What Are Some Acronyms Used by the US Government?


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Some acronyms used for U.S. government agencies, programs and organizations include BLS for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CAP for Civil Air Patrol, DOI for Department of Interior, FDA for Food and Drug Administration and TSA for Transportation Security Administration. Acronyms for terms and measurements used by the U.S. government include CD for civil defense, FFY for federal fiscal year, AFDC for Aid to Families with Dependent Children, CPI for consumer price index and FMAP for Federal Medical Assistance Percentage.

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The U.S. government has acronyms that are designed for use by a variety of audiences. The audience categories include general audiences, IT organizations, health care, Medicare beneficiary and state. An example of a general acronym is A&G for acquisitions and grants. An acronym that falls under the IT organizations category is A/P for accounts payable. The health care category includes the acronym AABB for the American Association of Blood Banks.

Many agencies and terms fall under two or more audience categories. For instance, most terms and agencies used in the Medicare beneficiary category also fall under the health care category. The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, is one of these terms. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program, ADAP, falls under the categories of general, IT organizations, health care, Medicare beneficiary and state.

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