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Appendix A

Additional Resources

1.    Coates Act. Community Services Block Grant Act.  PUBLIC LAW 105–285—OCT. 27, 1998.  Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998. 


Acronyms and Definitions

This your Alphabet Soup Glossary for some of the acronyms frequently heard in CAAs. 

AAA

Area Agency on Aging (now called Agency on Aging)

A/P

Accounts Payable

A/R

Accounts Receivable

AFDC

Aid to Families with Dependent Children

CAA

Community Action Agency

CAB

Community Action Board (required of a public CAA)

CAC

Community Action Council (can be either a CAA or the name for an advisory council)

CCCC

Child Care Coordinating Council (day care standards, a.k.a. 4Cs)

CSS

Catholic Social Services (now Catholic Charities)

CAP

Community Action Program (also used synonymously with CAA).
Community Action Partnership (formerly NACAA, the National Association of Community Action Agencies)  http://www.communityactionpartnership.com

CDBG

Community Development Block Grant

CETA

Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1972 (replaced by JTPA in 1982)

CFNP

Community Food and Nutrition Programs

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations    http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/index.html

COA

Commission on Aging; Council on Aging

CPA

Certified Public Accountant

CSA

Community Services Administration (no longer in existence as of October 1981)

CSBG

Community Services Block Grant Act of 1981 (Created as part of the Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1981) http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/csbg/

DEO

Department of Economic Opportunity 

DHHS

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services    http://www.hhs.gov/

DOE

Department of Energy    http://www.doe.gov/

DOL

Department of Labor    http://www.dol.gov

ECIP

Energy Crisis Intervention Program

EEO

Equal Employment Office/r;  
Equal Employment Opportunity/-ies

EEOC

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission    http://www.eeoc.gov/

EFMS

Emergency Food and Medical Services

EOA

Equal Opportunity Act of 1964 (replaced October, 1981)

EOC

Economic Opportunity Commission

EOO

Equal Opportunity Office/r

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency    http://www.epa.gov/

ERA

Energy Research Agency; Equal Rights Amendment

ERISA

Employee Retirement Income Security Act

ES

Employment Security

EZ/EC

Enterprise Zone/Enterprise Community

FASB

Financial Accounting Standards Bureau  
Financial Accounting Standards Board    http://www.fasb.org/

FEPC

Fair Employment Practices Commission http://www.nps.gov/elro/glossary/fepc.htm

FERC

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission   http://www.ferc.gov/

FICA

Federal Insurance Contribution Act

FNS

Food and Nutrition Service

FY

Fiscal Year

GA

General Assistance; Grants Administration

GAAP

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. (Published by FASB)

GAAS

Generally Accepted Auditing Standards

GAGAS

Generally Accepted Government Accounting Standards

HAP

Homeless Assistance Program

HCDA

Housing and Community Development Act

HEAP

Home Energy Assistance Program (also known as Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP)

HEW

U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.  
Now Department of Health and Human Services  http://www.hhs.gov/

HHS

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   http://www.hhs.gov/

HRD

Human Resources Development

HUD

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  http://www.hud.gov

JTPA

Job Training Partnership Act of 1983 (replaced CETA)

LEAA

Law Enforcement Assistance Administration

LIHEAP

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (a.k.a. HEAP)

LULAC

League of United Latin American Citizens   http://www.lulac.org

MIS

Management Information Systems

NAACP

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People http://www.naacp.org

NACD

National Association For Community Development

NACAA

National Association of Community Action Agencies. Now Community Action Partnership.

NASCSP

National Association of State Community Services Programs

NCAF

National Community Action Foundation

OBRA

Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1981 (established the CSBG and other Block Grants)

OCD

Office of Child Development

OEO

Federal Office of Economic Opportunity (transformed into the Community Services Administration in 1975)

OIC

Opportunities Industrialization Center

OMB

Office of Management and Budget

OMBE

Office of Minority Business Enterprises

OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (under Department of Labor)  http://www.osha.gov

PAC

Policy Advisory Committee; Parent Advisory Committee; Political Action Committee

PIC

Private Industry Council, for JTPA

RFP

Request for Proposal

SBA

Small Business Administration   http://www.sba.gov

SDA

Service Delivery Area, local area served by JTPA

SDI

State Disability Insurance; Strategic Defense Initiative

Section 8

Various Housing Programs

Section 202

Various Housing Programs

Section 236

Various Housing Programs

SOEO

State Office of Economic Opportunity

SJTCC

State Job Training Coordinating Council

SSA

Social Security Administration  http://www.ssa.gov

SSI

Supplemental Security Income

SUA

State Units on Aging

SUI

State Unemployment Insurance

T&TA

Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA)

USDA

U.S. Department of Agriculture www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome

WIC

Women, Infants and Children Program

WIN

Work Incentive Program

WRO

Welfare Rights Organization

WX

Weatherization. Low income weatherization assistance program.

YEP

Youth Employment Program (formerly NYC, or Neighborhood Youth Corps)

YDP

Youth Development Program

YOP

Youth Opportunity Program

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