Acronyms and Abbreviations

The following acronyms and abbreviations are commonly used throughout the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program (NRDAR Program).


AO Authorized Official
AP Assessment Plan
APA Administrative Procedure Act of 1946
AR Administrative Record
ARPA Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979
AUSA Assistant United States Attorney
BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs
BLM Bureau of Land Management
CAA Clean Air Act
CCMP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan
CCP Comprehensive Conservation Plan
CC&Rs covenants, conditions, and restrictions
CD Consent Decree or compact disk
CE categorical exclusion
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980
CERCLA Rule CERCLA Natural Resource Damage Assessments
CFR or C.F.R Code of Federal Regulations
COR Contacting Officer's Representative
Corps U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
COTR Contracting Officer's Technical Representative
CRIS Court Registry Investment System
CWA Clean Water Act (same as FWPCA)
CWAP Clean Water Act Plan
CZMA Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972
DEIS Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Department, DOI, or Interior U.S. Department of the Interior
DM Departmental Manual
DOA United States Department of Agriculture
DOJ United States Department of Justice
EA Environmental Assessment
EFT electronic funds transfer
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
ELIPS Electronic Library of Interior Policies
EO Executive Order
EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
ESA Endangered Species Act of 1973
FACA Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972
FAQs frequently asked questions
FEIS Final Environmental Impact Statement
FLPMA Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976
FONSI Finding of No Significant Impact
FR Federal Register
FS USDA Forest Service/U.S. Forest Service
FTE full-time equivalent
FWCA Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act
FWPCA Federal Water Pollution Control Act (same as CWA)
FWS or Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
FY fiscal year
GPRA Government Performance Results Act of 1993
HEA Habitat Equivalency Analysis
H.J.RES. House Joint Resolution (it becomes law if passed by both the House & Senate and approved by the President).
H.R. House of Representatives and designates a measure as a bill (it becomes law if passed by both the House & Senate and approved by the President).
IRS Internal Revenue Service
LAO Lead Authorized Official
LAT Lead Administrative Trustee
MBTA Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
MMPA Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPA Marine Protected Areas
MPRSA Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972
NAGPRA Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
of 1990
NBC National Business Center
NCP National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan or National Contingency Plan
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act of 1969
NHPA National Historic Preservation Act of 1966
NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service
NOA Notice of Availability
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOI Notice of Intent
NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPFC National Pollution Funds Center
NPL National Priorities List
NPS National Park Service
NRD natural resource damage
NRDA natural resource damage assessment
NRDAR natural resource damage assessment and restoration
NRHP Natural Register of Historic Places
OEPC Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance
OPA Oil Pollution Act of 1990
OPAC On-Line Payment and Collection
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSLTF Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund
PCBs polychlorinated biphenyls
PL or P.L. Public Law (designated by the number of the Congress and the order in which it is enacted).
PMB Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management and Budget
PMP Project Management Plan
PRP Potentially Responsible Party (can be substituted for Responsible Party [RP] as used in the OPA)
PSRPA Park System Resource Protection Act
RCDP Restoration and Compensation Determination Plan
RCRA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (same as SWDA)
Reclamation Bureau of Reclamation
Refuge System National Wildlife Refuge System
Restoration Program Natural Resource Damage Assessment and
Restoration Program
RHA Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899
ROD Record of Decision
RP Restoration Plan (or Responsible Party as used in the OPA)
RPM Remedial Project Manager
SARA Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986
Secretary Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior/ Secretary of the Interior
SEP Supplemental Environmental Project
SHPO State Historic Preservation Officer
SIP State Implementation Plan
SWDA Solid Waste Disposal Act (same as RCRA)
THPO Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
U.S. United States
U.S.C. or USC United States Code (compilation of all current Federal laws, arranged under 50 subject titles).
USCG United States Coast Guard
USGS U.S. Geological Survey

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