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Acronyms and Abbreviations

Acronyms and Abbreviations in ProQuest® Congressional Data

Some of the data in ProQuest® Congressional is expressed within the results record as an abbreviation or a non-equivalent acronym. In many cases, this will not impact your search results because the term is also spelled out elsewhere in the results record. In some cases, however, it may be helpful for you to know what the acronym or abbreviation stands for. Here is a partial of abbreviations and non-equivalent acronyms you may encounter:

This abbreviation/acronym ...may refer to this term:
ABA American Bar Association
Act Acting
ADAMHA Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration
Adm Admiral
Admin Administration
AEC Atomic Energy Commission
AF Air Force
AFB Air Force base
Aff Affairs
AFL-CIO American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations
Agric Agriculture, agricultural
AID Agency for International Development
AIDS Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Ala Alabama
Amer America, American
Approp Appropriations
Ariz Arizona
Ark Arkansas
Assn Association
Assoc Associate
Asst Assistant
AT&T American Telephone & Telegraph Co.
Atty Attorney
Bd Board
Bibl Bibliography
Bldg Building
BNDD Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
Br Branch
Brig Gen Brigadier General
Bros Brothers
Bull Bulletin
Bur Bureau
CAB Civil Aeronautics Board
Calif California
Capt Captain
CBO Congressional Budget Office
CCC Commodity Credit Corp.
CDC Centers for Disease Control; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CEO Chief executive officer
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality
CFTC Commodity Futures Trading Commission
CHAMPUS Civilian Health and Medical Program of Uniformed Services
CHDC Congressional Hearings Digital Collection
Chm Chairman
Cmdr Commander
Co Company
Coll College
Colo Colorado
Commdr Commodore
Commr Commissioner
Compt Comptroller
COMSAT Communications Satellite Corp.
Conf Conference
Conn Connecticut
Coop Cooperative
Coord Coordinator
Corp Corporation
CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission
CRDC Congressional Research Digital Collection
CRS Congressional Research Service
Cty County
CY Calendar Year
CZ Canal Zone
DC District of Columbia
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
Def Defense
Del Delaware; delegate
Dep Deputy
Dept Department
Dev Development
DHS Department of Homeland Security
Dir Director
Dist District
Div Division
Doc Document
DOD Department of Defense
DOL Department of Labor
Educ Education, educational
Elem Elementary
Engr Engineer
Estab Establishment
Exec Executive
Eximbank Export-Import Bank
FDCH Federal Document Clearing House
Fdn Foundation
FEC Federal Election Commission
Fed Federal
Fedn Federation
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Administration
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
FIND Federal Information and News Dispatch, Inc.
Fla Florida
FmHA Federal Home Administration
  Federal National Mortgage Association
FNS Federal News Service
FSLIC Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corp.
FY Fiscal Year
Ga Georgia
GAO Government Accountability Office; General Accounting Office
Gen General
Gov Governor
Govt Government
Govtl Governmental
Grad Graduate
HHS Department of Health and Human Services
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Hosp Hospital
HQ Headquarters
Hwy Highway
Ill Illinois
Inc Incorporated
Ind Indiana
Info Information
INS Immigration and Naturalization Service
Inst Institute
Instn Institution
Intl International
IT&T International Telephone and Telegraph Co.
JCS Joint Chiefs of Staff
Jr Junior
Jt Joint
Kans Kansas
Ky Kentucky
La Louisiana
Legis Legislative
LC Library of Congress
Mass Massachusetts
Md Maryland
Mfg Manufacturing
Mfr Manufacturer
Mgmt Management
Mgr Manager
Mich Michigan
Minn Minnesota
Miss Mississippi
MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mktg Marketing
Mo Missouri
Mont Montana
Natl National
NC North Carolina
NDak North Dakota
Nebr Nebraska
NH New Hampshire
NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety Administration
NJ New Jersey
NMex New Mexico
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NTIS National Technical Information Service
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
NYC New York City
NY State New York State
OCC Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
OE Office of Education
OEO Office of Economic Opportunity
Okla Oklahoma
OPM Office of Personnel Management
Ops Operations
Oreg Oregon
OTA Office of Technology Assessment
Pa Pennsylvania
PHS Public Health Service
PL Public Law
PR Puerto Rico
Pres President; presidential
Pres communic Presidential communication
Prof Professor
Pt Part
Pub aff Public affairs
R&D Research and development
REA Rural Electrification Administration
Res Commr Resident Commissioner
Rep Representative
Ret Retired
RI Rhode Island
Rpt Report
RR Railroad
SBA Small Business Administration
SC South Carolina
SDak South Dakota
Sec Secretary
Sen Senator
Sr Senior
Soc Society
Spec Special
St Saint
Subcom Subcommittee
SuDoc Superintendent of Documents
Supt Superintendent
Supvr Supervisor
Surg Gen Surgeon General
Tenn Tennessee
Tex Texas
Treas Treasury, treasurer
TTPI Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
UCLA University of California, Los Angeles
UMTA Urban Mass Transit Administration
Univ University
UNRRA United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
USIA U.S. Information Agency
USMC U.S. Marine Corps
USPS U.S. Postal Service
Va Virginia
VA Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans Administration
VI Virgin Islands
VISTA Volunteers in Service to America
VP Vice President
Vt Vermont
WAC Women’s Army Corps
Wash State Washington State
Wis Wisconsin
WVa West Virginia
WWI World War I
WWII World War II
Wyo Wyoming

Search Equivalents

Search Equivalents in ProQuest® Congressional

Some acronyms are equivalent to the terms they represent. In some cases, variant spellings can also be used interchangeably. Equivalencies allow you to enter any allowable form of the term to return a result. Here is a partial list of search equivalents that can be used to search ProQuest® Congressional:

If you enter as a term... will also get results for these equivalent terms:
AAA American Automobile Association
ABM Anti-ballistic missile; antiballistic missile
ACLU American Civil Liberties Union
AFDC Aid to Families with Dependent Children
AFGE American Federation of Government Employees
AGA American Gas Association
AHA American Hospital Association
AMA American Medical Association AGA
AMEX, AMSE, ASE American Stock Exchange
API American Petroleum Institute
ARAMCO Arabian-American Oil Co.
ASEAN Association of South East Asian Nations
BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs
BIS Bank for International Settlements
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics
CBOT Chicago Board of Trade
CIA Central Intelligence Agency
CME Chicago Mercantile Exchange
COMEX Commodity exchange
CPA Certified public accountant
CPI Consumer Price Index
CWA Communication Workers of America
DAR Daughters of the American Revolution
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
DOD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
DOI Department of Interior
DOJ Department of Justice
DOT Department of Transportation
EEC European Economic Community
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FDIC Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
FERC Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FHA Federal Housing Administration
FHLBB Federal Home Loan Bank Board
FICA Federal Insurance Contributions Act
FMC Federal Maritime Commission
FOMC Federal Open Market Committee
FPC Federal Power Commission
FR Federal Register
FRB Federal Reserve Board
FTC Federal Trade Commission
GAO General Accounting Office
GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GNP Gross National Product
GPO Government Printing Office
GSA General Services Administration
HEW Department of Health and Human Services; Department of Health, Education and Welfare
HMO Health maintenance organization
HUD Department of Housing and Urban Development
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
IAMAW International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
IATA International Air Transport Association
IEBW International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
ICA International Communication Agency
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
ICBM Intercontinental ballistic missile
ICC Interstate Commerce Commission
ILO International Labor Organization
IMCO Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization
IMF International Monetary Fund
INTERPOL International Criminal Police Organization
IRS Internal Revenue Service
ITU International Telecommunication Union
KKK Ku Klux Klan
LEAA Law Enforcement Assistance Administration
LIUNA Laborers International Union of North America
MIRV Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle
NAACP National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NALC National Association of Letter Carriers
NAM National Association of Manufacturers
NAS National Academy of Sciences
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASD National Association of Securities Dealers
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NBA National Basketball Association
NCAA National Collegiate Athletic Association
NEA National Education Association
NEH National Endowment for the Humanities
NFL National Football League
NHL National Hockey League
NIOC National Iranian Oil Co.
NLRB National Labor Relations Board
NPC National Petroleum Council
NRA National Rifle Association
NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NSA National Security Agency
NSC National Security Council
NSF National Science Foundation
NYME New York Mercantile Exchange
NYSE New York Stock Exchange
OAS Organization of American States
OCAWIU Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union
OCC Omnibus crime control
OECD Organization for European Cooperation and Development
OMB Office of Management and Budget
OPEC Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSM Office of Surface Mining
PEMEX Petroleos Mexicanos
PLO Palestine Liberation Organization
POW Prisoner of war
PTA Parent Teacher Association
PTO Patent and Trademark Office
ROTC Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
Russia Soviet Union, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
SAC Strategic Air Command
SALT Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
SEATO Southeast Asia Treaty Organization
SEC Securities and Exchange Commission
SMWIA Sheet Metal Workers International Association
SPCA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
SSA Social Security Administration
SST Supersonic transport
TC Trade commission
TV Television
TVA Tennessee Valley Authority
UAW United Automobile Workers; United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Workers
UBCJA United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
UERMWA United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America
UK United Kingdom
UMW United Mine Workers
UN United Nations
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UPI United Press International
US United States
USAF United States Air Force
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
USO United Service Organizations
USSR Soviet Union; Russia
VA Veterans Administration
VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars
VOA Voice of America
WCTU Women’s Christian Temperance Union
WHO World Health Organization
WPI Wholesale price indexes
YMCA Young Men’s Christian Association
YWCA Young Women’s Christian Association