Information Resources and Technology Management


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Program Names and Acronyms
Official names and acronyms that identify the primary operating programs and basic organizational structure of the Service Directorate.
Program Name:  Character Field

Program Acronym:  Alpha

Program name, up to a maximum of 100 characters, including the letters A-Z, punctuation marks, and the forward slash (/) character.

Program acronym, up to a maximum of 5 letters from A through Z.

Recommended Field Name Program Name:  PROGRAM

Program Acronym:  PROGACRO

The official values to be used for this data element are described in the Reference.
An ASCII (.txt) file of the values to be used for this data element is available here. These values are current as of February 6, 2014.
Historical Data For information on past versions of this standard, contact the Chief Data Officer

Part 270, FW 6, Data Management and Standards, has been superceded by Part 274, FW 2, Establishing Service Data Standards.

Washington Office - Table of Organization

Part 022, Chapter 2, Office of the Director - organization and structure of the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Use Instructions
As of the approval date, this data element will be used in any new automated system, data set, database, or information application, including new Geographic Information System (GIS) data and applications. This data element will also be used in any major modifications to existing systems or versions of these data-related items that identify or classify the primary operating programs and basic organizational structure of the Service Directorate.

Assistant Directors provide staff support to the Director and Deputy Director and, within this broad area, direct the operations of Budget, Planning and Human Resources; Business Management and Operations; Endangered Species; External Affairs; Fisheries and Habitat Conservation; Information Resources and Technology Management; International Affairs; Law Enforcement, Migratory Birds; National Wildlife Refuge System; and Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs.

Service staff are strongly encouraged to utilize this data element in existing systems, data sets, databases, and information applications. Where existing systems and data-related items are not in compliance, they should be modified to achieve compatibility and implement this data standard.

The program acronym should be used in conjunction with the program name whenever possible. Program names and acronyms will be handled as separate data fields in any new or modified automated system, and will not be combined in a single data field.

Approval Date
February 23, 2000
Validation Date
September 13, 2013
Data Steward
Chief Data Officer


Last updated: May 9, 2019