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This XML Data Encoding Specification for US Government Agency Acronyms (USGOVAgency.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for using Extensible Markup Language (XML) to encode USGOVAgency data. This Data Encoding Specification (DES) defines the XML elements and attributes, associated structures and relationships, mandatory and cardinality requirements, and permissible values for representing USGOVAgency data concepts using XML. Versions 1 and higher of this Data Encoding Specification (DES) can be utilized with a Trusted Data Format structure and valid PUBS instances that use a Trusted Data Format (TDF) wrapper. A TDF instance may conform with multiple DES simultaneously assuming none of the criterion are in conflict.

This specification contains tagging structures for information resource metadata, mixed textual and media content found in the body of publications, source reference citations, classification and control markings, and knowledge assertions.

This is the first release of the specification and therefore provides no backward capability.

Compliance with this specification is measured against all aspects of the technical and documentary artifacts contained within the specification release package.

This specification is maintained by the IC Chief Information Officer via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT)

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Mission Requirements

This specification defines & baselines a Controlled Vocabulary Enumeration for US GOV Agency acronyms / definitions and establishes allowable US Agency Acronym values for the IC Enterprise.


This specification is designed to fulfill a number of requirements in support of the transformational efforts of the Intelligence Community. Many of these requirements are articulated in IC Directives 208, 209, 500-21, 501, 710, and ICPM - 2007-200-2 among others.


This specification is designed to support the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) Increment 1 Implementation Plan.

This specification supports common understanding and use of US Gov Agency Acronyms to enable  overall information sharing strategies and policies of the IC as established in relevant law, policy, and directives