Acronyms Used in Government Contracting (C)

Master list of the most frequently used government contracting acronyms. These acronyms and abbreviations are routinely used in government solicitations. You will also encounter these acronyms throughout the various sections of government contracts. This master list of acronyms will help you better understand the specialized language of government contracting. This is essential for successfully doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) and working with contracting offices at military bases and DoD agencies.  You can also use our Glossary of defense contracting terms.


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C2   Command and Control
C3I   Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence
C3ISR   Command, Control, Communication, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
C4   Command, Control, Communications, and Computers
C4I   Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence
C4ISR   Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence,
Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
CA   Certification Authority
CAD   Computer Aided Design
CAIV   Cost As an Independent Variable
CALS   Continuous Acquisition and Life Cycle Support
CAM   Computer-Aided Manufacturing 
CAO   Contract Administration Office
CAP   Contractor Acquired Property
CAPE   Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
CAR   Configuration Audit Review
CARD   Cost Analysis Requirements Description
CAS   Cost Accounting Standard
CBA   Cost-Benefit Analysis
CBD   Chemical Biological Defense
CBDR   Contractor Business Data Report
CBO   Congressional Budget Office
CBRN   Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear
CBS   Cost Breakdown Structure 
CCB   Configuration Control Board
CCD   Contract Completion Date
CCDR   Contractor Cost Data Report
CCE   Component Cost Estimate
CCN   Configuration Change Notice
CCN   Contract Change Notice
CCP   Contract Change Proposal
CCPO   Consolidated Civilian Personnel Office
CDD   Capability Development Document
CDR   Contract Design Review
CDR   Contractual Data Requirement
CDR   Critical Design Review
CDRL   Contract Data Requirements List
CE   Cost Estimate
CEP   Contract Estimating and Pricing 
CETS   Contractor Engineering and Technical Services 
CFE   Contractor-Furnished Equipment
CFM   Contractor-Furnished Materiel
CFO   Chief Financial Officer
CI   Commercial Item
CI   Configuration Item
CICA   Competition in Contracting Act (1984)
CID   Commercial Item Description
CIO   Chief Information Officer
CJCS   Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
CLIN   Contract Line Item Number
CLS   Contractor Logistics Support
CM   Configuration Management   
CMO   Contract Management Office
CMP   Configuration Management Plan
CNO   Chief of Naval Operations
CO   Change Order
CO   Commanding Officer
CO   Contracting Officer
COAA   Course of Action Analysis
COAR   Contracting Officer’s Authorized Representative
CoC   Certificate of Competency
CoC   Certification of Compliance
COCO   Contractor-Owned, Contractor-Operated (Facilities)
COCOM   Combatant Command 
COMMINT   Communications Intelligence
CONOPS   Concept of Operations
COR   Contracting Officer’s Representative
COTR   Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative
COTS   Commercial Off-The-Shelf
CP   Change Proposal 
CPAF   Cost Plus Award Fee
CPAR   Contractor Performance Assessment Report
CPARS   Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System
CPD   Capability Production Document
CPFF   Cost Plus Fixed Fee
CPI   Consumer Price Index
CPIF   Cost Plus Incentive Fee
CPM   Contractor Performance Measurement 
CPO   Civilian Personnel Office
CPPC   Cost Plus Percentage of Cost
CPR   Contract Performance Report
CPSR   Contractor Procurement/Purchasing System Review
CQC   Construction Quality Control
CR   Change Request 
CRADA   Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
CSA   Chief of Staff of the Army
CSAF   Chief of Staff of the Air Force
CSC   Computer Software Component
CSCI   Computer Software Configuration Item 
CSD   Computer Software Documentation
CSDR   Cost and Software Data Reporting
CSI   Construction Specifications Institute  
CSS   Contractor Support Services
CWBS   Contract Work Breakdown Structure


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