Acronyms Used in Government Contracting (S)

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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S&T   Science and Technology
S/V   Survivability/Vulnerability
SA   Supportability Analysis
SA   System Analysis
SAC   Senate Appropriations Committee
SADBU   Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
SAE   Service Acquisition Executive
SAF   Secretary of the Air Force
SAF(AQ)   Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition)
SAG   Study Advisory Group 
SAIE   Special Acceptance and Inspection Equipment
SAIP   Spares Acquisition Integrated with Production
SAM   System Acquisition Management
SAP   Simplified Acquisition Procedures 
SAR   Safety Assessment Report
SASC   Senate Armed Services Committee
SAT   Simplified Acquisition Threshold
SATCOM   Satellite Communications
SAW   Services Acquisition Workshop
SBA   Small Business Administration
SBC   Senate Budget Committee
SBE   Single Best Estimate
SBIR   Small Business Innovation Research (Program)
SBIRS   Space-Based Infrared Systems (Air Force)
SBP   Small Business Program
SBS   Small Business Specialist
SBTT   Small Business Technology Transfer
SCA   Service Contract Act
SCBCA   Small Claims Board of Contract Appeals
SCI   Software Configuration Item
SCM   Supply Chain Management
SCMP   Software Configuration Management Plan
SCN   Shipbuilding and Conversion (Navy)
SCN   Software Change Notice
SCN   Specification Change Notice
SDB   Small Disadvantaged Business
SDBUP   Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization Program
SDCE   Software Development Capability Evaluation
SDD   System Development and Demonstration 
SDF   Software Development File
SDP   Software Development Plan
SDR   Software Design Review
SDR   System Design Review 
SE   Support Equipment
SE   Systems Engineering
SECDEF   Secretary of Defense
SECNAV   Secretary of the Navy
SEI   Software Engineering Institute
SEM   Systems Engineering Management
SEMP   Systems Engineering Management Plan
SEP   Systems Engineering Plan 
SERD   Support Equipment Recommendation Data
SERD   Support Equipment Requirements Document
SETA   Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance
SF   Standard Form
SFR   System Functional Review
SHA   System Hazard Analysis
SI   Software Item 
SIA   Special Interest Area
SIC   Standard Industrial Classification
SIGINT   Signal Intelligence
SIGSEC   Signal Security
SIOH   Supervision, Inspection, and Overhead
SIPRNET   Secret Internet Protocol Router Network
S-IS   Software-Intensive System
SLEP   Service Life Extension Program
SLOC   Source Lines of Code
SMC   Space and Missile Systems Center
SMDC   Space and Missile Defense Command 
SME   Subject-Matter Expert
SMIP   Spares Management Improvement Program
SMP   Strategic Management Plan (DoD)
SOAL   Special Operations Acquisition and Logistics 
SOC   System Operational Concept
SOCOM   Special Operations Command
SOF   Special Operations Forces
SOFA   Status of Forces Agreement
SOO   Statement of Objectives
SOP   Standard Operating Procedure 
SoS   System of Systems
SOW   Statement of Work
SPA   Special Priorities Assistance
SPAWAR   Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
SPC   Statistical Process Control
SPD   System Program Director
SPE   Senior Procurement Executive
SPEC   Specification
SPG   Strategic Planning Guidance
SPM   System Program Manager 
SPO   System Program/Project Office 
SPS  Software Product Specification
SQEP   Software Quality Evaluation Plan
SQL   Structured Query Language
SRA   Shop Replaceable Assembly
SRD   Systems Requirements Document
SRDR   Software Resources Data Report
SRO   System Readiness Objective
SRR   System Requirements Review
SRRB   Services Requirements Review Board
SRS   Software Requirement Specification
SRU   Shop Replaceable Unit
SRU   Subassembly Repairable Unit
SSA   Source Selection Authority
SSAC   Source Selection Advisory Council
SSCI   Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
SSEB   Source Selection Evaluation Board
SSET   Source Selection Evaluation Team
SSG   Special Study Group 
SSHA   Subsystem Hazard Analysis
SSP   Source Selection Plan
SSPM   Software Standards and Procedures Manual
SSR   Software Specification Review
SSS   System/Subsystem Specification
SST   Source Selection Team
SSWG   System Safety Working Group
STA   System Threat Assessment
STAR   System Threat Assessment Report
STCC   Special Termination Cost Clause
STD   Software Test Description 
STE   Special Test Equipment
STEP   Simulation, Test, and Evaluation Process
STP   Software Test Plan
STPR   Software Test Procedures
STR   Software Test Report /  Software Trouble Report
SV   Schedule Variance  
SVR   System Verification Review
S/W   Software
SWCI   Software Configuration Item
SYSCOM   Systems Command 

 

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