ADS Chapter 501

The Automated Directives System (ADS)

Functional Series 500 – Management Services

Full Revision Date: 05/26/2017
Responsible Office: M/MPBP/POL
File Name: 501_052617


Every Federal agency is required to make and preserve records of its policies and procedures and to adequately document the information through effective directives management (44 USC, Section 3101 and 36 CFR Section 1222). The Automated Directives System (ADS) is USAID’s directives program. The ADS contains the organization and functions of USAID, along with the policies and essential procedures that guide the Agency’s programs and operations. It is intended to provide the information that employees need to carry out their responsibilities and to achieve Agency goals, consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and policy decisions. This chapter provides the policies and procedures for the development and maintenance of material contained in the ADS.