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GovSpeak: A Guide to U.S. Government Acronyms & Abbreviations: B

The most current, extensive and fully-linked listing of U.S. government agency, office, program and publication acronyms.


B2S Build to Scale Program
B3 Bioeconomy, Bioenergy, Bioproducts Programs (older link archive)
B&B Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study
BAB Build America Bureau
BAER Burned Area Emergency Response (older link archive; archive2)
BAM Body and Mind (older link archive)
BARC Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (older link archive 1; archive 2)
BARDA Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (older link archive)
BAS Boundary and Annexation Survey
BASO at LBNL Bay Area Site Office at LBNL
BASO at SLAC Bay Area Site Office at SLAC
BAST Best Available and Safest Technologies
BATFE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
BATS Bomb Arson Tracking System
BB Biologics Branch (unable to verify 4/20)
BBB Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Branch (older link archive; archive2)
BBCB Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
BBD Biosystems and Biomaterials Division
BBDB Behavioral and Brain Development Branch (unable to verify 5/16; likely merged into Brain Development Research Consortium)
BBEBP Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Emerging Biotechnology Policy Division
BBG Broadcasting Board of Governors (changed to USAGM)
BBL Bird Banding Laboratory (older link archive; archive2; archive3)
BBNP Better Buildings Neighborhood Program
BBPSB Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch
BBRB Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch
BBS North American Breeding Bird Survey
BBSP Block Boundary Suggestion Project
BBTD Biosciences and Biotechnology Division (older link archive)
BC C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (changed to CWBYCTP) | Bureau of Competition
BC3 Building Component Cost Community (unable to access/verify 4/20)
BCA Biosurveillance Coordination Activity (unable to verify 6/14)
BCAP Biomass Crop Assistance Program (older link archive)
BCAT Building Code Adoption Tracking
BCBB Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (unable to verify 11/16)
BCCI Border Community Capital Initiative
BCFB Biotechnology Core Facility Branch
BCJI Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program
BCL Bureau of Certification and Licensing
BCM Bulk Chemical Manufacturer Reports
BCN Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Branch (older link archive; archive2)
BCOE FBI Biometric Center of Excellence (unable to verify 3/22, possibly replaced by PRSU; older link archive; archive2)
BCP Basic Center Program (older link archive) | Bureau of Consumer Protection
BCPRU Biological Control of Pests Research Unit (older link archive)
BCRC Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center
BCRS Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (merged into BHW)
BCS Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
BCSB Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch
BCSC National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center (older link archive)
BCSRB Behavioral and Cognitive Science Research Branch (changed to BCN)
BCTD Biomolecular and Computational Toxicology Division
BDAC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee
BDFWO Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife Office (older link archive)
BDM Business Employment Dynamics
BDP Big Data Program (changed to NODD; older link archive; changed from Big Data Project)
BDS Business Dynamics Statistics (older link archive)
BE Bureau of Economics
BEA Bureau of Economic Analysis
BEACON Beach Advisory and Closing On-line Notification
BEAD Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program
BEARFACTS BEA Regional Fact Sheets
BECON Biomedical Engineering Consortium (defunct as of 11/08)
BECP Building Energy Codes Program
BECRM Branch of Environmental and Cultural Resources Management (older link archive)
BEDES Building Energy Data Exchange Specification
BEDI Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (discontinued)
BEEF Big Explosives Experimental Facility
BEES Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability
BEG Border Enforcement Grant
BenMAP-CE Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program - Community Edition
BEP Bureau of Engraving and Printing
BER Biological and Environmental Research (older link archive)
BERA Business & Economics Research Advisor
BERD Business Enterprise Research and Development Survey
BES Basic Energy Sciences (older link archive) | Business Expenses Survey (older link archive)
BESAC Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee
BEST Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool | Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (changed to I&M, then ECO) |
Border Enforcement Security Task Force (older link archive)
BETO Bioenergy Technologies Office (older link archive)
BETTER Better Extraction from Text Towards Enhanced Retrieval
BFELoB Budget Formulation and Execution Line of Business (older link archive)
BFEM Budget Formulation and Execution Manager (unable to verify 8/18; older link archive)
BFRDP Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (older link archive)
BFRL Building and Fire Research Laboratory (absorbed into EL)
BFS Bureau of the Fiscal Service | Business Formation Statistics
BGLP Biomonitoring of Great Lakes Populations
BGN U.S. Board on Geographic Names (older link archive; archive2)
BGSEEF Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
BHA Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance
BHC United States-México Border Health Commission
BHCC Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (unable to verify 4/19)
BHDAP Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy (older link archive; archive2)
BHP Basic Health Program
BHPr Bureau of Health Professions (merged into BHW)
BHSIS Behavioral Health Services Information System (unable to verify 10/14)
BHSO Brookhaven Site Office (older link archive)
BHW Bureau of Health Workforce (older link archive)
BIA Board of Immigration Appeals | Bureau of Indian Affairs
BIBCO Monographic Bibliographic Record Program
BIDS Business Information Database System
BIE Bureau of Indian Education
BIEC Border Interagency Executive Council
BIF Bank Insurance Fund (merged into DIF)
BIMAS BioInformatics Molecular Analysis Section (unable to verify 8/18)
BIMO Bioresearch Monitoring
BIO Biosciences Division (older link archive) | Directorate for Biological Sciences
BioAMS National Resource for Biomedical Accelerator Mass Spectrometry
BioEco Biodiversity and Ecosystems Informatics Working Group (unable to verify 1/18)
BioLINCC Biologic Specimen and Data Repository Information Coordinating Center
BIP Balancing Incentive Program | Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
BIRD HLS U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Homeland Security
BIRDS Building Industry Reporting and Design for Sustainability (unable to verify 11/18)
BIS Bureau of Industry and Security (older link archive)
BISON Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (replaced by GBIF)
BITB Behavioral and Integrative Treatment Branch (defunct)
BI-TC Biometric and Identity Technology Center
BJA Bureau of Justice Assistance (older link archive)
BJS Bureau of Justice Statistics (older link archive)
BLAST Basic Local Alignment Search Tool
BLIP Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer (older link archive)
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics
BMBL Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
BMD Biomolecular Measurement Division | Borders and Maritime Security Division
BMDM Branch of Monitoring and Data Management
BMDR Ballistic Missile Defense Review (older link archive; archive2)
BMDS Benchmark Dose Software
BMGR Basic Mechanisms of Genome Regulation (changed to GBMGD; older link archive; archive2)
BMIS Bioresearch Monitoring Information System (older link archive)
BMS Bank Management System
BNI Beneficiary Notices Initiative
BNL Brookhaven National Laboratory
BNQP Baldrige National Quality Program (changed to BPEP)
BOC Bureau of the Census
BOD Binding Operational Directive (older link archive)
BOEM Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEMRE Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Bureau (replaced by BOEM and BSEE)
BOGS Branch of Geospatial Support
BOP Federal Bureau of Prisons
BOR Bureau of Reclamation
BORSTAR Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue
BORTAC Border Patrol Tactical Unit
BOSC Board of Scientific Counselors
BP Bureau of Budget and Planning (older link archive)
BPA Bonneville Power Administration (older link archive)
BPC U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission (inactive or defunct 2/17)
BPD Building Performance Database (older link archive) | Bureau of the Public Debt (merged into BFS)
BPEP Baldrige Performance Excellence Program
BPHC Bureau of Primary Health Care
BPN Business Partner Network (unable to verify 10/12)
BPP North American Bird Phenology Program (older link archive; archive2)
BPPC Border Patrol Processing Coordinator
BPS Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study | Building Permits Survey | Division of Biological & Physical Sciences | Office of the Biological Policy Staff (older link archive; archive2; archive3)
BQMS Biotechnology Quality Management System
BR Hazardous Waste Report (Biennial Report)
BR&D Biomass Research & Development
BRAC Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (unable to verify 12/19)
BRACE Building Resilience Against Climate Effects
BRAD Biomedical / Biobehavioral Research Administrator Development Program (unable to verify 11/16)
BRADS Biospecimen Repository Access and Data Sharing
BRAG Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants (older link archive)
BRAIN Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative
BRB Benefits Review Board (older link archive) | Biometric Research Branch (changed to BRP) | Biostatistics Research Branch
BRC Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future | Breastfeeding Report Card
BRD Biological Resource Division (changed to EMA) | Biological Resources Division | Broadband R&D (older link archive)
BRDIS Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey (older link archive)
BRE Book-Rich Environments Initiative
BRFSS Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
BRIAR Biometric Recognition and Identification at Altitude and Range
BRIC Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities
BRIDG Bimonthly Records and Information Discussion Group (older link archive)
BRIDGE C2 Building Research in Implementation and Dissemination to close Gaps and achieve Equity in Cancer Control
BRIDGE Train Building Research and Innovation for Development, Generating Evidence, and Training
BRIDGE-U Bringing Research to Impact for Development, Global Engagement, and Utilization
BRInE Brine Research Instrumentation and Experimental Laboratory
BRP Behavioral Research Program | Biometric Research Program
BRS Biotechnology Regulatory Service | Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic
BRSS TACS Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy
BSB Biomolecular Screening Branch (changed to PTB)
BSC Board of Scientific Counselors
BSCD Biological Sciences and Career Development Program (unable to verify 8/17)
BSE Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease)
BSEE Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
BSI Border Security and Immigration Policy
BSMD Biology and Soft Matter Division (unable to verify 8/18)
BSO Berkeley Site Office (changed to BASO at LBNL; older link archive)
BSP Bank Supervision Policy | Business Service Providers
BSPB Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch
BSR Division of Behavioral and Social Research
BSRM Bank Systemic Risk Monitor
BSRT Behavioral Sciences and Rehabilitation Technologies Program (unable to verify 8/17)
BSSD Biological Systems Science Division (older link archive; archive2)
BTA Bureau of Trade Analysis
BTC Benefits Tax Counsel
BTFA Bureau of Trust Funds Administration
BTLS Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study
BTO Building Technologies Office
BTOP Broadband Technology Opportunities Program; changed to BroadbandUSA
BTRIC Buildings Technology Research & Integration Center (older link archive)
BTS Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Budget LoB Budget Formulation and Execution Line of Business
BUILD Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (changed to RAISE)
BVA Board of Veterans Appeals
BVP Bulletproof Vest Partnership (older link archive)
B-WET Bay Watershed Education and Training (older link archive; archive2)
BWIP U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program
BWT Border Wait Times
BXA Bureau of Export Administration (changed to BIS)