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

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


P2 Pollution Prevention
P25 CAP Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program
P3 People, Prosperity and the Planet
P&R Personnel and Readiness
P&SP Packers and Stockyards Program (changed to PSD)
PA Bureau of Public Affairs (changed to GPA; older link archive)
PAAP Public Assistance Alternative Procedures
PAB Personnel Appeals Board | Program Analysis Branch
PACA Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act Program
PACCARB Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
PACE Pandemic Analytics Center of Excellence | Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem | Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures Survey | Prevention through Active Community Engagement (older link archive) | Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (older link archive)
PACEI Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (discontinued 1/18; documents & correspondence)
PACER Payments, Claims and Enhanced Reconciliation | Public Access to Court Electronic Records (older link archive)
PACHA Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (older link archive)
PACIFICA Pacific Ocean Interior Carbon database (older link archive; archive2; archive3)
PACT Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against AIDS (older link archive) | Practices to Accelerate the Commercialization of Technologies | Protecting American Communities Task Force
PAD Policy Analysis Division (unable to verify 8/21; older link archive; archive2; archive3)
PADD Petroleum Administration for Defense District | Product Acquisition & Deployment Directorate
PADRECC Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center
PAD-US Protected Areas Database of the United States (older link archive; archive2)
PAEO Policy Analysis and Engagement Office
PAER Performance Analysis and External Reporting Division
PAF Pregnancy Assistance Fund (older link archive; archive2; archive3)
PAFA Priority-based Assessment of Food Additives (unable to verify 5/19)
PAGER Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response
PAGES Public Access Gateway for Energy & Science
PAID Payroll Audit Independent Determination (terminated 1/21; older link archive; archive2)
PAIMI Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program
PAIR Patent Application Information Retrieval (retired 7/22; replaced by Patent Center) | Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights
PAIRS Partnerships to Advance Innovation and Regulatory Science
PAIVED Preventing and Addressing Intimate Violence when Engaging Dads
PAL FOIA Public Access Link
PAM Office of Acquisition and Property Management | Payment Automation Manager | Pesticide Analytical Manual (older link archive)
PAMA Pediatric, Adolescent & Maternal AIDS Branch (changed to MPIDB)
PAMS Portfolio Analysis And Management System
PANTHR Probabilistic Analysis for National Threats Hazards and Risks
PAO Privacy Act Office | Public Affairs Office (older link archive)
PARDON Office of the Pardon Attorney
PARIS Public Assistance Reporting Information System
PARISE Phased Array Radar Innovative Sensing Experiment
PARP Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program
PASS Physical Assessment Subsystem (older link archive) | Public Area Security Summits
PASSR Preadmission Screening and Resident Review
PatEx Patent Examination Research Dataset
PATH Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing | Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (older link archive)
PATHH Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (page archived 10/21; older link archive)
PATRIOT Visa Security Program - Pre-Adjudicated Threat Recognition Intelligence Operations Team
PAUSE Public Alert: Unregistered Soliciting Entities (older link archive)
PAVE Interagency Task Force on Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity
PAW Program to Achieve Wellness (unable to verify 3/19)
PBA Public and Business Affairs (changed to PAO)
PBEDs Person-borne Explosive Detection Training Guidelines
PBGC Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
PBI Plant Biotic Interactions Program
PBM Pharmacy Benefits Management Services
PBNDS Performance-Based National Detention Standards
PBRB Public Buildings Reform Board
PBRN Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks (older link archive)
PBS Public Buildings Service (older link archive)
PCII Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (older link archive; archive2; archive3; archive4)
PCIP Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (older link archive; archive2)
PCIS Person Centric Identity Services
PCLFD Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Freedom of Information Directorate
PCLO Privacy and Civil Liberties Office (changed to OPCL)
PCLOB Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (older link archive)
PCMDI Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (older link archive)
PCMH Patient Centered Medical Home (older link archive; archive2)
PCMSC Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (older link archive; archive2; archive3)
PCN Preassigned Control Number Program (older link archive)
PCOR Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
PCOS Physics of the Cosmos Program
PCPID President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (older link archive)
PCRB Process of Care Research Branch (unable to verify 11/16) | Prepublication Classification Review Board (older link archive)
PCRM Program in Cellular Regulation and Metabolism (unable to verify 11/16)
PCS Permit Compliance System
PCSBI Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (defunct; archived at Georgetown)
PCSF Procurement Collusion Strike Force (older link archive)
PCSFN President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (older link archive; archive2; archive3)
PCSP Provider Customer Service Program (older link archive)
PCSRF Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund
PCSS Providers Clinical Support System
PCSSP Private Charter Standard Security Program
PCT Patent Cooperation Treaty
PDB Planning Database (older link archive) | Population Dynamics Branch
PDBP Parkinson's Disease Biomarkers Program
PDC Prescott Dispatch Center | Proteomic Data Commons
PDCO Planetary Defense Coordination Office
PDE Planetary Data Ecosystem
PDEGEN Program on Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics (unable to verify 3/18)
PDG B-5 Preschool Development Birth through Five
PDM Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (older link archive)
PDMP Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (older link archive)
PDN Program in Developmental Neuroscience (unable to verify 3/18)
PDNB Pediatrics & Developmental Neuroscience Branch (changed to SBP)
PDP Pesticide Data Program
PDPS Problem Driver Pointer System (older link archive)
PD&R Office of Policy Development and Research
PDS Planetary Data System (older link archive)
PDSD Personnel Document Security Division (older link archive)
PDSI Palmer Drought Severity Index (older link archive)
PDT Position Designation Tool
PE Postal Explorer
PEADS Presidential Emergency Action Documents (non-gov site)
PEAP President's Education Awards Program
PEARS Program Evaluation and Reporting System (unable to verify 5/23; possibly replaced by N-PEARS)
PEATT PFAS Exposure Assessment Technical Tools (older link archive)
PeBL Personal eBook for Learning
PECAD Production Estimates and Crop Assessment Division (unable to verify 3/07; likely changed to IPAD)
PECE Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts (older link archive)
PEDAR Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports
PedNSS Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (discontinued 2012)
PEER Protecting Employees, Enabling Reemployment Initiative
PEHSU Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
PEIR Program Evaluation and Information Resources
PEMAD Populations and Ecosystems Monitoring and Analysis Division (older link archive)
PEMAT Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool
PEO Performance and Evaluation Office (older link archive)
PEP Population Estimates Program (older link archive) | Priority Enforcement Program | Privacy Engineering Program
PEPC Planning, Environment and Public Comment
PEPFAR President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (older link archive)
PEPH Partnerships for Environmental Public Health
PEPS Postsecondary Education Participants System (older link archive)
PEQIS Postsecondary Education Quick Information System
PERILS Propagation, Evolution, and Rotation in Linear Storms
PES Post-Enumeration Survey
PESD Pacific Ecological Systems Division
PESP Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program
PESTO Planetary Exploration Science Technology Office
PETS Postsecondary Education Transcript Studies
PEYA President’s Environmental Youth Award
PFAS Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
PFC Passenger Facility Charge Program
PFDS Precipitation Frequency Data Server (older link archive; archive2; archive3; archive4; archive5)
PFEL Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory (unable to verify 6/20)
PFIAB President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (changed to PIAB)
PFM Office of Financial Management
PfP Partnership for Patients (older link archive)
PFR Partners for Recovery (unable to verify 8/19)
PFS Pay for Success (unable to verify 9/23) | Principal Follow-Up Survey
PGC Federal Highway Policy & Guidance Center
PHIN Public Health Information Network
PHIN DIR PHIN Public Health Directory
PHINMS PHIN Messaging System
PHIN VADS PHIN Vocabulary Access and Distribution System
PHIO Public Health Informatics Office
PHITD Public Health and Integrated Toxicology Division
PHITPO Public Health Informatics and Technology Program Office (replaced by PHSIPO)
PHLIC Public Health Library and Information Center (changed to CDC Library)
PHLP Public Health Law Program
PHMOD Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division
PHMSA Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration
PHOD Physical Oceanography Division (older link archive)
PHPPO Public Health Practice Program Office (defunct)
PHPPP Plant Health and Production and Plant Products (older link archive; archive2)
PHPR Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (changed to CPR)
PHPS Public Health and Public Safety | Public Health Prevention Service
PHR Public Health Reports (older link archive)
PHREO Program in Human Research Ethics and Oversight
PHS Division of Public Health Services | Public Health Service (changed to ASH then OASH) | Public Health Statements (older link archive)
PHSIPO Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office (unable to verify 6/14)
PHSPO Public Health Surveillance Program Office (changed to PHSIPO)
PHTN Public Health Training Network (defunct; some content absorbed by CDC Learning Connection; older link archive)
PHU Periodic Health Update
PHY Physics Division
PI Office of Policy and International Affairs (changed to IA) | Pandemic Influenza programs | Promoting Interoperability (older link archive; archive2)
PIA Privacy Impact Assessments (DHS) | Privacy Impact Assessments (DOJ)
PIAAC Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies
PIAB President's Intelligence Advisory Board (unable to verify 2/21; older link archive)
PIADC Plum Island Animal Disease Center
PIAEE Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
PIC Performance Improvement Council (older link archive) | PNNL Institutional Computing (unable to verify 3/19)
PI CASC Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (older link archive; archive2; archive3)
PICH Partnerships to Improve Community Health
PICOE Payment Integrity Center of Excellence
PICS / PICSWEB Procurement Information Control System (unable to verify 2/16)
PI CSC Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (changed to PI CASC)
PID Pathway Interaction Database (website retired; content merged into NDEx)
PIDB Public Interest Declassification Board
PIDP Port Infrastructure Development Program
PIECP Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (older link archive; archive2)
PIER Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research
PIERC Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
PIF Pandemic Intervals Framework | Presidential Innovation Fellows | Public Inspection Files
PIFSC Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (older link archive)
PIGWAD Planetary Interactive G.I.S.-on-the-Web Analyzable Database (retired 2/19; replaced by MRCTR)
PIH Office of Public and Indian Housing (older link archive)
PIL Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force
PILB Public Information and Liaison Branch (changed to CB)
PILOT Planetary Image Locator Tool
PILOTS Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (changed to PTSDpubs)
PILT Payment in Lieu of Taxes
PIMS Pension Insurance Modeling System
PIN Public Integrity Section (older link archive)
PINC Potential Incident of Noncompliance (older link archive)
PINR Division of Price and Index Number Research
PIP President’s Intelligence Priorities
PIP-II Proton Improvement Plan II
PIR Payment Information Repository
PIRLS Progress in International Reading Literacy Study
PISA Program for International Student Assessment
PIT Point in Time homeless count
PITF President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
PJAC Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt
PLACES Population Level Analysis and Community Estimates
PLAIN Plain Language Action and Information Network
PLANTS Plant List of Attributes, Names, Taxonomy, and Symbols
PLC Price Loss Coverage
PLCY DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans
PLIP Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (page archived 10/21; older link archive)
PLLI National Institute on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (defunct)
PLR Polar Programs (changed to OPP)
PLS Physical and Life Sciences Directorate | Public Land Statistics (older link archive) | Public Libraries Survey
PLSS Public Land Survey System (older link archive; archive2)
PLT Patent Law Treaty
PM/WRA Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (also, WRA)
PN Promise Neighborhoods
PNB Presidential Nominations Branch (older link archive)
PNGV Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (unable to verify 12/12)
PNNL Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PNP Protection and National Preparedness (unable to verify 8/18; older link archive)
PNR Passenger Name Record
PNSO Pacific Northwest Site Office (older link archive)
PNSP Pesticide National Synthesis Project (older link archive)
PNSS Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (discontinued 2012)
PNT Positioning, Navigation and Timing (older link archive)
PNW Pacific Northwest Research Station (older link archive; archive2)
POB Pediatric Oncology Branch
PO.DAAC Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (older link archive; archive2)
POE Port of Entry (older link archive)
POES Polar Operational Environmental Satellites
POINTER Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders
POLAD Office of the Coordinator of the Foreign Policy Advisor Program (older link archive)
POMS Program Operations Manual System | Property Owners and Managers Survey
POP Pelagic Observer Program (older link archive)
PORTS PHEP ORR Reporting and Tracking System (older link archive; archive2) | Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System
POS Provider of Services Current Files (unable to verify 5/23)
POSSLQ partners of the opposite sex sharing living quarters
POST Public and Indian Housing One-Stop Tool
POTUS President of the United States
POWER Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization | Providing Opportunities for Women's Economic Rise
PPA Office of Policy Analysis
PPAC Patent Public Advisory Committee
PPB Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch | Program on Physical Biology (unable to verify 3/18)
PPBL PrePub Book Link
PPC Planning, Programming, and Coordination Group
PPCDL Plant Pathogen Confirmatory Diagnostics Laboratory
PPCETUCC Pilot Program for Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges
PPCS Police-Public Contact Survey (older link archive; archive2)
PPD Particle Physics Division | Political Prisoner Database (older link archive)
PPDB Pesticide Properties DataBase (older link archive)
PPDC Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee
PPE-Info Personal Protective Equipment Information
PPEO Program Performance and Evaluation Office
PPF Partnership for Peace Fund
PPFS Port Performance Freight Statistics Program
PPH Patent Prosecution Highway (older link archive)
PPHO Prion and Public Health Office
PPI Policy, Planning, and Innovation | Producer Price Index
PPIRS Past Performance Information Retrieval System (merged into CPARS; older link archive)
PPITS Program on Pediatric Imaging and Tissue Sciences (unable to verify 11/16)
PPITW Prices Paid Index for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates
PPL Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning
PPLS Pesticide Product and Label System
PPM Office of Program, Policy and Management (unable to verify 12/22)
PP-NAP Purchase to Plate National Average Prices
PPO Office of Policy and Public Outreach
PPOC Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
PPOHA Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans
PPOPs Program Performance One-Pagers
PPP Paycheck Protection Program (older link archive) | Prohibited Personnel Practices (older link archive)
PPPL Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
PPPO Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office
PPPR Project Plan Peer Review
PPPSR Poultry Production and Product Safety Research
PPQ Plant Protection and Quarantine
PPRO Program in Perinatal Research and Obstetrics (unable to verify 3/18)
PPRT Personal Property Reporting Tool
PPRTV Provisional Peer-Reviewed Toxicity Value
PPS Planetary Protection Subcommittee | Precipitation Processing System (older link archive) | Procurement & Property Services
PP-Suite Purchase to Plate Suite
PPT Personal Protective Technology Program
PPTE Public-Private Talent Exchange (older link archive)
PQC Post-Quantum Cryptography Initiative
PQMP Pediatric Quality Measures Program
PQRS Physician Quality Reporting System (discontinued 2016; transitioned to MIPS)
PR4 Project Responder 4
PR5 Project Responder 5
PR6 Project Responder 6
PR100 Puerto Rico Grid Resilience and Transitions to 100% Renewable Energy Study
PRA Presidential Records Act
PRAC Pandemic Response Accountability Committee
PRADO Policy Research, Analysis, and Development Office
PRAE Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology (unable to verify 11/16)
PRAMS Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System
PRAMStat PRAMS online data platform (discontinued)
PRAO Professional Responsibility Advisory Office
PRB Prevention Research Branch (older link archive) | Program Review Branch (older link archive) | Publications Review Board (changed to PCRB)
PRC Postal Regulatory Commission | Prevention Research Centers
PRC VCN Prevention Research Centers Vaccine Confidence Network
PRCC Prevention Research Coordinating Committee (older link archive)
PRCS Puerto Rico Community Survey
PRD Pilot Records Database | Program Review Division
PR-DRIFT Puerto Rico Demand Response Impact and Forecast Tool
PREA National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (unable to verify 2/18)
PREESAT Puerto Rico Energy Efficiency Scenario Analysis Tool
PREIS Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies Program
PREMIS Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies
PREP Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness
PREP PYP Personal Responsibility Education Program: Promising Youth Programs
PRF Prevention Resource Finder | Provider Relief Fund
PRHP Puerto Rico Highway Program
PRIDE Port-Radiation Inspection, Detection, & Evaluation System
PRIME Program for Investors in Microentrepreneurs
PRISM Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (older link archive) | Primary Response Incident Scene Management (older link archive) | Procurement Request Information System Management
PRISM-ID Protective Research Information System Management System replaced by PTMS)
PRIV Privacy Office, DHS
PRM Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (older link archive)
PRMP Public Risk Management Program
PRMS Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System
PRO Housing Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing
Project I-LAUNCH Indigenous Project Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health
Project LAUNCH Project Linking Actions Unmet Needs in Children Health
Project SERV School Emergency Response to Violence
PROSPERum Probability of Streamflow Permanence in the Upper Missouri River Basin
PROTECT Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation Formula Program
PRS HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Synthesis Project | Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program (older link archive) | Protocol Registration and Results System (older link archive)
PRSU Programs Research and Standards Unit
PSA Pretrial Services Agency | Project Shield America | Protective Security Advisor Program (older link archive; archive2; archive3; archive4)
PSAC Public Safety Advisory Committee
PSAF Pandemic Severity Assessment Framework
PSAP Participant Statistical Areas Program (older link archive)
PSB Payroll Services Branch (older link archive; archive2; archive3)
PSC Partnership for Sustainable Communities (unable to verify 8/18) | Post Summary Correction | Product Service Code | Program Support Center (older link archive) | Project Safe Childhood
PSCR Public Safety Communications Research (older link archive; archive2; archive3)
PSD Packers and Stockyard Division | Physical Sciences Division (changed to PSL) | Policy and Standards Division | Production, Supply and Distribution (older link archive) | Public Services Division
PSDB Pyramid Servings Database
PSEO Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes
PSEP Pharmacy Student Experiential Program
PSGP Port Security Grant Program (older link archive)
PSHSB Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau (older link archive)
PSI Physical Science Informatics | Proliferation Security Initiative
PSL Physical Sciences Laboratory
PSLF Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (older link archive)
PSN Project Safe Neighborhoods (older link archive)
PSNET Patient Safety Network
PSO Patient Safety Organization | Princeton Site Office (older link archive)
PSOB Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program (older link archive; archive2)
PSOTP Protective Service Operations Training Program (older link archive)
PSRs Prevention Status Reports
PSS Preferred Sustainability Status | Private School Universe Survey
PSTP Physical Security Training Program
PSW Pacific Southwest Research Station (older link archive; archive2)