Technically, most of these are not acronyms, but are just abbreviations. (True acronyms are abbreviations pronounced as a word, like NASA or SCUBA.) We beg your indulgence. Please let us know if you encounter frequently used abbreviations we should add to this list by submitting your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Consulting firm specializing in local government services, such as indirect cost accounting. www.abacus.com
Act that created a variety of new federal programs to address continuing pandemic-related crises, including a direct allocation to counties.
Enhances excellence in association management, and the effectiveness of associations to better serve members and society. www.asaecenter.org
The investigation division of the ND Attorney General's Office. attorneygeneral.nd.gov/criminal-justice-resources
Professional certification sponsored by ASAE. www.asaecenter.org/programs/cae-certification
2021 Act to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
County workers comp group managed by NDACo. Through CEG, all member county employees are treated as if having one employer, saving counties money in Workforce Safety & Insurance (WSI) matters. www.ndaco.org/ceg
A state, tribal, local, or territorial health assessment that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.
Federal program known in ND as Healthy Steps. www.benefits.gov/benefit/1429
Framework that provides comprehensive data to the criminal justice community in ND.
National organization promoting funding for local government programs addressing youth.
Resuming government services after a disaster.
Statewide Interoperability Radio Network (see SIRN 20/20) has a governance structure that relies on input from local government in the form of four regional CRIBs.
North Dakota's leading broadband service provider. dakotacarrier.com
Division of the ND DOCR responsible for the delinquent youth committed to the custody of the state. In cooperation with NDACo, it administers various federal juvenile justice grant programs. www.docr.nd.gov/division-juvenile-services
State cabinet level agency responsible for adult probation, the penitentiary, Roughrider Industries, and the Division of Juvenile Services. www.docr.nd.gov
Awards given by NDACo annually to county government leaders nominated by their peers. www.ndaco.org/eicg
Four person committee established by the legislature to study and make reports/suggestions relating to 9-1-1 and Emergency Services in ND.
NACo division which partners with businesses, such as Nationwide Retirement Solutions, to provide counties services at reduced costs. www.naco.org/what-we-do/about-naco/naco-financial-services-corporation
Establishes and improves standards of state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting.
A computer system that analyzes and displays geographically referenced information. It uses data that is attached to a unique location.
A space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information.
Federal legislation with provisions to improve the portability of health insurance.
Database system developed by NDACo to keep track of member contact information, ILG transcripts, event attendance, etc.
501(c)3 subsidiary of NDACo created in 2000, serves as the professional development program of the Association. www.ndaco.org/ilg
Cabinet level state agency responsible for setting computer standards for state & counties. Maintains the state backbone, which allows counties to access the Internet.
Agreement allowing two or more government entities to excercise joint powers. See Section 54-40 of ND Century Code: www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t54c40.pdf
Bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the nation’s state lawmakers and staffs.
Established in 1905, it is the association of all North Dakota's County Commissioners. www.ndcca.org
Provides cost effective liability, automobile, and inland marine coverage to public entities. www.ndirf.com
The state's IT lead agency. www.nd.gov/itd
Organization that serves cities as NDACo serves counties. www.ndlc.org
The association serving townships as NDACo serves counties. www.ndtoa.com
A national association promoting 9-1-1 research, standards development, training, education, outreach, and advocacy. www.nena.org
Changing from today’s legacy voice 9-1-1 system to a system of systems to bring voice and data to the emergency response system. www.ndaco.org/programs_and_services/911
NDACo for-profit subsidiary created in 2000. Allows tech staff to support state and other agencies. www.nrgtechservices.com
NACo Partner. Offers public employee financial programs and supplemental retirement products (457 retirement plans, IRAs, etc.) www.nrsforu.com
NTIA is the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. www.ntia.doc.gov
An addition to a state agency’s budget that was identified by the agency in the budgeting process but not included in the Executive Budget Recommendation from the Governor.
U.S. Dept. of Justice office responsible for grant programs to states and local governments. NDACo provides the administrative contact with this agency, through a grant agreement with DJS. ojjdp.ojp.gov
Program to provide reimbursement to County Public Administrators for indigent persons that the court has determined have need of a guardian, but for whom no family member is available. State funds were appropriated to those serving as public administrator for counties that have committed to matching the state funds. NDACo collects the county funds – through a joint powers agreement – and disburses both the state and county funds for guardianship services.
Not-for-profit social service agency that provides therapeutic foster care in ND.
Center that answers 911 calls and dispatches emergency services. There are 21 PSAP’s and 1 Secondary PSAP in North Dakota. Eight are multi-jurisdictional, such as city/county or multiple counties.
Directors from the ND local public health units. www.ndsaccho.org
Governor appointed body to recommend federal juvenile justice grant funding.
Collaboration among state agencies and responder groups from across North Dakota for the purpose of continually improving communication between all emergency service providers critical for federal, state and local governments during an emergency.
Statewide initiative to study and recommend a consensus solution for delivering, integrating and supportin mission critical interoperable radio systems, and training for first responders and the public safety community.
ND 911 Association committee that researches 911 related technologies.
Telephone calls conducted over an Internet connection.
A partnership between NDACo and the ND Dept. of Transportation focused on ensuring the safety of our state’s road network, primarily encouraging safety belt usage and sober driving. visionzero.nd.gov
The Western Dakota Energy Association is a membership organization that represents the interests of counties, cities, and school districts that are impacted by energy development. www.ndenergy.org
NACo Affiliate dedicated to the promotion of Western interests. Its 15 members are: Alaska, Hawaii, Wash., Ore., Calif., Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota. www.naco.org/advocacy/western-interstate-region
Supports national leadership; federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments; and other authorized national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) users. www.cisa.gov/wireless-priority-service-wps
Formerly the ND Industrial School, this 100-bed facility accepts youth for treatment in the custody of the state, from the Juvenile Court for evaluations, and from local counties for short-term detention. www.docr.nd.gov/division-juvenile-services/youth-correctional-center