AG – Attorney General. The Attorney General of the United States is the head of the U.S. Department of Justice. States also have Attorneys General as their chief legal officers.
AKA and AKS – These abbreviations can refer to one of two separate laws: First, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7(a) (“AKS”), which applies to federal healthcare program business; and, second, the federal Anti-Kickback Act of 1986, 41 U.S.C. § 51 et seq. (“AKA”), which applies to government contracts.
AUSA – Assistant United States Attorney. An attorney representing the United States working in the Department of Justice. AUSAs can work at and for one of the 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country, or at “Main Justice” in Washington, D.C.
CFPB – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
CFTC – Commodity Futures Trading Commission
CMS – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing Medicare, Medicaid, and other government healthcare programs.
DOD – United States Department of Defense
DOJ – United States Department of Justice
DOT – United States Department of Transportation
EU – European Union
FCA – False Claims Act. Depending on the context, can refer to the Federal False Claims Act, or a state False Claims Act.
FCPA –Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
FHA – Federal Housing Administration
FIRREA – Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989
FTC – Federal Trade Commission
GSA – United States General Services Administration. Constructs and manages federal buildings, and offers procurement services to government organizations.
HHS – United States Department of Health and Human Services
IRS – The Internal Revenue Service, a bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury.
SEC – United States Securities and Exchange Commission