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Term Definition
CFDA Program

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of Federal programs that are available to organizations, government agencies (state, local, tribal), U.S. territories, and individuals who are authorized to do business with the government. A CFDA program can be a project, service, or activity. Each CFDA program has a unique, 5-digit number in the form of XX.XXX. The first two digits represent the funding agency. The last three digits represent the program.

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An agreement between the Federal government and a prime recipient to provide goods and services for a fee.


A business, organization, or agency that receives funding and/or performs work on a contract. A contractor may be a corporation, small business, university, non-profit, sole proprietor, or other entity. When a company has a contract with the U.S. government, they may hire another company to perform part of the work. When this happens, the company who received the award is called the prime contractor. The company hired by the prime is called the sub-contractor.