Variant Organization Name
|Mandatory||Repeatable||Data Type||Authority||Public Element|
|No||Yes||Variable Character Length (700)||None||Yes|
|Definition:||Familiar or commonly used designations for an organization that varies from the organization's official name.|
|Purpose:||Allows users to search for organizations by any known name. Ensures that users are able to identify and retrieve records about a particular organization consistently, regardless of the use of common variants in the search.|
Enter any additional or variant name for the organization.
Use initial capital letters. End the name with a period. (Periods will be used to indicate the different hierarchical levels of a variant organization name.)
Do create a variant name for commonly used acronyms, such as "CIA" for "Central Intelligence Agency."
Do not enter Variant Organization Name unless Organization Name has been given.
Do not routinely create variant names for the common abbreviations "U.S." or Dept."
Provide explanations of variant names in Administrative History Note.