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not (one's) department

Not one's area of expertise or responsibility. I can't approve expense reports—that's not my department. Car repair isn't really Jim's department, but I'll take a look at the engine if you like.
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not your department

If a task or area of knowledge is not your department, you are not responsible for it or do not know much about it. The political issues are something else, but that's not really my department. `If you identify him, then what?' — `Not my department.' Note: You can also say that something is your department if you are responsible for it or know a lot about it. `So what do we do with him?' Admiral Polaski asked. `That, gentlemen, is our department,' Rintner said. Bill spoke expertly. This had been his department.
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The schools on Kwajalein, like nearly everything else on the island, are run by defense contractors--they are not Department of Defense schools.
As traditional health information management functions continue to become "virtual" and not department focused, the key to successful record and data management is to effectively link staff resources that impact the record.
Ingersoll thought the future of retailing was not department stores, so he didn't need page after page of May Co.
The spouses and children of officers are not department employees and owe no duty whatsoever to the department or the city of Los Angeles.
it is unclear what authority he has to review a contract that the CPA entered, particularly considering that the CPA relies on seized Iraqi assets, not Department of Defense dollars to compensate Custer Battles," a lawyer at Arnold & Porter wrote in an email to Custer.
Footnote 41 Source: Directorate of Coordination of Population-Related Activities, Ministry of Planning, Development and Cooperation (MPDC), not Department of Population, MoPC, 2004.
We always have the house view of bed availability, not department by department," Jensen says.
They feel like specialty stores, not department stores," said Jones.
The big market for mannequins is not department stores.
FPL has learned from this process that wireless technologies should be selected and implemented by all departments, not department by department, and that the most effective training takes place one-on-one in the vehicle.
Penney, Linens 'n Things and Bed Bath & Beyond are heavily invested in the business, why not department stores?
Whole health needs to be whole store, not department centric.
Parks has asked his field commanders to increase the diversity of citizen advisory boards at each station and to include more people who are not department boosters.
United Sleep Products targets sleep shops and furniture stores -- but not department stores, according to Paul Sullivan Jr.