For more than a decade a handful of states, including Florida, Maryland, Alaska and Washington received annual data extracts from selected Federal agencies for state-specific uses. Individual negotiations between a state and the Federal agencies enabled these extracts to be delivered. No one attempted to reach agreement among the states on the timing of the request, the format and modality of state data delivery to each agency, the data fields sought, the deadline for return or the agreed upon price to be paid for the extract.
The pioneers in this exchange began to express concern about a go-it-alone approach, recognizing that joining of forces would achieve efficiencies for the Federal agencies, and that spreading adoption of performance measures with teeth would result in rapid growth in the number of states asking for such data. However, there was, and still is, a degree of concern that transition from a one-on-one, state-to-agency relationship to voluntary group membership would result in a loss of needed content or timing flexibility. In 2004, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration funded a pilot initiative, the Federal Employment Data Exchange System (FEDES), to test whether state-specific needs can be satisfied so group efficiencies can be realized.
The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) is responsible for the administration of FEDES. In order to participate in FEDES, a state must negotiate a data sharing agreement with DLLR. A sample data sharing agreement is available on this web site. The Jacob France Institute (JFI) is responsible for technical operations, managing the FEDES portal and studying challenges that are encountered in the use of data received by states for Federal performance reporting purposes. Information on the technical operations of FEDES, including how to participate in FEDES, the data exchange process, and sample record layouts, may be found in the Technical Operations Handbook. Schedules for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 quarterly data exchange cycles are also available on this website. A Guide to New WIASRD-Compatible OPM, USPS and DOD Matched Record Data Fields explains how the FEDES data can be used for federal reporting under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
For more information or questions regarding the FEDES project contact Stacey Lee.