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The Federal Employment Data Exchange System (FEDES)


The Federal Employment Data Exchange System (FEDES) is an initiative that provides Federal and state agencies with an effective way to include Federal employment information in support of performance and evaluation reports required by Federal and state regulations. Quarterly data exchanges is supported between all 50 states and three Federal agencies: the Office of Personnel Management (OPM); the Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC); and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). There are currently 41 states and the District of Columbia participating in FEDES.


The Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration awarded funds to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) for the purpose of developing FEDES. The Jacob France Institute is responsible for the technical operations of the initiative, while DLLR oversees the administrative management of FEDES. In order to participate in FEDES, a state must have a signed data sharing agreement with DLLR. For additional information, please visit: http://www2.ubalt.edu/jfi/fedes/index.cfm

Approved Usage for FEDES Data

Approved usage for OPM and USPS data:

  • Satisfying, or contributing to, Federal performance measurement and consumer report activities required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) or Federal law or regulation;
  • Satisfying, or contributing to, state performance measurement and reporting requirements authorized under state law or regulation; and
  • Satisfying, or contributing to, other federal and state performance measurement or evaluation research requirements that must be specified in advance and approved by both Parties.

Approved Usage for DMDC

  • Satisfying, or contributing to, Federal performance measurement and consumer report activities required by the United States Office of Management and Budget or Federal law or regulation; and
  • Satisfying, or contributing to, other federal or state performance measurement or evaluation research requirements that must be specified in advance and approved by both Parties.

FEDES Resources

2013 FEDES Handbook - January 2013 Edition