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State Wage Interchange System (SWIS)


On May 3, 2019, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education sent the State Wage Interchange System (SWIS) Data Sharing Agreement (Agreement) to state workforce administrators, state adult education directors, state vocational rehabilitation (VR) directors, and state unemployment insurance directors for their review and signature. States signing the Agreement will be able to exchange interstate quarterly wage records with any other State signing the Agreement to satisfy performance reporting requirements in section 116 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). States not signing the SWIS Agreement will need to develop and execute separate interstate wage sharing agreements with other States to satisfy the requirement that States use interstate wage records in measuring a State's performance on the WIOA primary indicators of performance. The SWIS Agreement replaces the Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS and WRIS2) Data Sharing Agreements previously executed by most States.

Although similar to the WRIS and WRIS2 Agreements, the SWIS Agreement incorporates all six WIOA core programs. The SWIS Agreement also addresses the requirements of WIOA, the confidentiality requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for education records, and the VR program regulations for VR records.

To aid your review of the SWIS Agreement, please review the background document that provides information and technical assistance developed by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education related to the purpose, applicability, and content of the SWIS Agreement.

Should you have questions or require more information, State workforce agencies may email SWIS@dol.gov; State adult education agencies may email NRS@ed.gov; and State VR agencies may email RSAData@ed.gov. The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education encourage workforce development agencies to listen to the SWIS Agreement webcast and participate in upcoming technical assistance events.