The Federal Facility Identification Data Standard was developed by the Environmental Data Standards Council (EDSC). The EDSC is a partnership among EPA, States, and Tribal partners to develop and agree upon data standards for environmental information collection and exchange. The Council seeks to promote efficient sharing of environmental information between State, EPA and Tribal partners through the development of data standards. More information about the EDSC is available on the EDSC website
The Federal Facility Identification Data Standard was approved by the Environmental Data Standards Council on July 29, 2003 and approved by EPA on November 12, 2003. Managers of Agency information systems that exchange federal facility identification information will implement this standard no later than September 30, 2006. System managers and Regions will include State partners in the implementation planning process for the standard.
The such and such document explains the purpose of the standard is to provide a consistent means of identifying whether a facility (or the land it occupies) is owned or operated, or was owned or operated, by the Federal government. An ancillary purpose of the Federal Facility Identification Data Standard is to provide a consistent means of indicating whether a facility is owned or operated, in whole or in part, by non-federal governments. The standard lists permissible value examples that, while not exhaustive, provides required naming conventions for describing information about federal facilities, including the responsible federal agencies, the types of ownership and operation, and the types of operation management. The data standard consists of a list of data elements, each of which is defined, and relationships or linkages with other Agency standards. The standard data elements and example permissible values are presented in Appendix A to the data standard and are recorded in EPA’s Environmental Data Registry (EDR) at http://www.epa.gov/edr/.