Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS)

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is responsible for the Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS) under the provisions of the WRIS Data Sharing Agreement.  As a partnership between the states and ETA, WRIS was developed to “facilitate the interstate exchange of wage data between participating states for the purpose of assessing and reporting on state and local performance for programs authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998” (WIA).  CDS2 supports the Office of Research and Program Development (OPDR), which is charged with the administration of the program.

Stringent confidentiality restrictions ensure security of the data exchanged among the states, and are critical to the successful operation of the WRIS.  Our team conducts onsite Confidentiality Compliance Reviews within state member Workforce Development and Employment Security agencies--we meet with senior staff members of state agencies, review security procedures and policies, provide technical assistance, and prepare a report of observations, noting best practices and areas for further improvement.  We also prepare and distribute to all state members a summary Annual Report based on the onsite state reviews conducted each year.

Our team supports the WRIS Advisory Group by maintaining continuous contact with members from the States, organizing quarterly meetings, preparing the formal Summary Report to be posted on ETA's public website, ensuring the provisions of the Advisory Group charter are met, and providing technical assistance to the States.  We also assisted the Advisory Group’s WRIS2 Work Group in developing an expanded, opt-in, voluntary WRIS2 exchange program rolled out in late 2011 for states that chose to execute a WRIS2 Data Sharing Agreement.

We support ETA's practice of providing in-depth training for staff members of WRIS state agencies by developing and presenting training modules for various WRIS training options, either by Webinar or in-person.  On behalf of ETA’s extensive outreach program with WRIS members, wealso maintain a Collaborative Workspace for states and oversee a public U.S. DOL Web site for relevant WRIS materials.  We also developed a detailed database of all state staff members who are involved with WRIS activities and maintain a continuously updated Listserv to permit targeted communications on short notice.