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Chapter 6 ‐ Data Transmittal Procedures
Chapter 6 - Data Transmittal Procedures
The CES and MWR programs have established a central EDI Center to receive data from large multiple-establishment firms. As your firm's representative, you will create files of data in CES and/or MWR standardized formats. While electronic data reporting is preferred, the EDI Center can accept data files on magnetic media such as cartridge, tape, or diskette.
When your firm is ready to begin reporting data to the EDI Center, please notify the EDI Center in advance so that we can prepare for its receipt. If you wish to submit your data on magnetic medium, such as cartridge, tape, or diskette, the EDI Center will also assist in the creation of a test transmittal and provide additional instructions, if necessary. Once you are ready to submit your data, or if you need any additional information, please contact the EDI Center (see Section 1.4).
6.1 Electronic Transmission
The EDI Center offers several modes for file transfer including standard File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and secure Web file transfer. The BLS staff will work with your data processing staff to establish and maintain connectivity. To ensure data security and confidentiality BLS requests that all files be encrypted using standard 128 bite encryption technology.
The section below describes more fully the basic file transfer options available. If these options do not suit your needs we will work with your IT staff to explore other transmission options.FTP Requirements:
For Web file transfer, you create the data file per BLS specifications and then transmit it via the Internet. An account number and password will be provided to you. With this option, all you need is access to the Internet. The file is automatically encrypted and transmitted to a secure server.
BLS can also accept files via other media such as magnetic tape, cartridge, CD, or diskette. Section 6.2 provides additional information regarding magnetic media process.
6.2 Media Transmission
Data files submitted via magnetic tape should be in ASCII or EBCDIC format using standard IBM labels. Tapes are recommended to be 6250 BPI with a block size of 23450 (the block size for a 350-character record). The EDI Center can process only 3480 compatible cartridges.
BLS EDI CenterThe EDI Center will not return cartridges, tapes, or diskettes unless specifically requested to do so.
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Last Modified Date: September 29, 2005