Information Resources and Technology Management


Procedure: DATA EXCHANGE FORMAT FOR CALENDAR DATE

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Name
Data Exchange Format for Calendar Date
Description
This standard provides guidance on the data format to be used whenever calendar date information is exchanged among information systems.
Type
Numeric
Syntax
MMDDYYYY, where each M, D, and Y represents a number from 0 through 9.
Values
Eight-digit numeric field:  Two-digit number that represents the calendar month (MM), followed by the two-digit number that represents the calendar day (DD), followed by the four-digit number that represents the calendar year (YYYY).  
Source
N/A
Historical Data For information on past versions of this standard, contact the National Data Administrator, Geospatial and Data Services, Division of Information Resources and Technology Management.
Reference(s)

Part 270, FW 6, Data Management and Standards, has been superceded by Part 274, FW 2, Establishing Service Data Standards.

Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 4-2, 1998 November 15, "Representation of Calendar Date for Information Exchange".

Use Instructions
Service staff will utilize this data exchange format in any new or existing systems, data sets, databases, and information applications.    

This standard adopts the FIPS PUB 4-2, "Representation of Calendar Date for Information Exchange," which reinforces the Federal Government's commitment to use data format standards that will facilitate a smooth transition of systems in the Year 2000.

Important Notice:  Effective September 2, 2008, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced in the Federal Register, Volume 73, No. 170 (73FR 51276), that the Secretary of Commerce approved the withdrawal of 10 FIPS Publications, including FIPS 4-2. These FIPS were withdrawn because they are obsolete or have not been updated to adopt current voluntary industry standards, federal specifications, federal data standards, or current good practices for information security. 

FIPS 4-2 adopted American Standard ANSI X3.30-1997:  Representation of Date for Information Interchange (revision of ANSI X3.30-1985 {RI991}), which was superseded by ANSI/INCITS 30-1997, Representation for Calendar Date and Ordinal Date for Information Exchange, InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (formerly NCITS), 01 Jan 1998.

Phase
Adopted
Approval Date
July 13, 1999
Validation Date
March 3, 2010
Data Steward
National Data Administrator, Geospatial and Data Services, Division of Information Resources and Technology Management.

 


Last updated: August 12, 2014