Information Resources and Technology Management

Data Element: FISCAL YEAR

You are invited to read the definitions of terms used in this data standard.

Fiscal Year
The 12-month financial accounting period for which the Government plans the use of its funds.
YYYY, where each Y represents a number from 0 through 9.
Recommended Field Name FY
Four-digit number that represents the fiscal year.  
Historical Data

For information on past versions of this standard, contact the Chief Data Officer

Part 270, FW 6, Data Management and Standards, has been superceded by Part 274, FW 2, Establishing Service Data Standards.
Use Instructions
As of the approval date, this data element will be used in any new automated system, data set, database, or information application, including new Geographic Information System (GIS) data and applications. This data element will also be used in any major modifications to existing systems or versions of these data-related items that use the four-digit fiscal year.

Service staff are strongly encouraged to utilize this data element in existing systems, data sets, databases, and information applications. Where existing systems and data-related items are not in compliance, they should be modified to achieve compatibility and implement this data standard.

Approval Date
November 13, 2000
Validation Date
November 29, 2013
Data Steward
Chief Data Officer


Last updated: May 9, 2019