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What sort of variables are in your data?

The EHRI-SDM contain over 100 different variables, or data elements, for each employee. The vast majority of these elements pertain strictly to employment. Items such as marital status or residence are not collected by the Federal Government. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), most of the OPM’s data are public information, even data at the individual level. Certain exclusions apply, however. Visit for more information including requesting individualized data. Requests that are not specific to certain employees can be handled through For the complete guide to what elements OPM data include, visit

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