LEIE File Transition FAQ
We appreciate those who have taken the time to reach out to us about our transition to the CSV file type for the downloadable List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE). Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual responses; however, below are answers to the most frequent questions we've received.
- When will you stop offering the old file types?
- The old file types will be offered in June and July in order to give users time to test the new CSV filetype with the four-digit birth year (see related FAQ below).
- Just to clarify, the new CSV format will be replacing the EXE and ZIP formats.
- Yes. The DBF, EXE and ZIP files will no longer be offered.
- Is there a way for me to just type in one or two names and search instead of downloading the entire database?
- Yes, please visit our online search at https://exclusions.oig.hhs.gov.
- Are there plans to put a public API on the LEIE database?
- No, there are no plans for a public API.
- I use your file with custom software my company created/owns. The file isn't working and/or isn't compatible. Can you fix it?
- We recommend reaching out to your IT Department to discuss how a CSV file will work with your software. The CSV format is commonly recognized as an acceptable method to share data when many customers are using different software programs, some of which may be proprietary or custom-built for a specific company. OIG is unable to provide technical support for software.
- I am not sure how to work with a CSV file. Can you help?
- CSV stands for "comma-separated value." It is a plain-text file that will work with many different types of software. Most users typically import the data into specific software, such as Excel or a custom-built application, and then use the features within that application to work with the data. We recommend reaching out to your IT Department for specific advice on how to work with a CSV file and the software your company has made available to you.
- Why are you no longer zipping the new files?
- As Internet bandwidth capabilities have increased and the text files are relatively small there is no need to compress them.
- There is a problem with my entry in the LEIE. Please fix this.
- The email we provided is strictly for feedback on technical issues related to the new CSV file type transition for the downloadable LEIE. If you have an issue with a specific entry in the database, such as errors in the records, etc., please send your email to email@example.com.
- The Excel file downloads with XXXXXX in the birthdate? Please fix.
- If you are viewing the data in spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel and see XXXXXX in the DOB column, you simply need to widen the column so the date has enough room to display its formatted numbers.
- When I open the file in Excel, the birth dates you provided are wrong? What happened?
- Some Excel users reported that the birth dates in the downloaded files are for dates that occur in the future. This is a known formatting issue in Excel that's tied to the settings on a particular user's computer. To resolve this issue, we have extended the file-type transition to modify our system to export a 4-digit year in the format YYYYMMDD (no slashes).
- How can I sign up to receive emails about changes or updates to the LEIE?
- You can sign up for our LEIE newsletter from our homepage; or the direct link is https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/USHHS/subscriber/new?topic_id=USHHS_236.
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