Multi-System Search Tool (MSST)

MSST is a web-based multi-system federated search tool. It provides a secure, high performance single website for DFAS, military services, defense agencies and other federal process partners to search for and retrieve key document information from multiple DoD electronic repositories. Documents uploaded into the various federated source systems can be located and viewed via the MSST one-stop web application. MSST documents are viewed via Portable Document Format (PDF) and are easily downloadable. MSST was designed using Google TM and Microsoft's Bing TM search engines as models for the search process, while limited to specific document indices. Users simply enter applicable indices and submit the query. A list of documents matching the specified criteria is displayed to the user in order of relevance.

From this list, the user has a few options:

  • Sort the results list in accordance with various data fields, as identified by the index field labels displayed in the query results.
  • View individual documents in PDF format.
  • Download one or multiple documents in a ZIP format to a local drive.
MSST benefits the user by eliminating delays in access of critical documents, provides a single source for electronic search and retrieval of these documents and provides increased visibility to all. Current MSST Federated Source Systems include:
  • Corporate Electronic Document Management System (CEDMS) / Voucher Processing System (VPS)
  • Electronic Document Access (EDA)
  • Electronic Document Management (EDM)
MSST receives a daily feed from each source system. With the exception of some documentation, which have been deemed as sensitive, the following documents are available in MSST:
    • CEDMS Vouchers with Attachments from January 2011 to current
    • VPS Vouchers with Attachments from 2003 to current
  • EDA - All of the following documents from 1996:
    • Contracts
    • Freight Government Bills of Lading
    • Government Transportation Request
    • Non-Automated Government Bills of Lading
    • Personal Property Government Bills of Lading
  • EDM - All documents from 1996 to current


Each source system manages its individual User Account set-ups. If you do not already have access to member systems, you must request it and be approved for it, before obtaining access to MSST.
Request access to MSST by clicking the Request Access button at Authentication to MSST requires a DoD Common Access Card (CAC) and a .MIL address.

The user is advised to complete a System Authorization Access Request (SAAR) Form DD2875 and email it to their TASO/EBPoC. The user should also include a justification for the request within the email. The TASO/EBPoC will validate the user’s right to view documents within EDA, EDM and VPS and forward the approval email to

The MSST Administrator will not take any action to grant access to the user until the email notification is received from the TASO/EBPoC.
Page updated February 12, 2015