News & Announcements
The Secretary of Defense was previously authorized to establish a limited program to construct, renovate, repair, or expand elementary and secondary public schools on military installations in order to address capacity or facility condition deficiencies at such schools. In fiscal year 2015 Congress made available an additional $175 million for the program and included additional program requirements regarding cost sharing or matching applicable to the additional $175 million and any remaining unobligated balances for this program.
The April 23, 2015 Federal Register Notice further explains the additional program requirements regarding eligibility, cost sharing or matching and provides updated proposal and submission information and Federal award agency contact information for Public Schools on Military Installations program.
Commercial development of energy projects may affect unique Department of Defense (DoD) activities and military readiness, especially when located near installations, ranges, or on lands beneath designated military training routes or special use airspace. State, tribal, and local governments can support effective collaboration, early engagement and dialogue between DoD and energy developers to ensure proposed energy projects may proceed without compromising the DoD missions.
The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) has announced a funding opportunity for community planning assistance to help prevent the siting of energy projects from adversely affecting DoD’s test, training, and military operations. OEA will consider on a continuing basis, subject to available appropriations, proposals for grant assistance to support communities, regions, and states to assist in the siting of energy project investments so they do not impair the continued operational utility of a DoD installation. A proposal must respond to the need to ensure proposed energy projects may proceed without compromising DoD’s test, training, and military operations, to include radar interference from wind turbines; low-level flight obstructions associated with tall structures such as solar power towers and wind turbine projects; electromagnetic interference from high voltage electrical transmission lines; and glint and glare impacts to flight operations associated with solar photovoltaic arrays or power tower projects near military airfields. Details on how to apply can be found in the April 3, 2015 Federal Register Notice.
Unlike base closures where specific property can be reused to develop and generate new businesses and jobs, OEA’s support for communities impacted by factory closures and laid off employees focuses on developing adjustment and implementation strategies.
Due to system upgrade requirements, the Office of Economic Adjustment will be unable to process funding transactions such as payment requests or obligating funds for new or supplemental awards beginning April 20th through May 4th. Additionally, there may be some delays after May 4 during the initial execution of the system upgrade. Affected grantees should plan ahead and submit any payment requests to OEA no later than April 10 to help ensure you do not experience financial difficulties during the upgrade period. Your request may include up to a 30 day advance of Federal funds, if needed, to help alleviate any distress that may be caused if there are system delays. Requests submitted after April 10 cannot be processed until after the system upgrades are completed.
Communities can and do survive BRAC.
The Naval Support Activity Panama City, Florida partnered with Bay County officials on a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to ensure that the city can plan for growth without interfering with Navy operations and training.
The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is crucial for many communities with neighboring military installations, because it helps identify and address community development issues that could impact the missions of military bases. Malstrom Air Force Base officials speak to the significance of the JLUS for their installation’s successful operations, as well as the surrounding Cascade County community’s desire for compatible land use planning and continued economic growth. \
The military is an integral part of communities across California – economically and culturally. Because military installations and Californian communities often overlap, compatibility is among the most important consideration for land use and growth planning.
The presence of a military installation in any community presents land use and growth planning considerations on both sides. Leaders of Naval Base Ventura County and the State of California successfully navigated the need to plan responsible community growth and support the needs of the military installation to sustain the military operations.
If you receive and manage Federal grant funds, to include grants from the Office of Economic Adjustment, you should become familiar with the new Federal grant guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and published in the December 26, 2013 Federal Register as the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit requirements for Federal Awards,” more commonly known as the “Super Circular” (link below). This final rule streamlines eight Federal regulations pertaining to grants into a single, comprehensive policy guide and has implications for all recipients of Federal grants and cooperative agreements.