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New Guidance for Federal Grant Awards

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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.

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OEA School Construction Grants Approved

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

On January 7, 2014, the Department of Defense announced the latest school construction grants from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) of $16,250,000 to Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the new Wherry Elementary School on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; and $16,096,000 to Geary County Unified School District 475, Junction City, Kansas, for the Fort Riley Elementary School at Fort Riley, Kansas.  These funds will assist the #11 and #20 schools on the July 2011 Deputy Secretary of Defense “Public Schools on Military Installations Priority List” (Priority List).

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OEA Community Economic Adjustment Grants Approved

Thursday, December 19, 2013

On December 19, 2013, the Department of Defense announced two community economic adjustment grants from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). 

The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission was awarded an $837,315 grant to assist the region's response to the loss of 1,200 positions at the Oshkosh Corporation's Defense Division.  These federal funds are part of a larger $937,316 project to:  align local economic development plans and update them with diversification strategies; promote the growth of new and existing businesses in targeted industries through workforce and supply chain initiatives; map the regional defense industry supply chain; and, provide technical assistance to Oshkosh suppliers and affected workers.

Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas was awarded a $456,722 grant to respond to the reduction of 1,225 civilian employees at the Red River Army Depot.  These federal funds are part of a larger $517,469 project to study reemployment opportunities for the displaced workforce, identify the region's comparative advantages, and develop opportunities to diversify local economic activity.

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Economic Indicators (Research and Technical Assistance) Applicant Selected

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Office of Economic Adjustment has selected Chmura Economic and Analytics, LLC (Chmura) to enter into a cooperative agreement in response to the notice published on July 15, 2013 in the Federal Register.  A summary of Chmura's scope of work is listed below.

Scope of Work

The goal of the Economic Indicators (Research and Technical Assistance) project is to provide information to the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) customer base on:

  1. Adjusted monthly and quarterly economic data for approximately 80 communities with defense impacts
  2. Support a national baseline for predetermined economic indicators.

This information was and will continue to be developed with and for the affected communities and posted on www.defensecommunitydata.com to further assist OEA’s community, state, and other customers in the coordination and delivery of adjustment assistance.

Starting in February 2013, Chmura will carry forward the process of delivering and updating economic indicators that exist on the current site managed by the University of Illinois - Chicago, www.defensecommunitydata.com.  There will be a seamless continuation of regional data for the 27 Defense-impacted communities listed in the Federal Register notice dated July 15, 2013. Similar regional data will be available for up to 53 additional Defense-impacted communities to be determined by OEA.  Data will include an array of housing, industrial and business, and human capital indicators that will be adapted and refined to fit local conditions and adjusted periodically to allow real-time monitoring and assessment in each community. The combination of locally specific information with indicators collected in common across the base communities will illustrate the degree of potential vulnerability and resilience of each community in adjusting to changes in military expenditures as well as the broader economy. All data will be assembled into a database that can be easily updated and used by OEA’s customer base and modified to encompass additional communities.

Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO): Community Economic Adjustment Assistance for Reductions in Defense Industry Employment

Federal Funding Opportunity Notice Federal Register – June 17, 2013

This notice announces a federal funding opportunity (FFO) to obtain funding from the DoD OEA for community planning assistance and economic diversification in response to reductions or cancellations in Department of Defense (DoD) spending.

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OEA Transportation Infrastructure Grants Approved

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

On December 11, 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced its latest transportation grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) – an $18.3 million grant to the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration (SHA) for the Maryland Route 185 (Connecticut Avenue) and Jones Bridge Road/Kensington Parkway intersection project for improved access to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda.

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Central Contractor Registry to be replaced by "SAM" will not be available after July 24, 2012

Monday, June 23, 2012

A new System for Award Management (SAM) will replace the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) on Monday, July 30th.

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Department of Defense Selects Transportation Projects to Improve Medical Access at Bases

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment selects transportation projects at Fort Belvoir, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and Joint Base San Antonio in funding competition to improve access to military medical facilities:

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DOD Announces Results of Educational Facilities Review

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Department of Defense announced the findings of the facilities assessment which is part of an overall education review of public schools on military installations and operated by local education agencies.

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$300M Federal Funding Opportunity Transportation Infrastructure for Medical Facilities

Federal Funding Opportunity Notice Federal Register – July 21, 2011

Section 8110 of Public Law 112-10, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, provided OEA $300 million "for transportation infrastructure improvements associated with medical facilities related to recommendations of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission."

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