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The information below is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.

With or without BRAC, DoD’s footprint is shrinking

April 8, 2015 – Federal News Radio, By Jared Serbu

In each of the past four years, the Pentagon has proposed a new round of base closures and Congress has rejected every one so far. But with or without lawmakers’ approval, the military’s footprint is shrinking. The Defense Department has hinted that it may move to close some bases even without Congress’ explicit permission.

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Not Your Grandfather’s Factories

Governing (Voices of the Governing Institute), By Anne Kim – April 8, 2015

It’s not easy for manufacturing to attract the younger, skilled workers that it needs. We need to focus on both the educational pipeline and public perceptions.

For much of the past 30 years, the American public’s view of manufacturing has been unrelentingly grim: shuttered factories, laid-off workers and the steady disappearance of “Made in America” products from consumers’ shelves.

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Improving Public Services: The Secrets of Award-Winning Cities

April 6, 2015 – Governing, By John M. Kamensky

Local governments, their citizens and community interest groups all want better service delivery, and more than ever are looking to technology to make that happen. But technology alone won’t work. What cities that have been recognized for innovations in service delivery have in common is the right governance structures -inclusive approaches and an embrace of partnerships -- to make new technologies successful.

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Looming Army cuts fill Texas leaders with dread

April 4, 2015 – San Antonio Express-News, By Sig Christenson

Automatic federal spending cuts over the last three years have hurt several Texas cities with large military installations — part of the budget sequester that will reduce the size of the Army by 80,000 soldiers through this fall.

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IMCOM leaders set sights on 2025

April 2, 2015 – Hawai’i Army Weekly (Army News Service)

SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Army Installation Management Command top leaders held a conference, here, for garrison commanders and command sergeants major to set a collective course for IMCOM 2025 and Beyond.

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Budgets Signal Sequester Cuts Here to Stay

March 30, 2015 – Defense News, By John T. Bennett

WASHINGTON — What to do about sequestration is one issue House and Senate negotiators can skip as they craft a compromise 2016 federal budget blueprint.

That’s because spending resolutions approved last week by the House and Senate both leave the across-the-board budget cuts in place for defense and domestic programs.

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Adaptive-reuse project means makeover for West Barracks of Fort Vancouver

March 30, 2015 – The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.), By Amy M.E. Fischer - via Stars & Stripes

A year-long renovation of four historic wooden buildings at Fort Vancouver’s West Barracks will begin this summer, converting the Artillery Barracks, Infantry Barracks, Quartermaster Storehouse and Dental Surgeon’s Building into residential apartments and space for office, retail and hospitality use.

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Get Quick Access to Statistics for Your Area’s Ocean and Great Lakes Economy

March 27, 2015 – U.S. Department of Commerce

The U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy is big, employing about three million people—five times more employees than home construction. In 2012, ocean economy employees were paid $113 billion in wages and generated almost $350 billion in gross domestic product (GDP).

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Sequestration impacts communities, but BRAC could benefit them

March 27, 2015 – Army News Service, By David Vergun (via Hawaii Army Weekly)

WASHINGTON — “The Army is in the process of conducting approximately 30 community listening sessions at all Army installations with military and civilian populations of 5,000 or more,” Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson told lawmakers, March 17.

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Budget cut would hit ‘every part’ of Air Force

March 26, 2015 – Springfield News- Sun, By Barrie Barber

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The return of sequestration would impact “every part” of the Air Force while the service branch has called for an end to downsizing the number of airmen in ranks and pushes to restore readiness and modernize an aging fleet, the service branch’s top civilian leader said.

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