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Project Highlights

OEA continues to assist communities, both large and small, with adapting to Defense program changes. Communities benefit from decades of OEA knowledge and community best practices, allowing them to leverage state and federal resources to proactively and positively change their individual community.

Each project highlight story below showcases a challenge the community is facing and how this community, with OEA support, is working to solve it.

Assisting Businesses in Accessing Labor Market and General Information

America’s Career Info Net

U.S. Department of Labor

This site provides a direct link to America’s Career InfoNet (ACINet), which provides local and regional labor market information, industry information, employment and wage data, and information about the fastest growing industries and occupations. It also provides a job description writer that helps employers and workforce professionals write job descriptions with a variety of data sets. Additional business resources include a certification finder, a license finder, a skills profiler, and a financial aid advisor.

Career One-Stop Web Site

U.S. Department of Labor

The Career One-Stop Web site’s Labor Market Information Center allows employers to find out which high-growth occupations are hot locally and nationally. Links to comprehensive information about wages, employment levels, national and State employment projections, unemployment rates, and related information may also be found here.

America’s Labor Market Information System

U.S. Department of Labor

America’s Labor Market Information System (ALMIS) is a dynamic system that produces highquality, standardized labor market information and tools in a variety of media and formats for use by job seekers, employers, and workforce development professionals. ALMIS has Federal, State, and local components that provide data collection and analysis, research and development, product development, direct service delivery, technical assistance, and capacity-building. ALMIS also supports the Labor Market Information Institute, a national training center that provides workforce information training.

Local Employment Dynamics

U.S. Census Bureau and State Labor Market Information Agencies

This Web site provides information and resources on how Local Employment Dynamics (LED) develops new information about local labor market conditions. State and local authorities increasingly need detailed local information about their economies to make informed decisions. The LED/State partnership works to fill critical data gaps and provide indicators needed by State and local authorities.

The United States Postal Service®

U.S. Postal Service®

The U.S. Postal Service® delivers 700 million messages and packages every day to more than 144 million families and businesses. American businesses are provided with a wide range of shipping and mailing products and services, including the ability to change their address, forward mail, hold mail, rent Post Office boxes, locate a Post Office, calculate postage, and print postage online. Employers affected by BRAC can conveniently access USPS® services online through the above Web site or by visiting any of the 37,000 local Post Offices.

Employee Recruitment and Retention

CareerOneStop Web site

U.S. Department of Labor

One-Stop Career Centers Web site links employers to a wide array of resources. One-Stop Career Centers help employers to find, assess, and hire employees who meet employers’ workforce needs. Career One-Stop Coach walks business managers through the process of writing job descriptions, searching resumes, researching occupation information, finding high growth industries, learning about managing employees, or finding resources regarding employment laws.

America’s Job Bank

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor

America’s Job Bank (AJB) is the nation’s largest online labor exchange, with over 1 million jobs and 450,000 resumes. It connects employers and jobseekers at a very low cost. Employers of all sizes can post job listings, create customized job orders, get labor market information and search resumes.

BRAC Coach

U.S. Department of Labor

This BRAC Coach online tool assists workers, businesses, and workforce professionals who may be impacted by a base realignment or closure. The BRAC Coach identifies common issues or problems facing those likely to be impacted by BRAC. It provides step-by-step instructions to help users find resources and related information. There is an entire section devoted to assisting employers and businesses.

Toll-Free Helpline

U.S. Department of Labor

The Toll-Free Helpline 1-877-US2-JOBS or 1-877-899-5627 (TTY) assists employers to manage the change that accompanies expansion, restructuring, and layoffs by providing access to Career One-Stop centers and Rapid Response teams. Help includes identifying job-related Web sites, information about Federal, State, and local requirements and initiatives, labor market information, and finding job-ready employees.

Business Relations Group

U.S. Department of Labor

This link provides information about the Business Relations Group (BRG), a DOL Office whose purpose is to aid employers in meeting their workforce needs. This Web site provides employers with a wide array of business resources including workforce tools, policies and regulations, and information about incentives and foreign labor certification.

Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN)

U.S. Department of Labor

Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN) is a national toll-free telephone and electronic information referral service that helps employers locate and recruit qualified workers with disabilities and also provides technical assistance on general disability employment-related issues. It can be accessed at the Web site or by calling the toll-free number 1-866-Earn Now or 1-866-327-6669 (V/TTY).

Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Labor

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource for businesses nationwide to identify qualified temporary and permanent employees from a variety of fields. Applicants are highly motivated post-secondary students and recent graduates eager to prove their abilities in the workforce.

HireVetsFirst

U.S. Department of Labor

This Web site provides information on the HireVetsFirst initiative and is tailored to the needs of veterans and employers interested in hiring veterans. It connects veterans with America’s Service Locator (http://www.servicelocator.org/nearest_onestop.asp or 1-877-US2-JOBS) to find their closest One-Stop Career Center for in-person services.

Office of Veterans Business Development

Small Business Administration

Through this Web site, the Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a variety of services to help veterans who are interested in opening and maintaining small businesses to meet SBA requirements and tap SBA supports. Also see Section II for the SBA local offices information.

Helping Businesses Respond to Base Closures and Force Reductions

Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act Guides

U.S. Department of Labor

This Web site contains guides issued by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide workers and employers with an overview of their rights and responsibilities under the provisions of the Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification WARN Act. It also contains resources and links for additional information.

Rapid Response

U.S. Department of Labor

This site describes the Rapid Response resources available to businesses and includes links to contact information for state rapid response coordinators. Rapid Response is a strategic response to major layoffs and plant closings that quickly coordinates services and provides immediate aid to impacted companies and their workers. Rapid Response teams work with companies to customize and coordinate efforts to minimize the disruptions of major layoffs on the company, impacted workers, and the community.

One-Stop Career Centers

U.S. Department of Labor

The sites http://careeronestop.org and http://www.servicelocator.org provide contact information and links to local One-Stop Career Centers. They also provide information regarding the services that One-Stop Career Centers can provide businesses. These services may include:

  • Working closely with employers in Rapid Response activities (see section above for more information on Rapid Response);
  • Preparing impacted workers to find new employment by coordinating onsite layoff assistance orientations and educating employees on reemployment, retraining services and unemployment insurance benefits;
  • Coordinating on-site group workshops for career advancement, job search assistance, resume writing, and interviewing skills for assisting the impacted employees in obtaining the proper training and career assistance so that they can return to work and maintain their standard of living.

O*NET

U.S. Department of Labor

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Resource Center and O*NET OnLine provide information on occupations, work content, worker skills, and workplace requirements. They provide a common language for defining and describing occupations, job requirements, transferable skills, and staff training plans. They have been used in restructuring situations by major companies such as Boeing and PillowTex. Additional O*NET resources include:

Planning-Related Evaluation Studies

U.S. Department of Labor

Evaluation studies and reports have been conducted in order to build upon experiences of past BRAC rounds and enhance the quality of planning and assistance for workers impacted by this current round. Studies conducted by DoD and the General Accountability Office (GAO) may be viewed at this Web site.

The following Web sites contain reports related to evaluations of demonstration projects focusing on services to BRAC-impacted workers:

Finding BRAC-Affected Bases

BRAC Services Locator

U.S. Department of Labor

Businesses can use the BRAC Career Connection web site to find BRAC locations and nearby One-Stop Career Centers. The username for this site is “BRAC,” and the default password is “asl”. This site allows users to search by city and zip code or through a map search. Users can find local military bases and workforce contacts and get an online tutorial through the BRAC Coach (www.brac-coach.org).

 

BRAC Web site

U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Defense’s official BRAC web site provides the most up-to-date information concerning BRAC 2005.