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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)?

OEA is a DoD field activity within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. OEA’s mission is to provide transitional assistance and guidance to communities affected by changes in Defense spending, including military base closures, major personnel reductions from base realignments or defense contractor layoffs, and a major influx of DoD personnel to a base.
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2. What assistance is available from OEA?

OEA strives to help communities help themselves. To that end, OEA and its assigned Project Managers oversee a program of technical and financial resources working directly with the involved DoD components and local, State, and Federal Agency representatives. This collaborative effort often results in: community-based adjustment strategies; coordinated public-private investments that generate new job opportunities to alleviate the adverse job loss impacts; or enhanced local capacities to sustain new economic activity spurred by the influx of personnel to a military facility.
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3. How does a community request assistance from OEA?

Requests for OEA assistance can be made by, or on behalf of, Members of Congress or State and/or local elected officials through correspondence to the Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, Patrick J. O’Brien. Up-to-date information on OEA programs and available assistance can be found here on this site under Assistance Programs.
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4. Can you explain the intergovernmental support available for adversely impacted communities?

The primary mission of the Department of Defense is to defend the United States. Thus, the Department relies heavily on other Federal agencies to assist communities that need help. For instance, the redevelopment of former military installations often requires the coordination of numerous Federal and State agencies, including technical and financial assistance and discounted property conveyances for public purposes. Coordination among agencies ensures that assistance provided meets the needs of individual communities.

OEA has provided $280 Million in financial assistance over the previous four rounds of BRAC activity. Often, OEA funding is used to prepare a local economic recovery strategy that serves as a blueprint for other Federal, State and local funding. The leading Federal agency assistance partners included the Federal Aviation Administration ($760 Million), the Economic Development Administration ($611 Million), and the Department of Labor ($223 Million) that collectively provided $1.6 Billion in coordinated grant assistance during the last four rounds of the Department’s BRAC activities.

Interagency coordination has also facilitated the civilian reuse of former military installations to benefit the public through property transfers from the Department of Defense to other Federal agencies, known as Fed-to-Fed transfers. Additionally Federal agency-sponsored public benefit conveyances, such as schools, parks, airports, etc.; community adjustment to the reduction of school impact aid; review of reuse plans for protection of the interests of homeless-assistance providers; environmental regulatory approvals; surplus property screening; property transfers to other Federal entities; historic property and natural resource agreements; joint- use agreements; and alternative property disposal guidance have been used to implement community adjustment strategies.
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5. What is the President’s Economic Adjustment Committee?

The Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC) coordinates Federal interagency and intergovernmental assistance to support the Defense Economic Adjustment Program and help communities respond to economic impacts caused by significant Defense program changes, including BRAC. The EAC is comprised of 22 key Federal Departments and Agencies, including those with specific programs for technical and financial assistance to assist communities, businesses, and/or workers adversely impacted by BRAC. It is managed by the Office of Economic Adjustment.
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6. What type of assistance is specifically available to assist impacted workers?

DoD has a long and successful history assisting its civilian workers impacted by base closure using a number of programs that facilitate placement, training, retraining, and transition. Since 1989, the Department has reduced its civilian workforce by 428,400 with less than 10% involuntary separations. Through DoD’s Priority Placement Program (PPP), the centerpiece of DoD’s Civilian Assistance Re-employment (C.A.R.E.) programs, DoD employees are given priority placement at other DoD facilities. This DoD program and others are closely linked with Department of Labor (DoL) programs and staff expertise for worker retraining and placement implemented at the local level. For more information about DoD’s C.A.R.E programs visit DoD Civilian Personnel Management Service and DoL Employment and Training Administration.
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Interactive Maps and Data

The interactive maps and data tables show you where OEA is assisting communities by allowing you to quickly and easily look up information about a particular installation (military base) or community.

The default view contains a map of the North America on the right.  A list of military installations and the associated state and military service type for each installation are displayed on the left.

Default Interactive Map and Data View

Data and Map View

You can view specific installation information by clicking on the installation’s name from the data list or by clicking on a location on the map. Click on View Contact Card after clicking on a specific installation’s name to view detailed information of a selected installation.

Selecting a base from the data list
Contact Card View

The detailed information of each installation is available in this view. You can see specific installation information by clicking on the View Contact Card button after clicking on the installation name from the data list.

Contact Card View
Map Navigation

You can navigate the installation map by clicking, holding, and dragging the mouse cursor. The symbols on the map represent military installations from different services. Click on any of the symbols on the map to zoom into the base location and see the contact information for that installation. Double-clicking on any part of the map will zoom in on the space. The map can be viewed in Map, Terrain, Satellite without labels, or Satellite with labels formats.

Map ViewTerrain ViewSatellite No Label ViewSatellite With Label View
Reset Map Button

At any time, you can revert the map view back to the default view by clicking on the Reset Map button.

Reset Map Button
Print Friendly Version Button

You can print a selected installation's detailed information by clicking on the Print Friendly Version button.

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Navigating the OEA Website

OEA.gov is organized so that users can find information from multiple paths. Users may find the same content in different sections of the site in order to accommodate individual preferences for navigating through the site. There are two main navigation paths by which users can access information—by topic and by audience:

Information by Topic

OEA.gov is organized into six main areas:

  • About Us
    General information about the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) staff, history, activities, and successes.
  • Assistance Programs
    Tools and resources to address Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA), Compatible Use (Encroachment/Joint Land Use Study), and Mission Growth.
  • Resource Library
    All documents related to the Office of Economic Adjustment and its programs are available for download or online viewing.
  • eGrants
    Information on OEA technical and grant assistance programs in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance and other helpful resources.
  • Links
    List of websites that provide additional information related to the Office of Economic Adjustment.

Information by Audience

OEA.gov also organizes its website based on the following audience members:

  • For General Public
    Assistance programs for Base Realignment and Closure, Defense Industry Adjustment, Compatible Use, and Mission Growth.
  • For Closure - Local Redevelopment Authorities (LRAs)
    Popular documents and videos; LRA pages.
  • For  Mission Growth - Growth Management Organizations (GMOs)
    Popular documents and videos; GMO pages.
  • For Compatible Use
    Popular documents and videos; Compatible Use pages.
  • For States
    National Governors Association working group; popular documents, links, and pages; case studies; state military councils.
  • For Military
    Popular links and pages.

Website Features

Some notable website features include:

  • Project Highlights
    Featured project highlights on the home page.
  • In the News
    Latest OEA news and announcements and community news on the home page.
  • Quick Start Page
    Quick Start pages for each assistance program to help frequent visitors and new visitors have fast and easy access to popular resources for each program.
  • FAQs
    Answers to frequently asked questions about OEA and its programs.
  • Global Quick Links
    Quick access to eGrants, EADS, and EAC intranets and to the Department of Defense and EA Clearinghouse websites available as a global top menu.



Interactive Features

OEA.gov uses software such as the Adobe Flash Player to highlight its success stories, allow viewing and interacting with the Base Realignment and Closure/Compatible Use/Growth installation maps and local redevelopment authority/growth management organization contact information, and provide site visitors with engaging, interactive experiences.

In order to view features created with Flash, you need to have a Flash player installed. You can download it for free at:

OEA.gov also provides download links on most of the multimedia pages.

Online Video

Featured videos are usually in QuickTime, Windows Media Player, or RealPlayer format. You can download these for free from the following sites:

Featured audio files are in MP3 format. You can download the desired audio files to your computer and play them using any one of the following MP3 players:

Resource Library

Resource Library

Various resources, such as documents and links to external documents, are available on the OEA.gov website by accessing the Resource Library. There are two types of views to choose from when navigating through the Resource Library: Library Explorer and Library List. Both views display the folders, subfolders, and documents stored in the Resource Library, however, the content is presented in two different formats to allow you choose the format that you most prefer. The views are accessible by hovering your pointer over the Resource Library menu in the top navigation bar and clicking on either the Library Explorer sub-menu or the Library List sub-menu.

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Library Explorer

The Library Explorer view of the Resource Library provides a directory tree, graphical user interface for accessing resources, displaying a folder navigation pane on the left and the documents contained within a selected folder on the right. To navigate through the directory tree and drill down into folders/subfolders to locate documents, click on the ‘+’ icon to expand folders and view its sub-folders or on the ‘-‘ icon to collapse folders and hide its sub-folders.

Resource Library Explorer View - Expand Collapse

To view the description of a folder, hover your pointer over the folder name in the left folder navigation pane. After a few seconds, the description of the applicable folder will display in a tooltip box.

Resource Library Explorer View - Folder Description

To view documents or links within a folder, click on the folder you wish to view in the left folder navigation pane. Documents and/or links within your selected folder are displayed in the right pane.

Resource Library Explorer View - Display Documents

To view the description and details about a document, click on the document icon. To open and view a document, click on the Document Title link. To download a document to your computer, click on the Download link.

Resource Library Explorer View - Download

Library List

The Library List view of the Resource Library displays documents and subfolders in a table structure format. In the Subfolders section, totals for subfolders and documents contained within each subfolder are displayed to the right of each subfolder title.

Resource Library List View - Subfolders

If it exists, the description of a subfolder is displayed underneath the subfolder title.

Resource Library List View - Folder Description

To drill down into a subfolder and view documents and the subfolders within it, click on the subfolder title link for the subfolder you wish to view.

Resource Library ListView - View Subfolder

To view the description and details about a document, click on the document icon. To open and view a document, click on the Document Title link. To download a document to your computer, click on the Download link.

Resource Library List View - Download

Through the breadcrumb trail at the top of the page, you can see how deep you are within the folder/subfolder structure. To traverse back to a parent folder, click on the folder title link in the breadcrumb trail for the folder you wish to navigate back to.

Resource Library List View - Breadcrumb Trail


The Acronyms sub-menu under the Resource Library displays a glossary of acronyms. To access the acronym glossary, hover your pointer over the Resource Library menu in the top navigation bar and click on the Acronyms sub-menu.

Resource Library - Acronyms Submenu

To refine and expedite your search within the acronyms list, click on a letter provided at the top of the Acronyms page and quickly navigate to the acronyms starting with the selected letter.

Resource Library - Acronymns

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