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Federal Assistance

Through September 30, 2004, the federal agencies most frequently involved in assisting communities reported they had collectively provided about $1.9 billion in assistance in response to the previous rounds (1988, 1991, 1993, and 1995) of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Interagency coordination has also facilitated the civilian reuse of former military installations to benefit the public through Federal agency-sponsored public benefit conveyances. For more information, see Federal Agencies And Public Benefit Conveyances.

The following programs are available to assist communities with the alleviation of socioeconomic effects that may result from military base closures and realignments. Under Executive Order 12788, as amended, assistance for communities impacted by Defense program changes is coordinated across the Federal Government through the Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC). The Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) staffs the EAC and its Director is the EAC's Executive Director. Communities are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following resources, including accessing program information through the provided internet links. OEA staff is available at (703) 604-6020 to address any questions you may have concerning the EAC, federal assistance available to affected communities, or specific local needs that may exist.

Please note that while OEA attempts to provide current information, these programs and their availability are subject to change without notice. Please contact the appropriate agency for the most up-to-date information on current programs.

Resources for Businesses

This section provides a list of resources that will aid businesses that are in Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Impacted Areas. The resources below provide assistance to businesses in the event of downsizing with a base closing or expanding with base realignment.

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.