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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.

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.


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: