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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 Individuals

This section provides service descriptions and contact information for Government programs available to jobseekers, employers, and local governments impacted by BRAC. Each subsection includes descriptions of programs geared to help in a specific area as well as contact information for those programs.

Career Assessment

One-Stop Career Centers

U.S. Department of Labor

One-Stop Career Centers provide access to a wide array of services, including the initial assessment of skills and abilities, self-help information relating to career exploration and skill requirements of various occupations, consumer report information on the performance of local education and training providers, and quality labor market information. The above Web site and phone number 1-877-US2-JOBS: 1-877-899-5627 (TTY) can be used to locate a One-Stop Career Center in nearly any community in the U.S.

Career Compass

U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education

Career Compass helps users explore career options based on interests and values.

Skills Profiler

U.S. Department of Labor

The Skills Profiler contains three tools to help users advance to a better future: the Skills Identifier, Skills Explorer, and Skills Gap Analyzer. These resources are intended to aid users in cataloguing their skills and exploring opportunities that their specific skill set may provide.

O*NET

U.S. Department of Labor

O*Net provides self-directed career exploration and assessment tools to help workers consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively. These instruments help individuals identify their work-related interests, values, and abilities; find matches to occupations in their local areas; and focus on career exploration and planning. Users may link to the more than 900 occupations described by the O*NET database. Additionally, two testing and assessment guides (www.onetcenter.org/guides.html) are available to (1) orient individuals to the use of assessment instruments by counseling professionals, and (2) orient employers to the professional and legal standards required with the use of assessments.