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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.

Child Care

GovBenefits.gov

Comprehensive Federal Web site

The GovBenefits.gov Web site is the comprehensive gateway to Government benefits information. Users can browse content by category at the Federal and State level. The site also gives users the ability to search topics by population and/or interests. Among other benefits, the site can help BRAC-impacted families find State and local child care resources.

Child Care Bureau

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This site provides information and resources on child care funding, grants, and providers. It includes a tool for parents to find quality child care providers in their area.

Child Tax Credits

U.S. Department of Treasury

The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Web site and toll-free phone line 1-800-829-3676 provide information on three child tax credit programs and the forms needed to apply for them. Free help in preparing tax returns is available through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) at 1-800-829-1040. Individuals can get a reduction of taxes owed (or a refund if they owe nothing) of up to $600 (depending upon income) per each dependent child under 17 if annual earnings are more than $10,350 by filing Form 8812.

Tax Credit for Parents

U.S. Department of Treasury

This site provides a list of resources and information to parents whose life events may impact their taxes.

Child Care Aware

Nonprofit Organization

Child Care Aware is an online agency that helps individuals find accurate and useful information about child care. Through Child Care Aware, families are linked to local, community-based child care resources and referral programs and receive consumer education materials. More information is available on the Web site and at the toll-free phone number 1-800-424-2246.