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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.

Job Search, Career, and General Information Sources

America’s Job Bank

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor

America’s Job Bank (AJB) is the nation’s largest (over 1 million jobs and 450,000 resumes) Web-based labor exchange that connects employers and jobseekers free of cost. Jobseekers can use this site to post resumes and search for the most current openings. Employers of all sizes can post job listings, create customized job orders, get labor market information, and search resumes automatically to find the right people.

America’s Career InfoNet

U.S. Department of Labor

America’s Career InfoNet provides students, jobseekers, employers, and workforce professionals a wealth of career oriented online information and resources. Some of the tools on the site are: an employability checkup, a job description writer, a financial aid advisor, an employer locator, a reading room, a skills profiler, a resume tutorial, occupational reports, academic scholarship information, and career information streaming videos. Visitors can learn more about typical wages, employment, and education trends across occupations and industries via comparable national, State, and local labor information.

America's Service Locator (for One-Stop Career Centers)

U.S. Department of Labor

America's Service Locator connects users to local One-Stop Career Centers. Employment and training services, including job search assistance, resume writing, career assessment, and job training, are provided by nearly 3,400 One-Stop Career Centers throughout the United States. Note that individual One-Stop Career Centers may have a different “brand name” such as CareerLink, JobLink, etc.

Toll-Free Helpline

U.S. Department of Labor

The Toll-Free Helpline 1-877-US2-JOBS: 1-877-899-5627 (TTY) aids callers searching for basic information on career services, laid-off worker assistance, career related Web sites, and accessing service locations. In addition, Helpline operators have BRAC-specific information to refer callers to local programs, including One-Stop Career Centers for assistance. Help is available in over 40 languages.


U.S. Department of Labor

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Resource Center is a unique, powerful source for continually updated information on skill requirements and occupational characteristics. The O*NET system helps businesses, jobseekers, students, and workforce investment and human resource professionals make informed employment, training, and business development decisions. O*NET information on occupational interests and work values helps the public to form career goals and develop education and training plans for work they are likely to find satisfying.


U.S. Office of Personnel Management

USAJOBS is the official job site for the United States Federal Government. The site contains Federal job announcements, application forms, a searchable database of Federal job openings, an online resume builder, and tips and other tools for jobseekers.

The United States Postal Service®

U.S. Postal Service

The U. S. Postal Service® delivers 700 million messages and packages every day to more than 144 million families and businesses. American households are provided with a wide range of shipping and mailing products and services, including the ability to change their address, forward mail, hold mail, rent Post Office boxes, locate a Post Office, calculate postage, and print postage online. Those affected by BRAC can conveniently access USPS® services online through the above Web site or by visiting any of the 37,000 local Post Offices.