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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 Assistance Portals

CareerOne-Stop Portal

U.S. Department of Labor

The CareerOne-Stop Portal (COS) provides access to all of the One-Stop Career Center electronic tools Web sites: America’s Job Bank, America’s Career InfoNet, and America's Service Locator. These tools connect users to relevant links, resources, and community services offered over the Internet. The tools also direct users to other relevant information and services provided through these core products. The Web site listed above also includes a gateway to access State and local resources.

BRAC Coach

U.S. Department of Labor

To further aid communities impacted by BRAC action, Department of Labor has created this "BRAC Coach" online tool to assist workers, businesses, and workforce professionals who may be impacted by a local base realignment or closure. The BRAC Coach identifies common issues or problems facing those likely to be impacted by BRAC and provides step by step instructions to help users find resources and related information.

Military Spouse Resource Center

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Labor

The Military Spouse Resource Center is a Web site that supports the career aspirations of military spouse jobseekers, particularly those in the midst of a permanent change of station. This Web site is free and available to spouses from all Military Departments, veterans, the National Guard and Reserve, and the Coast Guard. The Web site contains over 2,500 information and resource links that assist with job searching, career planning, training, scholarships, and other educational opportunities. It also includes specific information regarding local military installations and the communities in which they reside, including childcare and transportation.

GovBenefits.gov

Partnership between Federal Agencies

This Web site is the gateway to Federal and State benefits information on continuing education and training, financial support programs, disability assistance, grants, scholarships, health care, social security, child care, housing, volunteer activities, plus many more. Users can browse benefits by category and specific Government Agency and search at the Federal and State level. In turn, users are provided with choices to search topics by population and/or interests.