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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 Training and Credentials

One-Stop Career Centers

U.S. Department of Labor

One-Stop Career Centers provide BRAC-impacted job seekers with 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 Web site or phone number 1-877-US2-JOBS (TTY: 1-877-899-5627) can be used to locate a One-Stop Career Center in nearly any community in the U.S.

Occupational Licensing

U.S. Department of Labor

States require individuals to have an occupational license in order to legally practice the same occupations. This site helps customers learn about licensing requirements in each State.

Certification Finder

U.S. Department of Labor

Occupational certifications evaluate or enhance knowledge and skills concerning a particular occupation. This directory allows users to search for certifications by keyword, industry, or occupational area.

Individualized Training Account (ITA)

U.S. Department of Labor

Individuals over 18 and in need of updating skills or retraining may be eligible for an Individualized Training Account (ITA). An ITA can be used to subsidize training through an appropriate and approved training program. To find out more about ITAs, contact a local One-Stop Career Center. To find a local One- Stop Career Center, go to the Web site or call the toll-free assistance number 1-877-US2-JOBS: 1-877-889-5627 (TTY).

Licenses and Certifications Relevant to Military Occupational Specialties/ Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line

U.S. Department of Defense

The Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) Web site provides information on licenses and certifications relevant to Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs). Civilians can also access this information by searching MOS titles that seem comparable to their civilian occupation. This site helps soldiers and potential military recruits translate their military occupational specialties into civilian credentials, understand what it takes to obtain the credentials, and see if there are available programs that will help pay credentialing fees.


Partnership Among Federal Agencies

This Web site is the gateway to Federal and state benefits information on continuing education and training, financial support programs, certification/licenses, and many more topics. Users can browse benefits by category and specific government agency and search at the Federal and state levels. Users can also search topics by population and/or interests.