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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.

BRAC Transition Assistance for DoD Civilian Employees

Civilian Personnel Management Services /Civilian Assistance and Re-Employment

U.S. Department of Defense

Through Civilian Personnel Management Services (CPMS), the Department of Defense (DoD) administers the Civilian Assistance and Re-Employment (CARE) Program, which is the Department’s primary means to provide transition assistance to displaced civilian employees. The CARE Program consists of job placement programs, voluntary separation incentives, and other benefits and services. CARE also provides direct program assistance to DoD activities affected by downsizing or reorganization. This Web site provides a wealth of information and links to other Web sites that will help users learn more about the various tools available to minimize involuntary separations.

BRAC Transition Assistance

U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Defense is committed to providing civilian employees affected by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) maximum assistance to continue Federal careers or pursue other endeavors. This Web site provides employees, managers, supervisors, and human resources specialists the latest information on BRAC. It also provides information on the transition assistance programs offered by the Department and other Federal Agencies. In addition, it addresses frequently asked questions concerning BRAC and the Department’s transition programs, and provides links to Web sites that will help employees learn more about BRAC, transition assistance programs, and employment opportunities.

Priority Placement Program

U.S. Department of Defense

The Priority Placement Program is the Department’s principal mechanism for retaining employees who are adversely affected by reduction in force, transfer of function, base realignment and closure, and other downsizing and restructuring actions. Through its Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS), the skills of displaced employees are matched with vacant positions at DoD activities in the employees’ selected geographic area of availability. Placements are mandatory when displaced employees are found well qualified for the vacant positions. If the new job involves a move to another location, the costs of moving the employee and his/her household are borne by the Government in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations.

Re-Employment Priority List

U.S. Department of Defense

The Re-Employment Priority List (RPL) provides priority re-employment consideration for current and former DoD career and career-conditional competitive service employees who are separated by reduction in force (RIF) or have received a RIF separation notice or Certificate of Expected Separation (CES). The RPL is also available to employees who are separated (or who accept a lower grade position instead of separation) due to compensable injury or disability and who fully recover more than one year from the date compensation is payable as described in 5 CFR Parts 330 and 353.

Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay

U.S. Department of Defense

Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay (VSIP) allows activities to offer incentive payments, or “buyouts,” of up to $25,000 to encourage DoD employees to resign or retire. Buyouts are targeted to employees in specific grades, series, or locations, and are used to restructure the workforce or to help avoid RIF and minimize involuntary separations.

Voluntary Early Retirement Authority

U.S. Department of Defense

Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) is a management tool used to mitigate the effects of substantial delayering, RIF, reorganization, or transfer of function. Using the VERA, which is also referred to as “early retirement” or “early out,” DoD activities may downsize or restructure the workforce by allowing employees to retire under reduced age and service requirements. To learn more about VERA and other transition assistance tools and benefits, refer to the BRAC Transition Web site mentioned above.