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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.

Youth

Career Voyages

U.S. Department of Labor

This Web site provides information to youths about high-growth jobs. It allows youths to explore career options regardless of educational attainment, other training, or work experience.

Occupational Information Network

U.S. Department of Labor

These Web sites (http://www.onetcenter.org/tools.html and http://www.onetcenter.org/guides.html) provide self-directed career exploration and assessment tools. These instruments help students identify their work-related interests, values, and abilities in order to explore occupations that relate most closely to those attributes. Users may link to the more than 900 occupations described by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database. This allows students to seamlessly transition from assessing their interests, work values, and abilities to matching their job skills with the requirements of occupations in their local labor market.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Information

U.S. Department of Labor

This site contains career information for students and provides an extensive profile of each occupation.

Students.gov

U.S. Department of Education

Students.gov is a comprehensive information portal providing answers to students’ and potential students’ questions on education, career, financial aid, Government, and more.

Merit-Based Scholarships

U.S. Department of Education

Following is a list of scholarship program information Web sites:

Barry Goldwater Scholarship Foundation
This Web site provides information needed to apply for Barry Goldwater scholarships for college students who intend to pursue careers in science, mathematics, or engineering.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
This Web site provides information needed to apply for Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships for exceptionally able high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education.
Morris K. Udall Foundation
This Web site provides information needed to apply for Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarships. These scholarships are targeted to two categories of sophomore- and junior-level college students: (1) those who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; and (2) Native American or Alaska Natives who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or healthcare.

Family and Youth Services Bureau

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This site offers a network of support that includes a national hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY and referral system for runaway and homeless youth. It is sponsored by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), a Federal Agency dedicated to supporting young people, particularly runaway and homeless youth. FYSB provides support by funding community services for young people and their families who are testing new approaches to helping youth.

AmeriCorps

Nonprofit Organization

This site offers information on a network of national programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. For veterans and their families, AmeriCorps might provide volunteer opportunities that earn them scholarships and a small stipend while they gain additional work experience. AmeriCorps is made up of three programs: AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA), and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit the Web site or call the toll free number 1-800-942-2677: 1-800-833-3722 (TTY).

Hotlinks for Young Entrepreneurs

Nonprofit Organization

This Web site has assembled numerous links for young entrepreneurs, including:

  • The Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE)
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Generation X-Idea Café
  • Junior Achievement

And many more…