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    On January 20, we notified customers by email about upcoming changes to the Office of Economic Adjustment's (OEA) eGrant business systems. The changes to OEA.gov and our Economic Adjustment Data System (EADS) are now underway to improve your customer experience and the system went offline at 12:01 a.m. on January 30, 2016. The system will remain offline until February 25, 2016.

    OEA values your continued patience and partnership during this transition as we work to provide you with better customer service. Stay tuned to oea.gov, your inbox, and OEA on social media for more information. Please contact your project manager if you require further information.

Unlike base closures where specific property can be reused to develop and generate new businesses and jobs, OEA’s support for communities impacted by factory closures and laid off employees focuses on developing adjustment and implementation strategies.

These adjustment strategies often focus on regional job creation through business development, attraction and expansion, workforce development, and community economic diversification. Additionally, during the planning process, OEA also coordinates with and provides information on other relevant federal assistance programs that can support coordinated economic development efforts.

Advance notification, severance packages, and extended benefit programs offered by employers have benefited communities as they develop effective strategies to adjust to these program cuts and layoffs; however, the challenge with defense industry adjustment (DIA) projects is that advance notice in many cases is limited.

Between 1988 and 1996, when defense procurement was cut nearly in half, OEA worked with all 50 states and local communities. Today, OEA is ready to support communities impacted by proposed cuts to a variety of weapons. States and communities can request OEA assistance to: organize representatives to respond on behalf of affected communities, workers, and businesses; plan local community and economic adjustment activities to lessen local economic impacts; and, carry-out plans to replace lost economic activity. Details on how to apply can be found in the March 9, 2015, Federal Register Notice.

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