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Federal Assistance Coordination

A number of different federal agencies can help communities respond to economic shifts relating to defense program changes. OEA not only works with other agencies to help ensure states and communities have access to the full breadth of federal resources, but it serves as a focal point for transition assistance.

Often, OEA funding is used to prepare an economic recovery strategy that serves as a blueprint for other Federal, state, and local funding. Once your OEA assistance is in process, we can help your community understand the other assistance packages available throughout the federal system, and how to access them. This can help ensure a smoother transition for your community overall.

To ensure coordination between agencies, Executive Order 12788, as amended, instituted the Defense Economic Adjustment Program (DEAP) and the Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC). The DEAP assists seriously affected states, communities, businesses, and workers respond to major DoD program changes.

The EAC is comprised of 22 federal departments and agencies at the Cabinet level, that work together to coordinate technical and financial assistance, providing communities access to the full complement of federal resources. The Director of OEA is the Executive Director of the EAC.

Specifically, the EAC:

  • Coordinates federal interagency and intergovernmental assistance to help states and communities respond to defense-triggered economic impacts
  • Develops procedures that assist affected states and locales
  • Provides a clearinghouse for information exchanges among federal, state, and local officials involved in economic adjustment activities. These resources touch beneficiaries from the Federal level to the individual citizens impacted by downsizing or growth resulting from defense activities such as base closures, realignments, and similar modifications
  • Members of the EAC can assist states, communities, businesses and workers with a myriad of technical and financial assistance to include: grants, loan guarantees strategic outreach, and public benefit conveyance (sponsorship for transfer of surplus federal property to eligible state and local governments for public purpose).

The EAC includes the following Departments and Agencies:

  • Secretary of Agriculture
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of Commerce (Vice Chairman)
  • Secretary of Defense (Chair)
  • Secretary of Education
  • Secretary of Energy
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Secretary of Interior
  • Secretary of Labor (Vice Chairman)
  • Secretary of State
  • Secretary of Transportation
  • Secretary of Treasury
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
  • Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Director of the Office of Personnel Management
  • Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Administrator of General Services
  • Administrator of the Small Business Administration
  • Postmaster General

There are additional federal agencies with programs that may help your area respond. OEA will assist you with those connections as needed.

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