Project managers from the Office of Economic Adjustment serve as a go-to resource by providing guidance throughout the entire process, from fielding initial inquiries to helping communities identify, apply for, and manage relevant technical assistance and/or grant funding. These efforts support the military mission, while also assisting locally-affected communities, workers, and businesses.
The Office of Economic Adjustment understands in order to maximize support of the military mission, responses need to be structured to the unique requirements found at each location. Project managers from the Office of Economic Adjustment serve as a community’s one-stop shop, typically beginning before the application process. Because most OEA activities are eligibility- and needs-based, they are non-competitive, allowing staff to assist potential applicants with concept development during the grant application development process.
From there, project managers act as guides for communities, sharing best practices on how to organize to speak with one voice, providing guidance on how to work with the local military installation, offering counsel on communications, and much more. Often times, a project manager is a key facilitator for states and communities who do not know what to do next, where to go, or whom to ask.
The Office of Economic Adjustment operates under the authority found at 10 U.S.C. 2391, Military Base Reuse Studies and Community Planning Assistance.
All types of assistance are eligibility-and needs-based under this authority and are situation-driven. Assistance is designed to enable states, local governments, and instrumentalities of local government experiencing the effects of a Department of Defense program change or are managing compatibility issues near a local military installation to respond to these challenges.
The Office of Economic Adjustment only provides grant assistance to entities of state and local government. For specific eligibility information, please visit the Types of Assistance section.
The Community Investment program enables states and communities to undertake necessary investments in public services and infrastructure to support the readiness and resiliency of installations, as well as to provide safe places for service members and their families to live, work, and play.
Military Installation Sustainability
The Military Installation Sustainability program of assistance is designed to provide technical and financial assistance to states and local governments to analyze and implement actions necessary to foster, protect, and enhance military installation sustainability. The program enables states and local governments to assist installations to optimize their mission, sustain their installation, and enhance the long-term readiness and military value of the power projection platform.
The Industry Resilience program assists communities as they respond to defense changes, specifically a cancelled contract or the failure to proceed with a previously approved weapons system. In some cases, a reduction in defense spending that impacts the defense manufacturing base can also trigger assistance provided under this program.
Department of Defense force modernization, whether through the Base Realignment and Closure process or other actions, can have negative impacts on state and local economies. The Downsizing program of assistance enables state and local governments to anticipate and respond to these changes.
Knowledge of Rules & Regulations
Grantees should be knowledgeable of all applicable Federal rules and regulations regarding the type of assistance received. Grantees are expected to conform to Federal grant requirements to ensure any assistance provided is reasonable, allowable, and allocable.
Reporting, Grant Management, and the Office of Economic Adjustment Grants Portal
Post-award, all grantee documentation will be submitted through the OEA Grants Portal, compliant with the required reporting processes outlined in the Grant Award. The Office of Economic Adjustment project manager will work with grantees to understand these requirements upon the award of funds.
Working the Grant
Grant recipients are required to manage their project based on project goals, strategy, governance, and administrative procedures for a specific project.
Effective Partnerships Between Grantees and the Office of Economic Adjustment
The Office of Economic Adjustment and its program managers understand the daily challenges and issues that may arise in grant activity. Project managers are available to help grantees understand their options and to help connect grantees to potential solutions.
All projects must include transparency; a clear understanding of timelines, milestones, dependencies, and deliverables (i.e. a clear project management plan); and frequent communications and open dialogue.
Finally, a project manager cannot replace state and community-level decision making and consensus building that needs to take place for an effective outcome.