Community Economic Adjustment Assistance for Advance Planning and Economic Diversification

 

Assist State and local governments to lessen an area's dependence on defense expenditures by preparing economic diversification strategies, and contingency strategies and schematic land use plans for the potential redevelopment of a military installation prior to closure or realignment decisions.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
12.614
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Defense
Office: Office of Economic Adjustment
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program supported organizing and planning diversification initiatives, including supply chain analysis and technical assistance to small and medium size businesses, in three States. Fiscal Year 2015: The program will provide support for organizing and planning diversification initiatives, including supply chain analysis, business process reengineering, and technical assistance to small and medium size businesses, in at least five States. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
10 U.S.C. 2391.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants for this assistance are to contact the Office of Economic Adjustment and a Project Manager will be assigned to work with the applicant to determine eligibility for assistance under this program. States, counties, municipalities, other political subdivisions of a State, special purpose units of a State or local government, and tribal nations are eligible for this assistance if a substantial portion of the economic activity or population of the applicant's geographic area is dependent on defense expenditures. The Office of Economic Adjustment must determine, in consultation with the affected state or community, that a substantial portion of the economic activity or population of the geographic area subject to the planning under this program is dependent on Department of Defense (Defense) expenditures. For purposes of eligibility determination, an area is considered Defense-dependent if it can demonstrate: (1) Direct military and civilian employment totals at least one and a half times the national level of Defense employment as a percent of the total U.S. labor force or (2) Defense-related expenditures comprise at least one and a half times the Defense percent of gross domestic product. The National Defense Budget Estimates for FY2016 states that the 2014 Defense employment as a percent of total labor force is 1.4% and the 2014 Defense share of gross domestic product is 3.4%. One and half times the Defense employment as a percent of the total labor force is 2.1%, and one and half times the Defense percent of gross domestic product is 6.0%. Technical and financial assistance is structured through an assigned Project Manager working with a defense-dependent State and/or local government.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States and communities, including workers, businesses, and other community interests, that could be affected by Defense budget reductions and base closures/realignments.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants will be required to provide documentation consistent with the authority under which the assistance is being sought, and must document that a substantial portion of the economic activity or employment of a local area is dependent on Defense and/or related military installation expenditures. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
An applicant may be notified of funding availability in person, through letter, electronic mail, or a Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (FFO), and on how to apply for the funding through this notification. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An application (SF 424, budget, program or project narrative and assurances) must be submitted that outlines the proposed project and expenditure of funds. Applicants will be invited to submit their applications and supporting documentation electronically to the Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. In instances where, for whatever reason, an electronic application cannot be submitted, provisions may be made to accept a paper application addressed to: Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, 2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 520, Arlington, VA 22202-3711
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by Office of Economic Adjustment staff. The Office of Economic Adjustment may consult with other Federal agencies as necessary in consideration of an application. Any issues or concerns noted in the application may be negotiated with the applicant prior to the application being accepted as final by, the Office of Economic Adjustment. Awards by the Director, Office of Economic Adjustment will be made on the basis of an approved final application.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
To the extent practicable, the Office of Economic Adjustment will inform an applicant of approval within seven business days of the receipt of a final, completed application for planning assistance, and thirty business days of the receipt of a final, completed application for other types of assistance to carry out community adjustments or economic diversification programs. The Office of Economic Adjustment will promptly inform an applicant of the rejection of any application once its due diligence has been completed.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable. Awards are based on eligibility and availability of funds.
How may assistance be used?
Develop economic diversification studies to lessen local economic dependency on Department of Defense and/or military installation-related expenditures; prepare contingency plans for organizing a community in response to a possible base closure or realignment; and/or produce strategies and schematic plans for the potential civilian reuse of a military installation prior to closure or realignment decision. Funds provided under this program shall not be used to directly identify or assist a business, including a business expansion, in the relocation of a plant, facility, or operation from one Labor Market Area (LMA) to another if the relocation is likely to result in the loss of jobs in the LMA from which the relocation occurs. Funds shall not be used to directly or indirectly inform and/or influence deliberations under Public Law 101-510, as amended, or subsequent Base Closure and Realignment laws, of the Department of Defense (including any of its components). In considering military installations for closure or realignment, the Secretary of Defense may not take into account for any purpose any advance planning undertaken by an affected community with respect to the anticipated closure or realignment of a military installation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are required. Cash reports are required. Progress reports are required. Expenditure reports are required. The frequency of these reports will be identified in the "Terms and Conditions" of the award. Performance monitoring is also required, and the frequency of the monitoring will be identified in the "Terms and Conditions" of the award.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Standard Federal audit requirements apply, as appropriate to the type of recipient. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the Grantee’s fiscal year.
Records
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or subrecipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: A minimum of ten percent of the project's total proposed funding is to be comprised of non-Federal sources.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length of assistance may extend across more than one period and will be determined on the basis of project need and requirements. Project periods should not exceed one year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed quarterly or as required. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed quarterly or as required.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Western Region Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, 1325 J Street, Suite 1500, Sacramento, CA 95814. Phone: (916) 557-7365.
Headquarters Office
Director, 2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 520, Arlington, Virginia 22202-3711 Email: oea.ncr.OEA.mbx.feedback@mail.mil Phone: (703) 697-2130 Fax: (703) 607-0170
Website Address
http://www.oea.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
97-0100-1-7-051.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $3,268,116; FY 15 est $8,230,150; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$1,000,000 - $4,000,000; $2,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Recipient, and any subrecipient or consultant/contractor, operating under the terms of a grant or cooperative agreement shall comply with all Federal, State, and local laws including the following, where applicable: Part 1103 of title 2, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), "Interim Grants and Cooperative Agreements Implementation of Guidance in 2 CFR Part 200, “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards;” Part 28 of title 32, CFR, "New Restrictions on Lobbying;" Part 1125 of title 2, CFR, “Department of Defense Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension,” Subpart B, “Requirements for Recipients Other Than Individuals,” of Part 26 of title 32, CFR, “Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance);” and Part 25 of title 2, CFR, “Universal Identifier and Central Contractor Registration.”
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Provided financial assistance for defense industry supply chain mapping as well as asset inventories of programs and organizations that can assist defense dependent regions in the event of reduced Defense procurement. Supported States in providing technical assistance to existing small and medium-size business seeking to diversify their customer base. Fiscal Year 2015: States and local governments intend to use financial assistance for defense industry supply chain mapping, export training for defense-oriented manufacturing firms, as well as asset inventories of programs and organizations which can assist defense dependent regions in the event of reduced Defense procurement. Will support States in providing technical assistance to existing small and medium-size business seeking to diversify their customer base as well as local governments in conducting strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat analyses for their functional economic area. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available