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of such actions. Emphasis was placed on the vital role of base commanders in this situation, particularly as an agent capable of defusing problem situations and allaying false fears. Complete background on the economic adjustment program was provided at that time.
Step 4 - Congressional Notification of Closure (April 16 & 17, 1973)
After the military services notified delegations of the planned actions, OEA called Congressmen to inform them of their availability for briefing sessions.
Congressional Briefings (April 17-27, 1973)
OEA personnel, along with representatives of the military services and OSD Manpower and Reserve Affairs, briefed Congressmen as to the activities of the President's EAC, its past successes, its overall approach and the need for concerted community action to offset any losses due to the reduction in DoD activities. The rationale for the closure action and actions related to personnel assistance were covered during these sessions.
Step 6 - Formal Requests for Assistance (April 17-May 31, 1973)
Following the public announcements and the Congressional briefings, formal requests for assistance of the EAC were made by the Congressional delegation and community leaders. Such actions constituted the formal initiation of an economic adjustment program for the affected communities.
Step 7 - Supplement Development Research (April-May 1973)
The foregoing request stimulated additional research on the impacted area to include more in-depth evaluation of the economic base of the area, identification of organizational capabilities, private sector economic activities, etc.
Formation of Area Economic Adjustment Committees (May 1973)
Community leaders were immediately advised to form organization to deal with the array of matters that will evolve from assistance
program. Advice was given to ensure that organizations were composed of key leaders from a cross-section of community groups (public and private sectors).
Step 9 - Conduct Reconnaissance Visits (May-July 1973)
Following the requests for assistance, staff members of OEA and select EAC representatives conducted visits to affected communities to accomplish the following tasks:
Evaluate existing community development efforts as to their relation to the DoD facility.
Identify high priority projects and immediate actions that
Community officials were briefed on EAC program and its successes during these visits.
Step 10 - Coordinate and Participate in Reconnaissance Visits
Coincident with Step 9 above, local officials gathered appropriate data related to effects of closures and ensured participation of key community leaders in reconnaissance visits. In from local officials were viewed as key ingredients to later success of Committee visit and adjustment program.
Step 11 - Identify Potential Uses for Bases (April-July 1973)
Community officials were advised immediately to consider and
munities desire to use the facility was a major concern during this step.
Provide Technical Assistance Funds (June - July 1973)
All major impacted communities were provided grants to enable them to undertake needed master plans for facilities, manpower planning, conversion strategies, impact analyses, and other appropriate planning tasks. To date, a total of $1.3 million in Technical Assistance grants from FY 73 funds have been made to affected communities.
Write Reconnaissance Reports (June - Sep 1973)
OEA staff who participated in reconraissance visits are preparing reports highlighting the findings of their visits, with emphasis on the exact nature of the impact problem. Emphasis is being placed on identifying a preliminary development strategy, focusing on the reuse of military facilities (where applicable). Data in report will give entire EAC a perspective on problem.
Step 14 - Provide Reconnaissance Reports (July - Sep 1973)
Completed reconnaissance reports will be circulated to Congressional delegation, community leaders and EAC members. Briefings on the report's findings/recommendations will be given to Congressmen prior to the report's general release.
Step 15 - Coordinate with EAC to Set up Full Team Visit (Sep 1973)
Local officials will assume major responsibility in notifying area leaders, state agencies and the general public regarding the planned visits of representatives of the 17 Federal agencies making up the EAC. EAC, in turn, will effect liaison with all Washington and regional offices of EAC agencies and appropriate Federal Regional Councils and the Domestic Council. Thoroughness of these actions will affect the scope and success of team visit.
Step 16 - Visit of the Economic Adjustment Committee (Aug - Oct 1973)
After area officials have had time to review reconnaissance reports, a full team visit to the affected community will be conducted. The visit will consist of:
Tours of bases and area.
In-depth workshops on industrial development, human
The purpose of the visit will be to further on-going assistance efforts and to crystallize thinking on a viable development strategy.
Step 17 - Screen Property Among Federal Agencies ( August 1973 on)
Following compliance with statutory requirements for reports of excess, GSA will screen other Federal agencies to ascertain their interest in utilizing excess DoD facilities. This step is considered vital since it will determine the magnitude of the local/State use of the closed bases (i.e., Federal use might limit community re-use potential but may provide new jobs, etc.)
Step 18 - Provide EAC Team Report (September-November 1973)
A comprehensive report, highlighting the findings of the full team visit, will be provided to the Congressional delegation and area officials. The report will represent a synthesis of inputs from the 17 agencies and focus on a detailed development strategy for the impacted area. Specific development actions will be delineated in all functional areas covered during the EAC visit.
State and area officials will review EAC reports with a mind toward confirming priority actions for development. Review will include any needed modifications to EAC strategy.
Step 20 - Implement Priority Actions (Continuing)
Major action will consist of finalizing a plan for utilization of surplus facility. Plan will determine nature of involvement of select Federal agencies (i, e., HEW, GSA, etc.)
Progress Reports to Key Federal Interests (Continuing)
OEA will provide periodic progress reports to OMB, Domestic Council and EAC members, detailing the status of development suggestions and highlighting any impediments to a timely recovery. Emphasis will be placed on organizational activities of community and progress of base use planning. Flash reports will be made where human, political or economic factors signal serious problems.
Conduct Property Appraisal (September 1973 on)
GSA will undertake an appraisal of subject surplus property to determine fair market value. This action will have a major bearing on community's final utilization effort.
Step 23 - Purchase /Acquire Property (1974)
Area governments/organizations may acquire/purchase surplus property for industrial, aviation or educational use. This step marks the first phase of community management of the former DoD property. EAC assistance will diminish accordingly after completion of this step.