One City One Hire is an innovative economic development strategy that serves as a catalyst to jump-start the Mayor's pledge to put all unemployed District residents--in every Ward of the city--back to work.
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
IMPORTANT NOTE: The BRAC National Emergency Grant (NEG) period ended on June 30, 2013, and BRAC services are no longer available to BRAC-impacted eligible customers. If you are interested in Dislocated Worker services, please contact your nearest American Job Center (American Job Centers).
The primary objective of the BRAC initiative is to enhance the regional economic vitality of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, to meet the immediate needs and future demands of the military, to provide occupational skills training and transitional assistance to affected workers and to facilitate a quick return of dislocated workers to the workforce. In an award of a National Emergency Grant, the US Department of Labor approved a plan for the District to partner with local BRAC impacted geographic areas to provide employment and transition assistance to employees. Under this grant the District will deliver workforce and educational and training opportunities to personnel of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, the Naval District Washington and Maryland and Virginia BRAC installations.
- Skills Assessment - Assessment services evaluate the customer’s employment history, education, interests, skills and barriers to employment, resulting in the development of individual employment plans and, where needed, individual training accounts and services needed to obtain personal career goals.
- Career Counseling - BRAC counseling services are designed to assist the customer in establishing and reaching realistic employment-related goals.
- Job Referrals and Assistance - Job referral and assistance facilitate the matching of job seekers and employers.
- Education and Training - Participants are encouraged to enroll in short-term certification training that is reasonably cost and in high demand occupations that are available in the region.
- Career/Education Fairs - Department of Employment Services hosts career/education fairs with local and regional area training providers and employers seeking to fill positions.
Eligible participants must be a member of the following groups:
- A federal civilian employee or contractor at a military installation in the District that was closed or realigned due to the BRAC 2005 actions
- The spouse of a military member who was affected by BRAC and was required to leave a job due to BRAC actions, including those being transferred from one installation to another
- An employee including self-employed individuals, laid off (or scheduled for layoff) from a business as a result of BRAC