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     • Data training
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Project Profile

Assessing and Evaluating the Defense Industry Adjustment Program

Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Oct 2019

CREC and EntreWorks Consulting is providing technical assistance for the OEA by assessing and evaluating the design and effects of OEA’s Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) program and the assistance that its grantees provide to defense-dependent communities, workers, and businesses.  CREC and EntreWorks will work closely with OEA management and personnel to develop jointly an evaluation effort that integrates program monitoring, technical assistance, training, and program assessment activities.  This rigorous evaluation effort will demonstrate how investments are achieving DIA program goals through the collection of high quality quantitative and qualitative evidence about program impacts. Through these efforts, CREC and EntreWorks seek to (1) better understand the impact the DIA program has made on the states and regions that have received funding; (2) assess how impacts differ between program recipients given the various uses of funds and stated program objectives; and (3) collect more information to help tell the story of OEA’s DIA program impacts.

Research & PlanningTechnical Assistance

About the Client

Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)

OEA is the DoD’s field organization responsible for supporting state and local governments to respond to major defense program changes.

Project Updates

OEA Industry Resilience Grants Project Wisconsin Site Visit
March 18, 2019

As part of the OEA Industry Resilience Grants project (Formerly OEA – Defense Industry Adjustment), Cathy Katona and Mereb Hagos conducted a site visit to Fond de Lac and Oshkosh Wisconsin to meet with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) to close out their OEA grant. They […]

CREC Staff Meets with NYSTAR
March 18, 2019

As part of the OEA Industry Resilience Grants project (Formerly OEA – Defense Industry Adjustment), Mark Troppe and Lee Winkler traveled to Albany New York, to meet with the Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), who manages the state’s MEP centers. The group discussed NYSTAR’s efforts to work with the regional […]

OEA Webinar: Cybersecurity Requirements for Defense Contractors
April 27, 2018

The Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity requirements were a hot topic at the recent DIA Learning Community Convening in Arlington, VA. The deadline for compliance has passed but many suppliers are still uncertain how to meet the requirements. DOD requirements for cybersecurity are far-reaching and impact suppliers at all tiers in the supply chain. This OEA-DIA […]