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Military Base Closures and Affected Defense Department Civil Service Employees

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Publication Date: July 2005

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS22206

Topic: Military and defense (Military bases and buildings)


As a step in the 2005 round of the base realignment and closure (BRAC) process, the Department of Defense (DOD) has announced recommendations to close or realign a number of U.S. military installations. DOD estimated that the recommended realignments and closures would eliminate approximately 18,000 civilian positions and significantly restructure support functions. If the President and Congress proceed with implementation of the BRAC process, there will likely be several implications and options for affected DOD civil service employees, relating to reductions in force (RIFs); several types of transition assistance; DOD's National Security Personnel System (NSPS); and labor-management relations. This report will be updated if major changes occur in the BRAC process regarding DOD civil service employees.