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DISA Transitional One-Stop Center Kick-Off Event

 

BALTIMORE (January 14, 2009) – Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas Perez joined Assistant Secretary of Workforce Development Andrew Moser yesterday to announce the opening of the Transitional One-Stop Centers housed within the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in Arlington, Virginia.

In order to help ease the transition for DISA workers who will move to Maryland as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process, the One-Stop Centers offer information to current DISA employees about housing, education, transportation, reciprocal occupational licensing, and other support resources. In addition to a full-time, on-site BRAC Transition Coordinator, each of the three Transitional One-Stop Centers at DISA houses a specialized kiosk designed exclusively for DLLR providing informational services round the clock.

“We know that uprooting your life and the lives of your families is never easy. From researching neighborhoods and schools and buying a home to ensuring your husband or wife can find a job in your new city or state, there are a lot of decisions you will have to make,” Secretary Perez told those DISA workers in attendance. “We hope to make those decisions a little less daunting.”

DISA will complete relocation of its headquarters to Fort Meade, Maryland from Arlington, Virginia by September 15, 2011 with the first segment of employees slated to begin relocation in March of 2010.

“Maryland has been working hard to prepare for the BRAC jobs coming to our State in the near future. The one stop centers are part of that effort, and we want to make this process as simple as possible for those workers who will follow their jobs to Maryland,” Assistant Secretary Moser said.

Establishment of the DISA Transitional One-Stop Centers follows the opening in April 2008, of the Transitional One-Stop Career Centers at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey to provide transitional services to BRAC-impacted employees moving to Aberdeen Proving Ground. To date, the Fort Monmouth One-Stops Centers have provided over 3,000 individuals with informational relocation assistance.

The centers at DISA were opened in partnership with the Howard County Office of Workforce Development. Francine Trout, Thomas Smith, and Jeryl Baker from Howard County attended yesterday’s event, as did Maryland Secretary of Housing and Community Development Ray Skinner, and DISA Director Lt. General Caroll F. Pollett.