How the Office of Military and Federal Affairs Supports Military and Community Compatible Use
Office of Military and Federal Affairs (OMFA), a business development unit within Commerce, is legislatively designated to serve as the state's liaison to Maryland's military installations and federal agency community. OMFA was established in 1999 with the mission to enhance the economic vitality of the 20 military facilities, including 12 major military installations, and 60 civilian federal agencies in Maryland by protecting, sustaining, and growing their associated missions and employment base. OMFA leverages relationships with military base and federal agency representatives to support civilian-military compatible use, to implement strategies for creating and retaining jobs by capitalizing on DoD and federal assets, and preventing or mitigating the impact from the closure or realignment of Maryland military bases, including the redevelopment of closed military sites. Additionally, by helping businesses and communities overly dependent on DoD funding diversify, OMFA helps minimize the adverse impact of closures of military bases or federal facilities. OMFA was identified as an entity responsible for implementing and supporting many of the recommendations of the 2019 Statewide Joint Land Use Response Implementation Strategy to support community/military compatibility. Lastly, OMFA administers and staffs the Maryland Military Installation Council and the OMFA Senior Director serves as the Executive Director.
Compatibility Factors relevant to the Office of Military and Federal Affairs: Coordination/Communication
Relevant Programs and Plans
Defense Network helps to ensure that the
state's defense industry thrives by providing a platform for participants
to connect, share information on government contracting opportunities, and
expand business opportunities.
The Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance Program (MDDA) assists eligible defense-dependent companies grow their business, and find
new opportunities by providing training and services as contractors prepare
to enter into new markets and revenue streams. Learn more about this program in the MDDA FAQs. (Note: federal funding for this program ended in