How the Office of Military and Federal Affairs Supports Military and Community Compatible Use

The 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

Maryland Defense Network


The Maryland 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.

Maryland Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program


Maryland Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program: Coordinated by the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP), this program provides funding and assistance for Maryland defense contractors to comply with cybersecurity standards set forth by the DoD. This program is OLDCC funded by the DoD's Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation; funding is passed through Commerce to MD MEP. (Note: federal funding ends in August 2022, however MD MEP will continue to offer DCAP services beyond the expiration of federal funds).

Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance Program (MDDA)


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 2020.) 


Business Resources for Federal, State, and Local Contracting Opportunities


Business Resources for Federal, State, and Local Contracting Opportunities: This webpage hosts a variety of resources that can help defense contractors find opportunities, make connections, and be successful in their pursuits.


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