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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) is to determine the effectiveness of legislation enacted by the County Council and to make findings and recommendations concerning the performance, management, and operation of programs and functions for which funds are appropriated or approved by the Council.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY19 Operating Budget for the Office of Legislative Oversight is $1,644,087, a decrease of $17,608 or 1.06 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $1,661,695. Personnel Costs comprise 97.29 percent of the budget for 12 full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 11.67 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 2.71 percent of the FY19 budget.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following is emphasized:

  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government

Accomplishments

  • OLO's report on prescription opioids provided the Council with an overview of the State's and County's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic through prescriber education and drug monitoring programs. The report identified a key barrier to increased prescriber education in Maryland: a 2016 law passed by the General Assembly that prohibits the Board of Physicians from requiring physicians to complete a specific course, such as a course on opioid prescribing, as a condition of license renewal.


  • OLO completed a report on housing for adults with developmental disabilities so that the Council could better understand the housing challenges that face adults and their families. The report provided a framework of living arrangements, an inventory of State and local programs, and an overview of housing options available through the State's developmental disabilities service system.

  • OLO completed a review of school construction cost trends and policies and regulations that influence construction costs. OLO found that Montgomery County Public Schools' construction costs per square foot increased by 19.0% from FY08 through FY15, a rate nearly identical to the national average of 18.0%. However, key variances in policies and practices drive school construction costs across jurisdictions.

  • OLO completed a review of Federal grant management in Montgomery County. The report identified barriers in the process for County departments and offices that infrequently or do not pursue Federal grants, as well as, opportunities to address these barriers through increased collaboration and networking. The report contributed to a larger Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee discussion on establishing a centralized grants office in the County.

  • OLO is working on an ongoing effort to review and evaluate proposals from the Maryland General Assembly's Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education on the school adequacy funding formula. OLO conducted an initial review of funding formula changes and impact on State aid to MCPS and will continue its work into the coming calendar year.

  • OLO completed a report that described non-conventional strategies implemented in other communities to address school capacity constraints including case studies of specific strategies employed by school districts to expand school capacity and alleviate overcrowding.

  • OLO completed a report describing the availability of pre-kindergarten programs in Montgomery County and in other jurisdictions for four-year-old children. Findings and follow-up discussions from the report helped inform the County Council's decision to provide additional funding to MCPS to convert half-day Head Start classrooms into school-day length programs in FY18.

  • OLO completed a report on a potential student loan refinancing authority in Montgomery County. OLO's research showed that it would be feasible to establish such an authority, but fully analyzing the demand in the County would require the determination of major program characteristics and a professional market study.

Program Descriptions

  Legislative Oversight

The Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) conducts program evaluations, base budget reviews, audits, and other special studies in accordance with a Council-approved work program. OLO studies the effectiveness of legislation enacted by the Council and makes findings and recommendations concerning the performance, management, and operation of programs and functions...

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Program Contacts

Contact Chris Cihlar of the Office of Legislative Oversight at 240.777.7987 or Helen P. Vallone of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2755 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Recommended
FY19
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1200752.001237774.00 1242212.00 1234226.00-0.3
Employee Benefits365125.00371165.00 363029.00 365227.00-1.6
County General Fund Personnel Costs1565877.001608939.00 1605241.00 1599453.00-0.6
Operating Expenses15289.0052756.00 13864.00 44634.00-15.4
County General Fund Expenditures1581166.001661695.00 1619105.00 1644087.00-1.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time11.0011.00 11.00 12.009.1
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs11.0011.00 11.00 11.676.1
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses27550.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures27550.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures1608716.001661695.00 1619105.00 1644087.00-1.1
Total Full-Time Positions11.0011.00 11.00 12.009.1
Total Part-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs11.0011.00 11.00 11.676.1
FY19 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION166169511.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY18 Midyear Change to Fund Legislative Analyst1222971.00
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment359740.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail780.00
Decrease Cost: Reduce Operating Expenses for Training-12000.00
Decrease Cost: Reduce Contractual Services-70000.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-149330.00
Decrease Cost: Increase Planned Lapse-197070.00
Shift: Funding and 0.33 FTE of Audit Contract Manager to Independent Audit NDA-52492-0.33
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs-806250.00
FY19 RECOMMENDED164408711.67
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY18
Total$
FY18
FTES
FY19
Total$
FY19
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
NDA - Independent AuditGeneral Fund00.00534240.33
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Recommended1644.0000001644.0000001644.0000001644.0000001644.0000001644.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.00000020.00000020.00000020.00000020.00000020.000000
Restoration of one-time lapse adjustment in the budget development year
Labor Contracts0.00000021.00000021.00000021.00000021.00000021.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1644.0000001685.0000001685.0000001685.0000001685.0000001685.000000