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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations is to represent County interests at the regional, State, and Federal levels; to prepare the annual State Legislative Program; to prepare the annual Federal priorities request; and to be the liaison with State Government, and the County's State and Congressional delegations. The Office is the lead Executive Branch agency representing the County before the Maryland Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY19 Operating Budget for the Office of Intergovernmental Relations is $1,127,159, a decrease of $29,184 or 2.52 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $1,156,343. Personnel Costs comprise 80.30 percent of the budget for five full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 5.30 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 19.70 percent of the FY19 budget.

Linkage to County Result Areas

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

  • Affordable Housing in an Inclusive Community
  • Children Prepared to Live and Learn
  • An Effective and Efficient Transportation Network
  • Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government
  • Safe Streets and Secure Neighborhoods
  • Strong and Vibrant Economy
  • Vital Living for All of Our Residents

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable). The FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

MeasureActual
FY16
Actual
FY17
Estimated
FY18
Target
FY19
Target
FY20
Number of bills for which a County fiscal estimate was requested by the State Department of Legislative Services 1352431357357357
Number of formal position statements prepared 2219253220220220
Percent of State legislative package where Intergovernmental Relations position prevailed 380%92%80%80%80%
Percent of State priorities fully realized 466%80%60%60%60%
Total direct State aid ($ millions)720752780780780
Total State retirement payments ($ millions)167179167167167
General Assembly bills identified as of potential interest to the County and analyzed by the Office of Intergovernmental Relations 5876856793793793
1  Projections are based on the mathematical average of the last three years' actual figures.
2  Projections are based on the mathematical average of the last three years' numbers rounded to the nearest 5.
3  Fixed Projections at 80%
4  Fixed Projections at 60%
5  Projections are based on the mathematical average of the last three years' actual numbers.

Accomplishments

  • Secured State grants for every capital project identified by the County as a funding priority for the 2017 Legislative Session.

  • Worked collaboratively with the Office of Procurement, State Board of Elections, and State delegation to obtain legislation that transferred the job of enforcing State elections law relating to persons doing business with governmental entities back to the State Board of Elections.

  • Worked collaboratively with State delegation to ensure that legislation governing sick and safe leave did not preempt the County from continuing to enforce its own local law.


  • Worked collaboratively with the Department of Liquor Control (DLC) and State delegation to obtain legislation authorizing: (1) the DLC's dispensaries to hold on-premises tastings of beer, wine, and liquor; (2) Montgomery County to conduct the Montgomery County Beer, Wine, and Liquor Festival through a "festival organization" to be selected by the county; and (3) the holder of a Class B beer, wine, and liquor (BWL) license or a Class B BWL (Hotel/Motel License) license in Montgomery County to sell alcoholic beverages for one additional hour on a Monday that the federal government has designated as a public holiday.

  • Secured an increase in State capital funds for school construction based on high enrollment growth from $11.7 million in FY17 to $21.8 million in FY18.

  • State budget includes a $7 million retention incentive package in FY18 for Marriott International to construct its new headquarters in Montgomery County, contingent on a capital investment of at least $500 million and retention of at least 3,250 eligible full-time employees. This is the first installment of a 4-year $22 million package.


  • State budget includes an increase of $41 million in Maryland's share of the WMATA subsidy to support maintenance and improvement of the system.


  • Retained State funds necessary to allow the planned light rail line between Bethesda and New Carrolton (Purple Line) to move forward.


  • Worked collaboratively with the State delegation to expand an existing local option property tax credit for retired military to include civil commissioned officers working with the U.S. Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


  • Worked collaboratively with the State Ethics Commission, WSSC, M-NCPPC, and WSTC to obtain legislation that addressed concerns about the process for handling financial disclosure statements provided by applicants and appointees to WSSC, M-NCPPC and WSTC.

  • Worked collaboratively with the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) and Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) to obtain legislation that increases the maximum civil penalty from $250 to $500 for a violation recorded by a school bus monitoring camera for failure to stop for a school vehicle.

  • Working collaboratively with MCPD and MCDOT to obtain legislation extending rights-of-way privileges to pedestrians regarding bicycles, play vehicles and unicycles on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk.

  • Worked collaboratively with the State Delegation and Department of Natural Resources to obtain legislation that (1) allows a person to hunt deer on a Sunday in Montgomery County throughout the deer hunting season on private property; and (2) decreases the archery hunting safety zone size, in Montgomery County, from 100 yards to 50 yards from a dwelling house, residence, church, or any other building or camp occupied by human beings.

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Initiatives

  • Vision Zero - Continue to identify County and State laws, policies, and regulations that hinder the County's progress towards Vision Zero.
  • Continue to enhance the Office of Intergovernmental Relations' Legislative Tracking System, and work with other County departments to better coordinate and communicate on State and County legislation.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Training - Continued to participate in training, education, and networking opportunities at the local, State, and Federal levels, including programs and opportunities sponsored by the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), National Association of Counties (NACo), Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Governmental Relations Association, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and TeleComUnity.

  • Legislative Tracking System: Implemented a new legislative tracking system for the 2017 Session which enhanced OIR's legislative review process by improving the way OIR collects, organizes, reviews, and communicates information relating to State and Federal legislation. OIR works closely with approximately 60 legislative liaisons (from the Executive Branch, County Council, independent agencies and other State agencies) to review bills and obtain the input that is necessary to develop County position statements and advocate on behalf of the County. The new software system improved the efficiency of workflow management between OIR and legislative liaisons, timely tracking of bill status, and electronic access to bill files and legislative history.

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Collaboration and Partnerships

County Department Directors and Key Staff

Continued to meet with County Department Directors and key staff to explain the State and federal priorities processes so as to maximize opportunities.

 

Program Descriptions

  Intergovernmental Relations

The Office of Intergovernmental Relations advocates on behalf of the County before the Maryland General Assembly; Governor; and State administrative agencies, task forces, and committees. It responds to legislation, regulations, or other policy issues involving nearby counties and states, municipalities within the County, regional agencies, the District of Columbia, and...

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Program Contacts

Contact Wanda Wells of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations at 240.777.6550 or Philip Weeda of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 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 Wages711207.00704752.00 748758.00 736659.004.5
Employee Benefits164157.00162158.00 158187.00 168398.003.9
County General Fund Personnel Costs875364.00866910.00 906945.00 905057.004.4
Operating Expenses162840.00258763.00 154422.00 191432.00-26.0
County General Fund Expenditures1038204.001125673.00 1061367.00 1096489.00-2.6
PERSONNEL
Full-Time4.004.00 4.00 5.0025.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 0.00-100.0
FTEs5.105.10 5.10 5.303.9
County General Fund Revenues0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
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 Expenses30666.0030670.00 30670.00 30670.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures30666.0030670.00 30670.00 30670.000.0
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
REVENUES
State Grants30666.0030670.00 30670.00 30670.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues30666.0030670.00 30670.00 30670.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures1068870.001156343.00 1092037.00 1127159.00-2.5
Total Full-Time Positions4.004.00 4.00 5.0025.0
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 0.00-100.0
Total FTEs5.105.10 5.10 5.303.9
Total Revenues30666.0030670.00 30670.00 30670.000.0
FY19 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION11256735.10
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: FY18 Mid-Year Adjustment (converted part-time to full-time)00.20
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment151060.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs18900.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail280.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-31490.00
Decrease Cost: Professional Services-430590.00
FY19 RECOMMENDED10964895.30
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION306700.00
FY19 RECOMMENDED306700.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Recommended1096.0000001096.0000001096.0000001096.0000001096.0000001096.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000008.0000008.0000008.0000008.0000008.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1096.0000001104.0000001104.0000001104.0000001104.0000001104.000000