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Contact James Stowe of the Office of Human Rights at 240.777.8490 or Phil 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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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Human Rights is to enforce Federal, State, and County anti-discrimination laws in housing, commercial real estate, employment, public accommodation and intimidation, and promote increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups.

Budget Overview

The total approved FY18 Operating Budget for the Office of Human Rights is $1,242,813, an increase of $88,427 or 7.66 percent from the FY17 Approved Budget of $1,154,386. Personnel Costs comprise 86.70 percent of the budget for eight full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 8.60 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 13.30 percent of the FY18 budget.

Linkage to County Result Areas

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

  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government
  • Vital Living for All of Our Residents

Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY17 estimates reflect funding based on the FY17 approved budget. The FY18 and FY19 figures are performance targets based on the FY18 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY19.

Accomplishments

  • Held the One Stop Fair Housing workshop for housing providers, realtors, rental agents, and real estate professionals with a focus on local, State, and Federal fair housing laws.
  • Held the One Stop Fair Employment workshop for County private and public employers with a focus on new local laws and State and Federal fair employment case law.
  • Coordinated the fourth Annual Friendship Picnic with the Committee on Hate Violence, advocating for community unity across racial, religious, and cultural lines; building awareness of the Partnership Fund which supports victims of hate violence incidents. The event was attended by over 2,000 participants.
  • Successfully completed the agency's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Contract for FY16.
  • Successfully convened and carried out a number of educational outreach activities including the Human Rights Diversity Youth Camp, the Civil Rights Education Experience, and the County's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration.
  • Successfully mediated and closed complaints consistent with performance measures requirements.



Program Descriptions

  Compliance

This program investigates and resolves formal complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, commercial and residential real estate transactions, public accommodations, and intimidations through a formal complaint process or mediation.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
FY15
Actual
FY16
Estimated
FY17
Target
FY18
Target
FY19
Percent of cases that have completed their investigation within 15 months100%94%95%98%100%
Percent of cases that have a Letter of Determination issued within 30 days of completed investigation by investigator100%99%100%100%100%
Percent of referred cases that are mediated successfully50%57%50%50%50%
Percent reduction (or increase) in the average closeout time of cases (formal complaints) over the prior year5%5%5%5%5%
Percent of cases in backlog status (cases not closed within 15 months)0%7%8%5%0%

  Community Mediation and Public Affairs

This program supports and promotes the Human Rights Commission and Committee on Hate Violence on their outreach and education efforts. Participate in, or in partnership with other local/State/Federal offices, conduct various forums to promote increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
FY15
Actual
FY16
Estimated
FY17
Target
FY18
Target
FY19
Overall satisfaction of the Commissioners with the HRC's advocacy for human and civil rights issues (scale of 1-5)4.44.84.74.74.7

  Fair Housing

This program monitors the County's Fair Housing Ordinance through the Interagency Fair Housing Work Group in order to coordinate the activity of County departments, offices, and agencies to prevent housing discrimination and to perform testing of housing providers.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
FY15
Actual
FY16
Estimated
FY17
Target
FY18
Target
FY19
Percent of housing providers in full compliance with Fair Housing Laws based on the Office of Human Rights-selected matched pair testing 1N/A80%90%95%98%
1  In FY15, testing was delayed pending new rules and training of testers regarding the source of income basis.

  Administration

This program provides overall direction of the office, administration of the budget, personnel, procurement, automation, and support services. Also provided in this program is funding for human relations awards.

Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY16
Budget
FY17
Estimate
FY17
Approved
FY18
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages784801.00805508.00 798022.00 841883.004.5
Employee Benefits224430.00230257.00 228067.00 235586.002.3
County General Fund Personnel Costs1009231.001035765.00 1026089.00 1077469.004.0
Operating Expenses79095.00118621.00 132888.00 165344.0039.4
County General Fund Expenditures1088326.001154386.00 1158977.00 1242813.007.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs8.608.60 8.60 8.600.0
REVENUES
EEOC Reimbursement51700.0055000.00 55000.00 55000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues162.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues51862.0055000.00 55000.00 55000.000.0
FY18 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY17 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION11543868.60
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Develop electronic reporting system for complicance with Tipped Employee Legislation [Administration]1000000.00
Eliminate: Funding for FY17 study on implementation of the Tipped Employee Legislation [Compliance]-500000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment219410.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Personnel Costs112010.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Compensation Increases84990.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment630.00
Decrease Cost: Printing and Mail-3860.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-28910.00
FY18 APPROVED12428138.60
Program Summary
Program NameFY17 APPR
Expenditures
FY17 APPR
FTEs
FY18 APPR
Expenditures
FY18 APPR
FTEs
Compliance7796486.008578586.00
Community Mediation and Public Affairs394700.50426240.50
Fair Housing853701.10890301.10
Administration2498981.002533011.00
Total11543868.6012428138.60
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY18FY19FY20FY21FY22FY23
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY18 Approved1243.0000001243.0000001243.0000001243.0000001243.0000001243.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000006.0000006.0000006.0000006.0000006.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1243.0000001249.0000001249.0000001249.0000001249.0000001249.000000