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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 FY20 Operating Budget for the Office of Intergovernmental Relations is $1,150,199, a decrease of $101,960 or 8.14 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $1,252,159. Personnel Costs comprise 81.86 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 18.14 percent of the FY20 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • A More Affordable and Welcoming Community
  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • Easier Commutes
  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • A Growing Economy

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable). The FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.

MeasureActual
FY17
Actual
FY18
Estimated
FY19
Target
FY20
Target
FY21
Number of bills for which a County fiscal estimate was requested by the State Department of Legislative Services 1431524436436436
Number of formal position statements prepared 2253285252252252
Percent of State legislative package where Intergovernmental Relations position prevailed 392%89%89%89%89%
Percent of State priorities fully realized 480%61%61%61%61%
Total direct State aid ($ millions)752782816816816
Total State retirement payments ($ millions)179168170170170
General Assembly bills identified as of potential interest to the County and analyzed by the Office of Intergovernmental Relations 58561243992992992
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 $59.7 million in State grants for capital funding for school facilities.

  • Secured $38.7 million in State grants for capital improvements at higher education facilities.

  • Secured an increase of $34 million in direct State aid, primarily for K-12 Education.

  • Secured a new $167 million annual stream of funding for Maryland's share of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) subsidy to support maintenance and system improvement.

  • Obtained passage of the Promoting ext-Raordinary Innovation in Maryland's Economy (PRIME) Act to attract Amazon HQ2 to Montgomery County with $3 billion of incentives through State income tax credits, property tax credits, and sales tax exemptions. State budget also includes $10 million as the first portion of a $150 million grant package.

  • Secured $10 million for the first and second installment of a four-year $20 million retention incentive package for Marriott International to construct its new headquarters in Montgomery County.

  • Secured a second $1 million down payment in State funding for the Poolesville Economic Development Project.

  • Obtained a grandfather clause in Statewide paid sick leave legislation that preserves the County's authority to implement its own local sick and safe leave law.

  • Obtained legislation that delays for two years the County's obligation to repay the State for local income tax refunds required by the Wynne case, which allows the County to postpone approximately $143 million in repayments.

  • Obtained legislation strengthening WMATA's governing board (Metro Board of Directors) by requiring that one of the State's two principal board members be the Maryland Secretary of Transportation or the Secretary's designee.

  • Worked collaboratively with Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) and Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) to obtain legislation creating the Commission to Advance the Next Generation of 911 Across Maryland.

  • Worked collaboratively with the Office of the County Attorney (OCA), MACo, Maryland Municipal League (MML), and Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) to successfully oppose a bill that would have increased the County's liability for attorney's fees.

  • Worked collaboratively with the Department of Technology Services (DTS), OCA, MACo and MML to successfully oppose a bill that would have preempted local authority regarding "small cell" wireless facilities.
  • Worked collaboratively with DTS and MACo to expand the scope of the Rural Broadband Task Force to include the County's Agricultural Reserve.

  • Worked collaboratively with Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS), Revenue Authority, Public Information, DTS, OCA, MACo, and MML to amend the Maryland Public Information Act to allow the County to protect the privacy of residents and business by keeping email addresses and telephone numbers confidential.

  • Collaborated with Department of General Services, OCA, Congressional Delegation, National Park Service, and Department of the Interior to negotiate a new 10-year cooperative management agreement for Glen Echo Park that preserves a local-Federal partnership benefiting County residents and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and protecting nationally significant fFederal property.

  • Worked collaboratively with Congressional Delegation to obtain legislation extending Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that support technology development, commercialization, job creation, and economic growth in the biotech sector.

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Initiatives

  • Continue to enhance collaboration with the County Executive, County Council, County departments, independent agencies (Montgomery County Public Schools, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery College, Revenue Authority, and Housing Opportunities Commission), and the County's various Boards, Committees, and Commissions to enhance: (1) the process for developing Federal and State priorities to maximize opportunities; and (2) Federal and State advocacy efforts regarding legal, legislative, fiscal and regulatory matters.

  • Continue to enhance the Office of Intergovernmental Relations' Legislative Tracking System to maximize its workflow management and public information capabilities.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Collaborated with the Universities at Shady Grove to host a student intern who contributed significantly to the County's legislative advocacy efforts.


  • Improved efficiency in Federal advocacy efforts by terminating a $100,000 contract for outside consultant services and absorbing those responsibilities by increasing a 0.8 staff position to full-time.


  • Improved the public interface of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations' (OIR) website, including a direct link to OIR's Legislative Tracking System that provides easy access to legislative history and County position statements for bills tracked by OIR.

  • Continued to participate in training, education, and networking opportunities at the local, State and federal levels, including programs and opportunities sponsored by MACo, NACo, Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Governmental Relations Association, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and Telecommunity.

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Collaboration and Partnerships

Collaboration

As reflected under "Accomplishments," the Office of Intergovernmental Relations continued to collaborate extensively throughout the year with the County Executive, County Council, Department Directors, departmental liaisons and other key staff, independent agencies, the County's many Boards, Committees and Commissions, and other stakeholders involved in federal and State matters.

 

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
FY18
Budget
FY19
Estimate
FY19
Recommended
FY20
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages739035.00736659.00 753294.00 758540.003.0
Employee Benefits170952.00168398.00 160877.00 183010.008.7
County General Fund Personnel Costs909987.00905057.00 914171.00 941550.004.0
Operating Expenses181624.00316432.00 293441.00 193314.00-38.9
County General Fund Expenditures1091611.001221489.00 1207612.00 1134864.00-7.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time4.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
Part-Time1.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs5.105.30 5.30 5.300.0
REVENUES
Miscellaneous Revenues239.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues239.000.00 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 15335.00-50.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures30666.0030670.00 30670.00 15335.00-50.0
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 15335.00-50.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues30666.0030670.00 30670.00 15335.00-50.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures1122277.001252159.00 1238282.00 1150199.00-8.1
Total Full-Time Positions4.005.00 5.00 5.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions1.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs5.105.30 5.30 5.300.0
Total Revenues30905.0030670.00 30670.00 15335.00-50.0
FY20 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION12214895.30
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment209590.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs101130.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment54210.00
Increase Cost: Legislation Tracking System37000.00
Decrease Cost: Professional Services [Intergovernmental Relations]-18180.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY19-1250000.00
FY20 RECOMMENDED11348645.30
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION306700.00
Federal/State Programs
Reduce: Reduction in State Aid/Expenses-153350.00
FY20 RECOMMENDED153350.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY20FY21FY22FY23FY24FY25
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY20 Recommended1135.0000001135.0000001135.0000001135.0000001135.0000001135.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000003.0000003.0000003.0000003.0000003.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1135.0000001138.0000001138.0000001138.0000001138.0000001138.000000