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Program Description

  Public Relations

Under this program, the Office of Public Information:

  • Educates and informs residents about County issues, programs, and services through press releases, media advisories, news, public events, the County website, e-mail and online newsletters, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Works directly with media organizations to ensure that reporters and editors have accurate and timely information about County issues, programs, and services.
  • Develops promotional campaigns to increase awareness of critical issues such as pedestrian safety and emergency preparedness.

Program Contacts

Contact Leslie Hamm of the Office of Public Information at 240.773.3565 or Jane Mukira of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2754 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Total utilization of direct resident communication systems - web, YouTube, video, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter (in millions)92123210270270
Total attendance at press conferences and press events3,6325,8266,0007,0007,000
Number of press events3557607070
Number of press requests under the MPIA832152020
Percentage of Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) requests completed within 30 days8585909090

Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved13570478.65
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.455950.00
FY20 Approved14026428.65