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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 and 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 FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Total utilization of direct resident communication systems - web, YouTube, video, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter (in millions)3792150210270
Total attendance at press conferences and press events5,0453,6325,0005,0005,000
Number of press events3035506070
Number of press requests under the MPIA158121520
Percentage of Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) requests completed within 30 days7985809090

Program Budget Changes

FY19 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved10442357.15
Add: Part-Time Visual Information Specialist Position507600.50
Decrease Cost: Reduction in Operating Expenses-97870.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.2718391.00
FY19 Approved13570478.65