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Program Description

  Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice

After many years of spending on programs and initiatives to close racial disparities in Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Council decided it was time to take an approach that looked at race as the primary determinant of disparities. In April 2018, the County Council passed Resolution # 18-1095 to establish an equity framework for policy and decision making. The resolution required the County to perform a baseline study by the Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) to describe current racial disparities in education, employment, housing, health, land use, and others. Following the completion of the study, the County Council passed Bill 27-19 to adopt a Racial Equity and Social Justice law. The law mandates 1) the creation of an Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice, 2) that all County employees receive racial equity training, and 3) that all departments examine their policies, procedures, and protocols for racial inequities. In December 2020, the County Council passed Bill 44-20 that requires the Office of RESJ to provide a racial equity analysis of supplemental appropriations as well as a racial equity analysis of the Montgomery County School System's operating and capital budgets.

The Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice will partner with Montgomery County departments and regional and national non-profit organizations to accomplish the following actions mandated by law:

  • perform an equity assessment to identify the County policies and practices that do not advance racial equity and that must be modified to address racial disparities;
  • develop metrics to measure the progress in redressing disparate outcomes based on race and social justice;
  • work diligently with each Montgomery County department to develop racial equity and social justice action plans to remedy issues adversely impacting county residents;
  • provide training to county employees on racial equity and social justice; and
  • develop long- and short-term goals for success in redressing disparate outcomes based on race and social justice as well as their own metrics to measure their success and progress.


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Program Contacts

Contact Tiffany Ward of the Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice at 240.777.5334 or Veronica Jaua of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2782 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Number of County employees who have completed Racial Equity TrainingN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Percent of County departments with a Racial Equity and Social Justice Lead establishedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Number of Racial Equity Impact Assessments completedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Percent of County departments with a Racial Equity Action Plan completed 1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1  This Office was established for FY21 with new performance measures and is currently developing its FY21-23 projections and targets; Data prior to FY21 may be unavailable.
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Program Budget Changes

FY22 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved5813042.00
Add: Two positions in Mid-Year FY21 via Executive Supplemental - Council Resolution #19-5592422632.00
Add: Enhance Analysis of Racial Equity Data, Trends and Research to Facilitate Improved Consideration of Racial Equity Issues in Budget and Other Government Processes1819062.00
Decrease Cost: Reclassification of a position (Community Outreach Manager - G28)-30340.00
Re-align: Shift funding for the Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee (8 public Members) to the NDA - Boards, Committees and Commissions account.-160000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.152730.00
FY22 Approved10017126.00