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Program Description

  Business Relations and Compliance

The mission of the Division of Business Relations and Compliance (DBRC) is to plan and implement programmatic strategies to expand business opportunities for minority, female and disabled business owners and Montgomery County small businesses. The office administers the County's Wage Requirements and Prevailing Wage programs for service and construction contracts. The DBRC is responsible for ensuring County government contracting compliance with the socioeconomic laws, programs, and policies of the County.


-Minority, Female and Disabled Persons (MFD): the MFD program objectives focus on ensuring that contracts awarded by the County include equitable participation by certified minority, female, or disabled-owned businesses. In addition, the program identifies MFD firms; encourages and coordinates their participation in the procurement process through community outreach and internal seminars; and monitors contracts subject to MFD participation to ensure compliance.


-Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP): the Local Small Business Reserve Program ensures that County departments award a minimum of 20 percent of total eligible contract dollars issued for goods, services or construction to registered local small businesses. The program certifies local small businesses that meet the requirements set by law; assists County departments to identify contracting opportunities and solicitations appropriate for LSBRP competition; and provides training and networking to help local small businesses compete with businesses of similar size and resources for County contracts to strengthen the local small business sector.


-Wage Requirements Law (WRL): The Wage Requirements Law program ensures that County contractors and subcontractors pay employees a "living wage" in compliance with the annually adjusted rate established by the Maryland State Commissioner of Labor and Industry for the Montgomery County region.


-Prevailing Wage Law (PWL): The Prevailing Wage Law is patterned after the Federal Davis-Bacon and State of Maryland's prevailing wage laws. It requires the prevailing wage be paid to workers on County financed construction contracts. The prevailing wage rate is a rate paid for comparable work in the private sector within the County. The rates are calculated by the State, based on surveys of construction company employers.

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Program Contacts

Contact Marsha Watkins Thomas of the Office of Procurement at 240.777.9954 or Bryan Hunt of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2786 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Business Relations and Compliance: Percentage of contract dollars awarded to LSBs 2425252525
Percent of County contract dollars that are awarded to certified MFD vendors (measured against County goals for each category)2123232424
Value of County contracts awarded to local small businesses ($s)87,50593,40895,000100,000100,000
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Program Budget Changes

FY19 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved10063915.50
Reduce: Contractual Clerical Support for Business Relations and Compliance-100000.00
Reduce: Contractual Support Services-100000.00
Reduce: Operating Expenses-125000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-113300.00
FY19 Approved9625615.50