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Program Description

  Business Relations and Compliance

The mission of the Division of Business Relations and Compliance (BRC) is to plan and implement programmatic strategies to expand business opportunities for minority, female and disabled business owners as well as 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. 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 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 in identifying 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 local 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 Jane Mukira of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2754 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Business Relations and Compliance: Percentage of contract dollars awarded to LSBs 2526.8252525
Percent of LSBs who apply for LSB certification and are certified56.5%64.6%60%60%60%
Number of LSBs who apply for LSB certification and are certified599676720760800
Percent of County contract dollars that are awarded to certified MFD vendors (measured against County goals for each category)23%23.5%23%23%23%
Value of County contracts awarded to local small businesses ($s)93,408115,362100,000100,000100,000
Percent of registered vendors that are certified MFD-owned businesses4.85%4.21%5%5%5%
Enforcement: Number of instances that employees/workers are found to be underpaid under the Wage Requirements Law (WRL)952101010
Enforcement: Number of instances that employees/workers are found to be underpaid under the Prevailing Wage Law (PWL)18584505050
Enforcement: Dollars returned to workers as result of enforcement actions taken by Procurement$190,600$27,334$50,000$50,000$50,000
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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved9625615.50
Add: New Program Manager I Position (Bill 6-18)883591.00
Increase Cost: Reclass Program Specialist II to Program Manager I138160.00
Increase Cost: Contract Costs24000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.361730.00
FY20 Recommended11033096.50