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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations is to represent County interests at the regional, State, and Federal levels to: prepare the annual State Legislative Program; prepare the annual Federal priorities request; and to be the liaison with State government and the State and Congressional delegations. The Office of Intergovernmental Relations is the lead Executive Branch agency representing the County in the Maryland Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties. The work of the office is guided by the fundamental vision of a more equitable and inclusive Montgomery County.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY25 Operating Budget for the Office of Intergovernmental Relations is $1,010,462, an increase of $54,074 or 5.65 percent from the FY24 Approved Budget of $956,388. Personnel Costs comprise 88.42 percent of the budget for four full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 4.30 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 11.58 percent of the FY25 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • A Growing Economy
  • A Greener County
  • Easier Commutes
  • An Affordable, Welcoming County for a Lifetime
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable). The FY24 estimates reflect funding based on the FY24 approved budget. The FY25 and FY26 figures are performance targets based on the FY25 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY26.

MeasureActual
FY22
Actual
FY23
Estimated
FY24
Target
FY25
Target
FY26
Number of bills for which a County fiscal estimate was requested by the State Department of Legislative Services 1476232421421421
Number of formal position statements prepared207213190190190
Percent of State legislative package where Intergovernmental Relations position prevailed100%100%100%
Percent of State priorities fully realized80%88%100%
Total direct State aid ($ millions)$931$999$1,078
Total State retirement payments ($ millions)$175$166$174
1  Projections are based on the mathematical average of the last three years' actual figures.
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Initiatives

  • Continue to enhance collaboration with the County Executive, County Council, County departments, independent agencies (Montgomery County Public Schools, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Montgomery County Revenue Authority, Montgomery College, Housing Opportunities Commission), and various Boards, Committees, and Commissions to enhance (1) the process for developing federal and State priorities to maximize opportunities; and (2) federal and State advocacy efforts regarding legal, legislative, fiscal, and regulatory matters.
  • Continue to enhance the Office of Intergovernmental Relations' new Legislative Tracking System (Engagifii) that was implemented for the 2023 legislative session, to maximize its workflow management and public information capabilities.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Narrowed the types of requests for information made by the Office of Intergovernmental Relations to Executive and Legislative staff to lessen the workload of legislation-related policy and fiscal informational requests.
  • Continued to strengthen collaboration between the County and the Congressional Delegation to establish a more efficient process to secure federal earmarks.
  • Continued to enhance outreach and training for Executive and Legislative staff liaisons, regarding the new Legislative Tracking System (Engagifii), to maximize opportunities for higher level collaboration and efficiency.

Program Descriptions

  Intergovernmental Relations

The Office of Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) advocates on behalf of the County before the Maryland General Assembly, Governor, and State administrative agencies, task forces, and committees. It responds to legislation, regulations, or other policy issues involving nearby counties and states, municipalities within the County, regional agencies, the District of Columbia,...

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Program Contacts

Contact Wanda Wells of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations at 240.777.6550 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY23
Budget
FY24
Estimate
FY24
Recommended
FY25
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages688671.00658243.00 727705.00 729103.0010.8
Employee Benefits133905.00181150.00 130442.00 164309.00-9.3
County General Fund Personnel Costs822576.00839393.00 858147.00 893412.006.4
Operating Expenses-65501.00116995.00 -66289.00 117050.000.1
County General Fund Expenditures757075.00956388.00 791858.00 1010462.005.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time5.005.00 5.00 4.00-20.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs5.305.30 5.30 4.30-18.9
County General Fund Revenues0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures757075.00956388.00 791858.00 1010462.005.7
Total Full-Time Positions5.005.00 5.00 4.00-20.0
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs5.305.30 5.30 4.30-18.9
Total Revenues0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FY25 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY24 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION9563885.30
Changes (with service impacts)
Eliminate: Long-Term Vacancy [Intergovernmental Relations]-142691-1.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Restore: Restoration of One Time Lapse [Intergovernmental Relations]1327180.00
Increase Cost: FY25 Compensation Adjustment298810.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY24 Compensation Increases250120.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY24 Personnel Costs97740.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail550.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-6750.00
FY25 RECOMMENDED10104624.30
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY25FY26FY27FY28FY29FY30
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY25 Recommended1010.0000001010.0000001010.0000001010.0000001010.0000001010.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000010.00000010.00000010.00000010.00000010.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1010.0000001020.0000001020.0000001020.0000001020.0000001020.000000