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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Human Rights is to enforce the County's worker protection laws and anti-discrimination laws in housing, commercial real estate, employment, public accommodations, and intimidation; the Office also promotes the increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY22 Operating Budget for the Office of Human Rights is $1,772,307, an increase of $387,615 or 27.99 percent from the FY21 Approved Budget of $1,384,692. Personnel Costs comprise 82.79 percent of the budget for 11 full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 11.60 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 17.21 percent of the FY22 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • Thriving Youth and Families

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Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY21 estimates reflect funding based on the FY21 approved budget. The FY22 and FY23 figures are performance targets based on the FY22 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY23.

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Initiatives

  • Advance racial equity and social justice through the creation of two Investigator positions in the Office of Human Rights.
  • Provide funding for education and outreach campaigns in support of racial equity and social justice in addition to support of Council Bill 35-20, Human Rights and Civil Liberties -Fair Criminal Record Screen Standards - Amendments and Bill 49-20, Human Rights and Civil Liberties - Discrimination in Rental Housing - Fair Criminal History and Credit Screenings (Housing Justice Act).

Program Descriptions

  Compliance

This program investigates and resolves formal complaints of worker protection violations and discrimination in employment, housing, commercial and residential real estate transactions, public accommodations, and intimidations through a formal complaint process or mediation....

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  Community Mediation and Public Affairs

This program supports and promotes the Human Rights Commission and Committee Against Hate Violence, Interagency Fair Housing Coordinating Group, and the Commission on Reconciliation and Remembrance in their outreach and education efforts; participates in or in partnership with other local, State, and Federal offices; and conducts various forums to promote...

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  Fair Housing

This program monitors the County's Fair Housing Ordinance through the Interagency Fair Housing Work Group in order to coordinate the activity of County departments, offices, and agencies to prevent housing discrimination; and to perform testing of housing providers. The Office investigates and seeks to resolve housing discrimination complaints....

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  Administration

This program provides overall direction of the office, administration of the budget, personnel, procurement, automation, and support services. Also provided in this program is funding for human relations awards and programs....

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact James Stowe of the Office of Human Rights at 240.777.8490 or Phil Weeda of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY20
Budget
FY21
Estimate
FY21
Approved
FY22
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages900042.00975568.00 853968.00 1164726.0019.4
Employee Benefits259836.00271999.00 236344.00 302568.0011.2
County General Fund Personnel Costs1159878.001247567.00 1090312.00 1467294.0017.6
Operating Expenses150751.00137125.00 71783.00 305013.00122.4
County General Fund Expenditures1310629.001384692.00 1162095.00 1772307.0028.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time8.009.00 9.00 11.0022.2
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs8.609.60 9.60 11.6020.8
REVENUES
EEOC Reimbursement0.0059200.00 59200.00 59200.000.0
County General Fund Revenues0.0059200.00 59200.00 59200.000.0
FY22 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION13846929.60
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Investigator II Positions [Compliance]1586212.00
Increase Cost: Education and Outreach Campaign [Administration]1540000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY21 Lapsed Positions250390.00
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment202930.00
Increase Cost: Multilingual Pay and Overtime [Compliance]141600.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment81710.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment27470.00
Increase Cost: Biennial Hall of Fame Event [Administration]25000.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment14430.00
Increase Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment6410.00
FY22 APPROVED177230711.60
Program Summary
Program NameFY21 APPR
Expenditures
FY21 APPR
FTEs
FY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
Administration2465981.004882261.00
Community Mediation and Public Affairs483910.50484400.50
Compliance9184916.0010405428.00
Fair Housing1712122.101950992.10
Total13846929.60177230711.60
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY22FY23FY24FY25FY26FY27
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY22 Approved1772.0000001772.0000001772.0000001772.0000001772.0000001772.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY220.00000050.00000050.00000050.00000050.00000050.000000
New positions in the FY22 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY220.000000-8.000000-8.000000-8.000000-8.000000-8.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY22, including (fill in major item names based on your Competition List), will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Biennial Hall of Fame Event0.000000-3.0000000.000000-3.0000000.000000-3.000000
This Biennial event recognizes Montgomery County residents who have made personal sacrifices that positively impacted County human rights issues.
Education & Outreach Campaign {Bills 35-20 and 49-20} 0.000000-154.000000-154.000000-154.000000-154.000000-154.000000
Labor Contracts0.00000021.00000021.00000021.00000021.00000021.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1772.0000001677.0000001680.0000001677.0000001680.0000001677.000000