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Program Description

  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, and the Federal government. Staff analyzes and evaluates legislation before the Maryland General Assembly and prepares written comments and testimony. Staff also analyzes County department requests for legislation and participates in the drafting of legislation or amendments. IGR serves as the liaison to the County's Congressional delegation which is represented by three House members and two Senators serving on key authorization and appropriations committees. Staff works collaboratively with County departments and Council on developing policy priorities and project requests for federal discretionary funding that could be advanced as earmarks by the Congressional delegation in annual appropriations bills. IGR also advocates on federal policies and legislation of interest to the County and pursues opportunities for Congressional delegation support for federal grant funding sought by County departments.

Program Contacts

Contact Wanda Wells of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations at 240.777.6550 or Katherine Bryant-Higgins of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2764 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY21Actual FY22Estimated FY23Target FY24Target FY25
Number of bills for which a County fiscal estimate was requested by the State Department of Legislative Services 1555476526526526
Number of formal position statements prepared146207176176176
Percent of State legislative package where Intergovernmental Relations position prevailed100%100%100%100%100%
Percent of State priorities fully realized100%80%100%100%100%
Total direct State aid ($ millions) 2$901$931$985$985$985
Total State retirement payments ($ millions)$171$175$166$166$166
1  Projections are based on the mathematical average of the last three years' actual figures.
2  Flat projections

Program Budget Changes

FY24 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY23 Approved10756875.30
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.134090.00
FY24 Recommended10890965.30