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Program Description

  Intergovernmental Relations

The Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR) 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. OIR 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. OIR 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.

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Program Contacts

Contact Wanda Wells of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations at 240.777.6550 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 FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Number of bills for which a County fiscal estimate was requested by the State Department of Legislative Services 1548555540540540
Number of formal position statements prepared 2174146208208208
Percent of State legislative package where Intergovernmental Relations position prevailed100%100%100%100%100%
Percent of State priorities fully realized100%100%100%100%100%
Total direct State aid ($ millions) 3$856$901$931$931$931
Total State retirement payments ($ millions)$177$171$175$175$175
1  Projections are based on the mathematical average of the last three years' actual figures.
2  Projections are based on the mathematical average of the last three years' numbers rounded to the nearest 5. The number of formal position statements decreased in FY20 due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the 2020 General Assembly Session adjourned March 18, 2020. It was scheduled to end April 6, 2020.
3  Flat Projections
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Program Budget Changes

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved10912875.30
Eliminate: Elimination of White Oak Reuse Grant-153350.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-2650.00
FY23 Approved10756875.30