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Program Description

  Administration

The Administration Program provides oversight, leadership, management, and supervision to accomplish the Department's mission. The Administration Program includes the Department's senior management, the Director's Office and staff, as well as business and information technology services, communications and outreach, facility planning, asset replacement, and fixed-cost management.

The Business Services and Information Technology Teams provide key infrastructure and support to the Department's operations. The Business Services Team provides human resource management, procurement and contracting services, budget and financial administration, and customer services. The Information Technology Team assures availability and efficiency of technical tools, equipment and interfaces, responds to help tickets from the Department's centers and other satellite locations, and delivers training related to the Department's business operations software. Both teams collaborate with agencies of County government, community, and other partners, to address the needs of internal and external constituencies.

The Administration Program includes development and management of the Department's capital improvement projects, and plans and implements the lifecycle asset replacement activities to protect the Department's investments and assure efficient, reliable operations of all facilities and equipment in service to County residents. The Program also includes fixed costs associated with utilities, property insurance, Workers' Compensation Insurance, and community grants. This Program also includes Communications and Public Outreach, which supports marketing of, and media relations concerning, all recreation and leisure activities in collaboration with the County's Public Information Office (PIO), Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), and Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF). Outreach activities include summer camps and employment fairs, holiday events and commemorations, and coordination of visits from local, State and Federal dignitaries and agencies as requested.

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Program Contacts

Contact Traci Anderson of the Department of Recreation at 240.777.6801 or Shantee Jackson of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2751 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 administrative services transactions 120,3859,13522,00022,00022,000
Number of human resources transactions 21,5797601,6001,7001,700
Number of seasonal employees 32,1401,9881,9001,9001,900
Percent of allocated recreation financial assistance dollars used 490.0%29.6%65.0%80.0%90.0%
1  Recreation Administrative Transactions include a variety of complex processes such as contract administration, proposal development, and solicitations. In FY20, changes and trends in the number of transactions were related to the extension of wellness passes to MCPS employees, as well as adjustments in services due to COVID-19. Despite the pandemic the Department has continued some programs, which have been a lifeline for the well-being of people who live in the County. The reduced volume of FY21 transactions is related to limitations on the numbers of recreation-specific activities, programs, and services provided due to COVID-19 restrictions. During this period, Department operations were limited to small numbers of programs at pools, virtual programs, and limited outdoor classes. The projected increase is based on expected restoration of programming to FY20 service levels, expansion of Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB) program sites, and implementation of the Youth Sports Initiative.
2  In addition to hiring a high volume of seasonal staff, as part of the Department's safety plan, REC conducts background checks for staff, volunteers, coaches, youth services providers, non-profit partners, and contractors. Despite the pandemic the Department has continued some programs, which have been a lifeline for the well-being of people who live in the County. The reduced volume FY 21 transactions reflect limitations on Departmental operations, as community recreation centers and senior centers were closed for 10 months during the closed period and operating on a limited basis thereafter. Aquatics services remained open via a reservation system throughout this time, and there were COVID-19 restrictions, which impacted the delivery of recreation-specific programs. The projected increase is based on staffing needs associated with the expected restoration of programming to FY20 service levels, expansion of Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB) program sites, and implementation of the Youth Sports Initiative.
3  Despite the pandemic the Department has continued some programs, which have been a lifeline for the well-being of people who live in the County. FY21 changes reflect reductions in hiring and related activities, due to COVID-19 pandemic.
4  Dollars used vs dollars allocated FY20 and FY21 changes and trends are largely due to COVID-19 safety related cancellations, closures, and restrictions. Despite the pandemic the Department has continued some programs, which have been a lifeline for the well-being of people who live in the County. FY21 changes in the financial dollars used reflects limitations on the numbers of recreation-specific activities, programs, and services provided dur to COVID-19 pandemic.
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Program Budget Changes

FY23 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved1017110537.73
Enhance: Contract Management and Human Resources Support1524562.00
Enhance: Communications Support864221.00
Enhance: Out-of-School-Time Programming: RecZone High School Program Support813941.00
Technical Adj: Personnel Costs Charged to Capital Fund-71152-0.50
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.14219204.20
FY23 Recommended1184214545.43