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Program Description


The Office of the Director provides for overall management of departmental programs to ensure safe and efficient operations, including contract administration management for the department, continuity of operations, oversight of operational programs at the County's Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS), and communications and public engagement.

The Office provides strategic direction and support on IT systems and infrastructure for departmental operations and programs, oversees the human resources, contract management, and communication and engagement activities. The Office provides for management of partnerships with multiple County departments with which the department cooperates, including Permitting Services, Transportation, and General Services, as well as external groups including faith-based institutions, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the Washington Suburban Sanitary.

The Office is responsible for operating and capital budget development, revenue generation from the Water Quality Protection Charge and Solid Waste Fees, and overall financial management. DEP's programs and operations are funded through the General Fund, the Water Quality Protection Fund and the Solid Waste Enterprise Funds.

The work includes the following focus areas:

  • Maintain all funds in a financially prudent manner and maintain structural stability given the responsibilities and risks associated with all programs and operations.
  • Develop and evaluate capital and operating budgets in a strategic and economically responsible manner.
  • Perform detailed financial analysis during the annual rate calculation process for a more equitable rate structure, structural stability, budget flexibility, and financial risk mitigation.
  • Review and develop policies and procedures that strengthen internal controls.
  • Collaborate with organization stakeholders using metrics that assess the strategic health of the business, the alignment of programs with the business strategy, and the balance of the program relative to business needs.
  • Use quantitative and financial models and forecasting tools to analyze the fiscal impact of proposed strategic changes. Assist with execution of procurement actions on a timely basis and at the best possible value.
  • Facilitate funding for the maintenance of computer/automation equipment, and related technologies in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
  • The DEP Communications team is responsible for increasing media hits, growing our social media audience, improving the DEP web experience, and reaching new and diverse audiences through public engagement.

Program Contacts

Contact Vicky Wan of the Department of Environmental Protection at 240.777.7722 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved19356939.70
Shift: Move Position from Gneral Fund to Water Quality Protection Fund758650.50
Increase Cost: Three Percent Inflationary Adjustment to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts115090.00
Increase Cost: Arlington ACCS contract17310.00
Re-align: Elimination of Long-Term Vacancy (General Fund)-51053-0.40
Re-align: Elimination of Long-Term Vacancy (Water Quality Protection Fund)-51053-0.40
Shift: Realign Positions Based on Workload-188678-1.25
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.3111700.90
FY25 Recommended20451849.05