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Joint Government Operations and Fiscal Policy and Health and Human Services Committee hold virtual meeting on June 16 at 1:30 p.m.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The joint Government Operations & Fiscal Policy (GO) and Health & Human Services (HHS) Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 16 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss Bill 36-19, which would establish an Office of Grants Management.

The members of the GO Committee include Chair Nancy Navarro and Councilmembers Andrew Friedson and Sidney Katz.

The members of the HHS Committee include Chair and Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz and Councilmembers Evan Glass (Lead for Homelessness & Vulnerable Communities) and Craig Rice.

Bill 36-19, Contracts and Procurement - Office of Grants Management - Established

Review: Introduced by lead sponsor Councilmember Navarro in 2019, the purpose of Bill 36-19 is to increase transparency, accountability and efficiency in grant processes by creating a central Office of Grants Management within the Executive branch.

The Office of Grants Management would develop consistent countywide policies and procedures regarding grants management, maintain a grants database available to the public and serve as a central point of contact and coordinating agency regarding grants that the County applies, receives or awards.

The bill would build upon work done in past years by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), together with Executive departments and Council staff, to move non-departmental grants under the purview of related departments.

Council President Hucker, Council Vice President Albornoz and Councilmembers Rice, Katz and Riemer are cosponsors of the Bill.

Those expected to attend and provide information from the OMB include Joshua Watters, budget manager and Rafael Murphy, fiscal and policy analyst.

The Committee meeting schedule may change from time to time. The current Council and Committee agendas, Council staff reports and additional information on items scheduled for Council review can be viewed at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html.

The virtual Council and Committee meetings will be streamed live on the Council’s web page via YouTube and on Facebook Live and can be watched on County Cable Montgomery on Xfinity/RCN 6 HD 996/1056, Fios 30, and on the CCM live stream. Release ID: 21-254
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Benjamin Sky Brandt 240-777-7884