[photo, County Administration Building, Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland] The Chief Administrative Officer manages the day to day operation of County government, and coordinates efforts among its agencies. Assisted by the Office of Management and Budget, the Chief Administrative Officer creates the County's annual operating budget, and presents it to the County Council.

Reporting directly to the Chief Administrative Officer are the Revenue Authority and five offices: Central Services; Finance; Human Resources Management; Information Technology and Communications; and Management and Budget. Assisting the Chief Administrative Officer is the Board of Ethics.

County Administration Building, Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, October 2007. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

[photo, Clock at County Administration Building, Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland] OFFICE OF CENTRAL SERVICES
Procuring and managing facilities and contracts, the Office of Central Services secures administrative and construction services to meet the needs of County government. The Office oversees the County's real estate, and fleet management.

The Office works through six divisions: Contract Administration and Procurement, Facilities Operation and Management, Fleet Management, General Services, Land Acquisition and Real Property, and Supplier Development and Diversity (County Charter, Art. VI, secs. 601 through 607; County Code, secs. 10A-101 through 10A-159).

Clock at County Administration Building, Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, April 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

The Office of Ethics and Accountability was created in 2012 (County Code, secs. 2-298 through 2-309).

Overseeing County fiscal assets, the Office of Finance is responsible for the collection and disbursement of all State and County tax revenue. Financial records for County government agencies are maintained by the Office, which reports on financial matters to the County Executive and County Council (County Charter, Art. VIII, secs. 801 through 824; County Code, secs. 10-101 through 10-290).

The Office of Human Resources Management oversees the hiring practices of County government agencies, seeing that State and County employment practice laws are enforced. The Office posts position openings, oversees orientation and training, negotiates on behalf of the County in collective bargaining, sets County contract wage requirements, and manages benefits and pensions. In addition, the Office serves as mediator in employee disputes. If mediation breaks down, and does not involve collective bargaining, cases may be appealed to the Personnel Board (County Charter, Art. IX, secs. 901 through 909, Art. X, sec. 1009).

The the Office of Information Technology began as a division under the Office of Management and Budget. It was restructured in 2000 as the Office of Information Technology and Communications, a separate office directly under the Chief Administrative Officer. It assumed its current name in March 2012.

For County government agencies, the Office provides digital hardware and software. Programs developed and supported by the Office provide public access to County services and information, upgrade County government communication and computer systems, and procure independent providers to supplement County systems. The Office also oversees the County’s Geographic Information Systems, advises the Cable Television Commission, and develops and updates the County's Technology Strategy Plan. This plan examines current communication and technology needs of the County, and devises programs to anticipate future needs.

The annual budget for County government is created by the Office of Management and Budget with the County Executive. On current government methods and procedures, the Office provides to the County Executive estimates of future County income and expenses, and advises on issues of policy and legislation. To set fiscal guidelines for County agencies, the Office also analyzes County revenues and expenditures (County Charter, Art. VIII, sec. 802).

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