The mission of the Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) is to provide accurate information, analysis, and independent findings and recommendations that help the County Council fulfill its legislative oversight function. Legislative oversight is the process by which a legislative body monitors the performance of publicly-funded activities and applies this knowledge to its primary functions of enacting laws, establishing public policy, approving budgets, and raising revenues.
Annual Work Program
OLO staff conduct program evaluations, budget analyses, audits, investigations, and other special studies. OLO receives it assignments from the nine elected members of the County Council, which annually adopt a Council Resolution that sets forth the Work Program for the office. For each assignment, OLO prepares a written report that provides information.
In 1975, the County Council enacted legislation (Bill 25-75) to establish the Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO). The legislation, which outlines the powers, duties, and general practices of the office, is codified as County Code Chapter 29A. Consistent with County law, the OLO Director is a non-merit appointee of the County Council. The Director is appointed to a four-year term that begins in the second year of each four-year Council term.
OLO can be reached at OLO@montgomerycountymd.gov
OLO's staffing consists of:
|Chris Cihlar, Ph.D., Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Elaine Bonner-Tompkins,Ph.D., Senior Legislative Analystemail@example.com|
|Carl Scruggs, Research Associatefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Natalia Carrizosa, Legislative Analystemail@example.com|
|Craig Howard, Senior Legislative Analystfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kristen Latham, Legislative Analystemail@example.com|
|Sue Richards, Senior Legislative Analystfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kelli Robinson, Administrative Specialistemail@example.com|
|Leslie Rubin, Senior Legislative Analystfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Aron Trombka, Senior Legislative Analystemail@example.com|
|Stephanie Bryant, Legislative Analyst||Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org|
Interactive Fiscal Plan
The County Council annually approves a Fiscal Plan that projects operating budget revenue and expenditure for the upcoming six fiscal years. The “Interactive Fiscal Plan” allows users to input alternative assumptions into the Fiscal Plan in order to better understand the relationship among budget elements and to explore alternative approaches to balancing the budget.
The current version of the model is for the Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Approved Fiscal Plan with December 2014 updated revenue projections.
With your help, we hope to test the functionality and usefulness of the model. Please send comments to: Office Of Legislative Oversight