Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
What the Department Does
The mission of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is to support and enhance the effective, efficient operation of County government, maintain the County's fiscal integrity and financial condition, and preserve the County's AAA bond rating by developing, implementing, and enforcing appropriate budgetary policies and procedures; providing accurate, timely, and objective information and recommendations to the County Executive, County departments, the County Council, and the general public; preparing and administering the operating and capital budgets in compliance with the County Charter, generally accepted accounting principles, and the policy agendas of elected officials; and ensuring that available resources are efficiently allocated and productively used.
Turn The Curve Performance Agreement Measures
Turn the Curve (TTC) is a straightforward method of problem-solving and strategic planning designed to identify ways of improving the services that the County provides to residents and other customers. It requires County departments and employees to look at problems through a different lens and go through a five-step process to identify innovative ways to improve the outcomes of the government's programs and initiatives. TTC leverages the experience and brainpower that already exists in the organization: Department directors and staff at all levels work together to develop new ways to approach their work.
Departments have completed an agreement with County leadership that formalized their TTC work. Below is a link to the complete OMB agreement, at the heart of which are the four performance measures shown in the graphs below.
Number of Instances of Public Engagement with Budget: In Person
Public budget forums in locations throughout the county allow residents the opportunity to interact with and provide input on the budget process, and OMB aims to increase this engagement.
Number of Instances of Public Engagement with Budget: Online
Residents have the opportunity to interact with the county's budget through the Open Budget portal, online public engagement tools, and social media.
Percent of Departments with Actual Expenditures within 95-100% of Budget
OMB tracks departments' year to date expenditures at the close of the second and third quarters to ensure fiscal discipline and monitor whether budgets are properly aligned with actual spending.
Percent of Staff Satisfied with the Usefulness of OMB IT systens
Much of the work done by department staff across the organization related to budgeting relies on technology. OMB is committed to improving its systems to create a better, more efficient experience for department users.
Montgomery County departments are broken out into discrete programs for the purposes of Outcome Based Budgeting. A program is an activity or set of activities performed by County government that has:
- identifiable costs for budgeting purposes
- a clear public purpose and measurable results, and
- clear lines of accountability for its performance and financial management
It is said that the “story of the program” can be conveyed in five or fewer performance measures. The following are the performance measures for programs within the Office of Management and Budget. In our performance framework there are three categories of measures:
- How much did we do? (quantity)
- How well did we do it? (quality)
- Is anyone better off? (effect or impact)
Click on the chart to explore OMB's programs and expenditures.