Office of the County Attorney (OCA)

What the Department Does
 The Office of the County Attorney enables County Government to carry out its policies and operations in a manner that minimizes legal and economic risk; and complies with applicable federal, state, and local regulation; and provides legal services to County Government, primarily litigation, that promote public safety, health, and welfare.

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 OCA agreement, at the heart of which are the three performance measures shown in the graphs below.

Workers compensation – County Savings (Amount Sought versus Amount Paid)
The greater the difference over the split is an indication of the effectiveness of the Office’s legal advocacy.
Debt Collection – Ratio of Amount Collected to Amount Owed
Tracks the effectiveness of OCA's debt collection activities.

Percentage of Self Insurance Funds Cases Won
Attorneys in the Division of Insurance Litigation provide legal defense for cases involving Montgomery County and fourteen local government Self-Insurance Fund participants (including such entities as the Montgomery County Board of Education, City of Rockville, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery College and the Housing Opportunities Commission) and all of their employees.

Department Performance Measures 

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 Department of Permitting Services. 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)

Approved Budget 

Click on the chart to explore how OCA's programs and funding.