AGENDA ITEM #11
April 17,2012
Action
MEMORANDUM
April 13, 2012
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Attorne~~
Membership
Action:
Bill 10-12, Community Action Board
Bill 10-12, Community Action Board - Membership, sponsored by the Council President at the
request of the County Executive was introduced on March 6, 2012. A public hearing' was held on
March 27 (see testimony on ©9).
Under current law, the Board must have between 27 and 39 members. Bill 10-12 would reduce
the size of the Board to between 15 and 24 members. The Board would retain its current
structure of
113
each low income, private organization and public official members. The
Executive has requested this legislation because of the difficulty in filling low-income and
private organization vacancies. Additionally, the Executive states that a smaller Board could
allow the Board to spend more time on its core mission (see
©4).
Council staff recommendation:
enact Bill 10-12.
This packet contains:
Bill 10-12
Legislative Request Report
Memo from County Executive
Fiscal and Economic Impact Statement
Public Hearing Testimony
Betty Lam, on behalf of the Executive
Walter Woods, Community Action Board
Circle #
1
3
4
5
9
10
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Bill No.
10-12
Concerning: Community Action Board ­
Membership
Introduced:
March 6,2012
Expires:
September 6, 2013
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _
~
_ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date:
....!N.!.lo:::.!..n~e
_ _ _ _ __
ChI _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council President at the Request ofthe County Executive
AN ACT to:
(1)
(2)
alter the size of the Community Action Board; and
generally amend County law regarding the Community Action Board
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 27, Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Section 27-41
Boldface
Underlining
[Single boldface brackets]
Double underlining
[[Double boldface brackets]]
* * *
Heading or defined term,
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL
No. 10-12
1
Sec. 1.
Section 27-41 is amended as follows:
2
27-41. Creation and organization.
3
4
5
*
(c)
*
*
Board-Composition; membership.
(1) The Community Action Board consists of not more than [39]
24 nor less than [27]
12
members.
6
7
8
*
Approved:
*
*
9
10
11
Roger Berliner, President, County Council
Date
12
13
Approved:
14
15
Leggett, County Executive
Date
16
17
18
19
This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
Date
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 10-12
Community Action Board
-
Membership
DESCRIPTION:
PROBLEM:
Reduce the size of the Board but retain its current structure of 113
each low income, private organization and public official members.
It
has become increasingly difficult to fill low income and private
organization vacancies. Participation by low-income representatives
is required to avoid jeopardizing Montgomery County's Head Start
and Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funding.
To comply with the CSBG mandate to assure participation of its low-
income representatives and to create a more efficient, balanced Board
that can meet its voting quorum and focus on its mission rather than
on continual recruitment to fill vacancies.
Office of the County Executive
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Beth Gochrach, Offices of the County Executive.
To be researched.
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITIDN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENAL TIES:
Not applicable.
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OFFICES OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Isiah Leggett
County Executive
Timothy
L.
Firestine
Chief Administrative Qfficer
MEMORANDUM
January 26,2012
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Roger Berliner, President
Montgomery County Council
~~
Isiah Leggett, County
EXecutiV~e......;·",,-",-,
Bill to Reduce Size of Community Action Board
I am submitting, for the Council's consideration, a bill that would reduce the number
of members who serve on the Community Action Board. Under current law, the Board must contain
between 27 and 39 members with one-third representation each from low-income, private
organization, and public official members. The proposed bill would retain the one-third structure,
but lower the range ofmembership to between 15 and 24 members.
This change is necessary because it has become increasingly difficult to fill vacancies
in the Board's low-income and private organization membership. Low levels ofparticipation
by
these constituencies jeopardizes Montgomery County's Head Start and Community Services Block
Grant funding and the Board's ability to act swiftly on behalf of these programs.
A smaller Board will also allow the Board to spend more time on its core mission
and less time recruiting to fill the many vacancies. The current size of the Board often makes it
difficult for the Board to meet quorum requirements which also impedes its ability to do business.
Many other community action agencies function effectively with boards ofthe size
proposed in this legislation. For example, our neighbors
in
Frederick County have a I5-member
Board, while Fairfax County has a 30-member Board.
Thank
you for your consideration of this legislation.
Attachments
c: Uma S. Ahluwalia, Director, Department of Health and Human Services
Connie Latham, Special Assistant to the County Executive
Beth Gochrach, Office of the County Executive
10] Monroe Street· Rockville, Maryland 20850
240-777-2500 • 240-777-2544 TTY' 240·777-2518 FAX
www.montgomerycountymd.gov
montgomerycountymd.gov/311
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ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
MEMORANDUM
March 20, 2012
TO:
Roger Berliner, President, County Council
FROM:
Jennifer
A.
Hughes, Director, office
Joseph F. Beach. Director, Department ofFinance
~,J
Bill 10-12 - Community Action Board - Membership
ofMBnagem~BU~
sUBmcr:
Attached please fmd the fiscal and economic impact statements for the above­
referenced legislation.
JAH:ps
c: Kathleen Boucher, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices of the County Executive
loy
Nunni. Special Assistant to the County Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Infonnation Office
Alex Espinosa. Office ofManagement and Budget
Beryl Feinberg, Office ofManagement and Budget
Pofen Salem, Office of Management and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office ofManagement and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Council Bill 10-12 - Community Action Board - Membership
1. Legislative Summary.
This legislation proposes to reduce the size of the Community Action Board by lowering
the range ofmembership to between 15 and 24 members from between 27 and 39
members. The board composition will retain its current structure of one-third
(1/3)
of
each category of: low income, private organization, and public official members.
2. An estimate of changes in County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether
the revenues or expenditures are assumed in the recommended or approved budget.
Includes source of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
The Community Action Board does not generate
any
revenue. No change in expenditures
is anticipated as a result of
this
legislation.
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years.
The general
fund
expenditure allocation for the Community Action Board has been
$2,150 for each of the last ten years. It is expected that expenditures will not change for
the next
six
fiscal years. There
are
no revenues associated
with
the Community Action
Board.
4.
An
actoarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would
affect retiree pension or group insurance costs.
Not applicable. There are no personnel costs associated with this bill.
5. Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures
if
the bill authorizes
future spending.
Not applicable. This bill does not authorize future spending.
6. An estimate of the staff time needed to implement the bill.
Not applicable.
7. An explanation of how the addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other
duties.
Not applicable. This bill
will
not increase staff responsibilities.
8. An estimate of costs when an additional appropriation is needed.
Not applicable.
9. A description of any variable that could affect revenue and cost estimates.
Not applicable.
10. Ranges of revenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to projed.
Not applicable.
1
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11.
If
a bID is likely to have no fiscal impact, why that
is
the case.
Since the board does not generate any revenue and expenditures are not anticipated to
change (regardless of membership c-eunt), this legislation is unlikely to produce any fiscal
impact
12.
Other fiscal impacts or comments.
None.
13. The following contributed to and concurred with this analysis:
Patricia Stromberg, Department ofHealth and Human Service
Sharon Strauss, Department ofHealth. and Human Service
Patricia Brennan, Department ofHealth and Human Service
Pofen Salem, Office ofManagement and Budget·
Beryl Feinberg; 'Office ofManagement and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office ofManagement and Budget
2
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Economic Impact Statement
Council Bill 10-12, Community Action Board - Membership
Background:
Under current law, the Conununity Action Board (Board).must have between twenty­
seven
(27)
and
thirty-nine
(39)
members. This legislation would reduce that
size
to
between fifteen
(15)
and twenty-four
(24)
members. The legislation does not affect the
current structure ofthe Board: one-third
(1/3)
from low incqme, private organizations,
and public officials. The legislation addresses the difficulty in filling low-income
members and membership from private organizations. The legislation attempts to
comply with the
Co~unity
Services Block Grant (CSBG) mandate to assure
participation by low-income meQ'lbers.
1.
The sources of
informatio~
assumptions, and methodologies
used.
Not <wplicable .
2. A description ofany variable that could affect the economic impact estimates.
Not applicable
3. The Bill's positive or negative effect, if any on employment, spending, saving,
investment, incomes, and property values in the County.
This legislation would have no economic impact. .
4.
If
a Bill is likely
to
have no economic impact, why
is
that the case?
This legislation would have no economic impact, as
it
is administrative
in
nature.
It
reduces the size ofthe current Board to between 15 and
27
members to assure
participation by low-income members and members from private organizations.
5. The following contributed to and concurred
with
this analysis: David Platt and Mike
Coveyou, Finance
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DEPAR1MENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Isiah Leggett
Uma S. Ahluwalia
County Executive
Director
Betty Lam,
Chief of the Office of Community Affairs
Department of Health and Human Services
Testimony in support of Bill 10-12
March 22, 2012
Good afternoon, Council President Berliner and Councilmembers. I am Betty Lam, chief of the
Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Community Affairs, which includes the
Community Action Agenc.y. I am here today on behalf of the County Executive to urge the County
Council to approve Bill 10-12 to reduce the size ofthe Community Action Board, which would
retain its federally required tripartite structure and assure equal representation among the Board's
public, private and low-income representative members. The amendment proposes to:
• Reduce the size of the board, but retain its tripartite structure of 1/3 each low income,
private organization and public official members.
• Reduce the number of unfilled low income and private organization vacancies on the board,
which has become increasingly difficult
to
fill due to changing demographics in the County,
and is essential to meet the federal CSBG requirement for Community Action Board, which
has an added requirement that its low-income representatives be democratically elected.
• Result in a more efficient balanced board that can meet its voting quorum and focus on its
mission rather than on continual recruitment to fill vacancies.
The County Executive's request supports the Board's effort to comply with its CSBG mandate to
assure participation of
its
low-income representatives, meeting federal CSBG Grant Review and
Assessment (GRA) requirements conducted by the Maryland's Department of Housing and
Community Development and meeting the federal monitoring review requirements for the
County's Head Start grant conducted by federally authorized review teams. The County Executive
believes this legislative change will help assure that all Community Action Board positions remain
full, preserving Montgomery County's Head Start and CSBG funding. while advancing the Board's
capacity to meet
its
governance responsibilities on behalf of these programs, administered by the
Department of Health
&
Human Services.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak today.
Office of Community Affairs
®
401 Hungerford Drive • Rockville, Maryland 20850 • 240-777-4513 • 240-777-1295 TIY • 240-777-1494 FAX
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/hhs
montgomerycountymd.gov/311
240-773-3556 TIY
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Walter Woods
Vice-Chair, Community Action Board
.Testimony
before the County Council
March 27, 2012
G'bod afternoon, President Berliner, and members of the County Council.
On behalf of the Montgomery County Community ActionBoard (or ({CAB")] it is my
pleasure to request your support to amend Montgomery County Code Sec. 27-41 to
reduce the size of the Montgomery County Community Action Board, while retaining
its federally
requir~d
tri-partite structure to assure equal representation among the
Board's public, private and low-income representative members.
The Board initiated support for this amendment last year, following federal reviews
which expressed concern about its current size.
.
.
As you know, Montgomery County Community Action Board was originally established
June
18,1968
as the Community Action Committee, following the passage of the
historic Economic Opportunity Act of
1964',
declaring "unconditional war on poverty."
.
.
Through its enabling legislation, the Community Action Board has responsibility to
oversee Community Action Agency programs to
//encourage the use of public and
private resources to enable low-income people to become self-sufficient; to reduce
poverty in the County; to involve the low-income population in developing and carrying
out anti-poverty programs in the County; and to make government more responsive to
the needs of low-income people.
II
Maintaining membership of its tripartite board structure is necessary for the
Community Action Board to meet its federally mandated governance responsibilities
for CommuQity Action's CSBG funded and HeadStart programs, WLth parent
representatives serving on the Head Start Policy Council and the Community Action
Board.
The Board'
5
responsibilities include oversight of $5.1 million dollars of Head Start and
CSBG funding
($4,576,115
federal Head Start grant; $106,959 Maryland Head Start
grant;
$459,782
CSBG grant).
In recent years, the Community Action Board has been challenged to {(fill" all of its
positions, especially amongits low-income representative sector.
.
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AGENDA ITEM #11
April 17,2012
Action
MEMORANDUM
April 13, 2012
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Attorne~~
Membership
Action:
Bill 10-12, Community Action Board
Bill 10-12, Community Action Board - Membership, sponsored by the Council President at the
request of the County Executive was introduced on March 6, 2012. A public hearing' was held on
March 27 (see testimony on ©9).
Under current law, the Board must have between 27 and 39 members. Bill 10-12 would reduce
the size of the Board to between 15 and 24 members. The Board would retain its current
structure of
113
each low income, private organization and public official members. The
Executive has requested this legislation because of the difficulty in filling low-income and
private organization vacancies. Additionally, the Executive states that a smaller Board could
allow the Board to spend more time on its core mission (see
©4).
Council staff recommendation:
enact Bill 10-12.
This packet contains:
Bill 10-12
Legislative Request Report
Memo from County Executive
Fiscal and Economic Impact Statement
Public Hearing Testimony
Betty Lam, on behalf of the Executive
Walter Woods, Community Action Board
Circle #
1
3
4
5
9
10
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Bill No.
10-12
Concerning: Community Action Board ­
Membership
Introduced:
March 6,2012
Expires:
September 6, 2013
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _
~
_ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date:
....!N.!.lo:::.!..n~e
_ _ _ _ __
ChI _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council President at the Request ofthe County Executive
AN ACT to:
(1)
(2)
alter the size of the Community Action Board; and
generally amend County law regarding the Community Action Board
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 27, Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Section 27-41
Boldface
Underlining
[Single boldface brackets]
Double underlining
[[Double boldface brackets]]
* * *
Heading or defined term,
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL
No. 10-12
1
Sec. 1.
Section 27-41 is amended as follows:
2
27-41. Creation and organization.
3
4
5
*
(c)
*
*
Board-Composition; membership.
(1) The Community Action Board consists of not more than [39]
24 nor less than [27]
12
members.
6
7
8
*
Approved:
*
*
9
10
11
Roger Berliner, President, County Council
Date
12
13
Approved:
14
15
Leggett, County Executive
Date
16
17
18
19
This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
Date
<D
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 10-12
Community Action Board
-
Membership
DESCRIPTION:
PROBLEM:
Reduce the size of the Board but retain its current structure of 113
each low income, private organization and public official members.
It
has become increasingly difficult to fill low income and private
organization vacancies. Participation by low-income representatives
is required to avoid jeopardizing Montgomery County's Head Start
and Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funding.
To comply with the CSBG mandate to assure participation of its low-
income representatives and to create a more efficient, balanced Board
that can meet its voting quorum and focus on its mission rather than
on continual recruitment to fill vacancies.
Office of the County Executive
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Beth Gochrach, Offices of the County Executive.
To be researched.
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITIDN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENAL TIES:
Not applicable.
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OFFICES OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Isiah Leggett
County Executive
Timothy
L.
Firestine
Chief Administrative Qfficer
MEMORANDUM
January 26,2012
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Roger Berliner, President
Montgomery County Council
~~
Isiah Leggett, County
EXecutiV~e......;·",,-",-,
Bill to Reduce Size of Community Action Board
I am submitting, for the Council's consideration, a bill that would reduce the number
of members who serve on the Community Action Board. Under current law, the Board must contain
between 27 and 39 members with one-third representation each from low-income, private
organization, and public official members. The proposed bill would retain the one-third structure,
but lower the range ofmembership to between 15 and 24 members.
This change is necessary because it has become increasingly difficult to fill vacancies
in the Board's low-income and private organization membership. Low levels ofparticipation
by
these constituencies jeopardizes Montgomery County's Head Start and Community Services Block
Grant funding and the Board's ability to act swiftly on behalf of these programs.
A smaller Board will also allow the Board to spend more time on its core mission
and less time recruiting to fill the many vacancies. The current size of the Board often makes it
difficult for the Board to meet quorum requirements which also impedes its ability to do business.
Many other community action agencies function effectively with boards ofthe size
proposed in this legislation. For example, our neighbors
in
Frederick County have a I5-member
Board, while Fairfax County has a 30-member Board.
Thank
you for your consideration of this legislation.
Attachments
c: Uma S. Ahluwalia, Director, Department of Health and Human Services
Connie Latham, Special Assistant to the County Executive
Beth Gochrach, Office of the County Executive
10] Monroe Street· Rockville, Maryland 20850
240-777-2500 • 240-777-2544 TTY' 240·777-2518 FAX
www.montgomerycountymd.gov
montgomerycountymd.gov/311
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ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
MEMORANDUM
March 20, 2012
TO:
Roger Berliner, President, County Council
FROM:
Jennifer
A.
Hughes, Director, office
Joseph F. Beach. Director, Department ofFinance
~,J
Bill 10-12 - Community Action Board - Membership
ofMBnagem~BU~
sUBmcr:
Attached please fmd the fiscal and economic impact statements for the above­
referenced legislation.
JAH:ps
c: Kathleen Boucher, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices of the County Executive
loy
Nunni. Special Assistant to the County Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Infonnation Office
Alex Espinosa. Office ofManagement and Budget
Beryl Feinberg, Office ofManagement and Budget
Pofen Salem, Office of Management and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office ofManagement and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Council Bill 10-12 - Community Action Board - Membership
1. Legislative Summary.
This legislation proposes to reduce the size of the Community Action Board by lowering
the range ofmembership to between 15 and 24 members from between 27 and 39
members. The board composition will retain its current structure of one-third
(1/3)
of
each category of: low income, private organization, and public official members.
2. An estimate of changes in County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether
the revenues or expenditures are assumed in the recommended or approved budget.
Includes source of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
The Community Action Board does not generate
any
revenue. No change in expenditures
is anticipated as a result of
this
legislation.
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years.
The general
fund
expenditure allocation for the Community Action Board has been
$2,150 for each of the last ten years. It is expected that expenditures will not change for
the next
six
fiscal years. There
are
no revenues associated
with
the Community Action
Board.
4.
An
actoarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would
affect retiree pension or group insurance costs.
Not applicable. There are no personnel costs associated with this bill.
5. Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures
if
the bill authorizes
future spending.
Not applicable. This bill does not authorize future spending.
6. An estimate of the staff time needed to implement the bill.
Not applicable.
7. An explanation of how the addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other
duties.
Not applicable. This bill
will
not increase staff responsibilities.
8. An estimate of costs when an additional appropriation is needed.
Not applicable.
9. A description of any variable that could affect revenue and cost estimates.
Not applicable.
10. Ranges of revenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to projed.
Not applicable.
1
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11.
If
a bID is likely to have no fiscal impact, why that
is
the case.
Since the board does not generate any revenue and expenditures are not anticipated to
change (regardless of membership c-eunt), this legislation is unlikely to produce any fiscal
impact
12.
Other fiscal impacts or comments.
None.
13. The following contributed to and concurred with this analysis:
Patricia Stromberg, Department ofHealth and Human Service
Sharon Strauss, Department ofHealth. and Human Service
Patricia Brennan, Department ofHealth and Human Service
Pofen Salem, Office ofManagement and Budget·
Beryl Feinberg; 'Office ofManagement and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office ofManagement and Budget
2
\.
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Economic Impact Statement
Council Bill 10-12, Community Action Board - Membership
Background:
Under current law, the Conununity Action Board (Board).must have between twenty­
seven
(27)
and
thirty-nine
(39)
members. This legislation would reduce that
size
to
between fifteen
(15)
and twenty-four
(24)
members. The legislation does not affect the
current structure ofthe Board: one-third
(1/3)
from low incqme, private organizations,
and public officials. The legislation addresses the difficulty in filling low-income
members and membership from private organizations. The legislation attempts to
comply with the
Co~unity
Services Block Grant (CSBG) mandate to assure
participation by low-income meQ'lbers.
1.
The sources of
informatio~
assumptions, and methodologies
used.
Not <wplicable .
2. A description ofany variable that could affect the economic impact estimates.
Not applicable
3. The Bill's positive or negative effect, if any on employment, spending, saving,
investment, incomes, and property values in the County.
This legislation would have no economic impact. .
4.
If
a Bill is likely
to
have no economic impact, why
is
that the case?
This legislation would have no economic impact, as
it
is administrative
in
nature.
It
reduces the size ofthe current Board to between 15 and
27
members to assure
participation by low-income members and members from private organizations.
5. The following contributed to and concurred
with
this analysis: David Platt and Mike
Coveyou, Finance
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DEPAR1MENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Isiah Leggett
Uma S. Ahluwalia
County Executive
Director
Betty Lam,
Chief of the Office of Community Affairs
Department of Health and Human Services
Testimony in support of Bill 10-12
March 22, 2012
Good afternoon, Council President Berliner and Councilmembers. I am Betty Lam, chief of the
Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Community Affairs, which includes the
Community Action Agenc.y. I am here today on behalf of the County Executive to urge the County
Council to approve Bill 10-12 to reduce the size ofthe Community Action Board, which would
retain its federally required tripartite structure and assure equal representation among the Board's
public, private and low-income representative members. The amendment proposes to:
• Reduce the size of the board, but retain its tripartite structure of 1/3 each low income,
private organization and public official members.
• Reduce the number of unfilled low income and private organization vacancies on the board,
which has become increasingly difficult
to
fill due to changing demographics in the County,
and is essential to meet the federal CSBG requirement for Community Action Board, which
has an added requirement that its low-income representatives be democratically elected.
• Result in a more efficient balanced board that can meet its voting quorum and focus on its
mission rather than on continual recruitment to fill vacancies.
The County Executive's request supports the Board's effort to comply with its CSBG mandate to
assure participation of
its
low-income representatives, meeting federal CSBG Grant Review and
Assessment (GRA) requirements conducted by the Maryland's Department of Housing and
Community Development and meeting the federal monitoring review requirements for the
County's Head Start grant conducted by federally authorized review teams. The County Executive
believes this legislative change will help assure that all Community Action Board positions remain
full, preserving Montgomery County's Head Start and CSBG funding. while advancing the Board's
capacity to meet
its
governance responsibilities on behalf of these programs, administered by the
Department of Health
&
Human Services.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak today.
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Walter Woods
Vice-Chair, Community Action Board
.Testimony
before the County Council
March 27, 2012
G'bod afternoon, President Berliner, and members of the County Council.
On behalf of the Montgomery County Community ActionBoard (or ({CAB")] it is my
pleasure to request your support to amend Montgomery County Code Sec. 27-41 to
reduce the size of the Montgomery County Community Action Board, while retaining
its federally
requir~d
tri-partite structure to assure equal representation among the
Board's public, private and low-income representative members.
The Board initiated support for this amendment last year, following federal reviews
which expressed concern about its current size.
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As you know, Montgomery County Community Action Board was originally established
June
18,1968
as the Community Action Committee, following the passage of the
historic Economic Opportunity Act of
1964',
declaring "unconditional war on poverty."
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Through its enabling legislation, the Community Action Board has responsibility to
oversee Community Action Agency programs to
//encourage the use of public and
private resources to enable low-income people to become self-sufficient; to reduce
poverty in the County; to involve the low-income population in developing and carrying
out anti-poverty programs in the County; and to make government more responsive to
the needs of low-income people.
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Maintaining membership of its tripartite board structure is necessary for the
Community Action Board to meet its federally mandated governance responsibilities
for CommuQity Action's CSBG funded and HeadStart programs, WLth parent
representatives serving on the Head Start Policy Council and the Community Action
Board.
The Board'
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responsibilities include oversight of $5.1 million dollars of Head Start and
CSBG funding
($4,576,115
federal Head Start grant; $106,959 Maryland Head Start
grant;
$459,782
CSBG grant).
In recent years, the Community Action Board has been challenged to {(fill" all of its
positions, especially amongits low-income representative sector.
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