Office of the Executive Director (OED)
The Executive Director of the Department of Legislative
Services has overall responsibility and ultimate authority for the
administration of the department and provides overall direction for its
functions and activities. Several activities fall within the purview of OED.
Additionally, the office is responsible for coordinating a new legislators'
orientation at the beginning of each new four-year term. This office is also
responsible for coordinating the work of the Joint Committee to Select the
Treasurer every four years. The position of Counsel to the Joint Committee on
Legislative Ethics, which functions as Ethics Advisor to the General Assembly,
falls under OED. Finally, reapportionment, which occurs after the U.S. census
every 10 years, requires redistricting in the State. OED is responsible for
oversight of legislative and congressional redistricting.
The General Assembly employs a full-time Ethics Counsel who
is responsible for advising legislators regarding the applications of the
Ethics Law. Each member is required by law to meet individually with the
Ethics Counsel at least once a year.
The relationship between the Ethics Counsel and each member
is one of attorney and client, and all communications are confidential unless
the member chooses to make them public. If a complaint is filed against a
legislator, the Ethics Counsel may not participate in the investigation or any
activities of a prosecutorial nature.
The Ethics Counsel can provide advice (written or oral)
about any aspect of the Ethics Law. Additionally, the Ethics Counsel can
assist a member in preparing a request for a formal opinion of the Joint Ethics
The Director of Administration performs services related to
administration, finance, human resources, and document management (data entry,
proofreading, graphic design, and printing) for both the department and the
General Assembly. Units under this unit are described below.
Finance & Administrative Services
This office manages all financial
services in the department and the General Assembly, including accounts payable
and receivable, budgeting, fiscal planning and reporting, procurement,
facilities management, and telecommunications. The office is also responsible
for mail pickup and delivery and distribution of legislative bills, hearing
schedules, and other legislative documents, as well as a subscription mailing
service, a customer "bin" pickup service, and a centralized FAX
Human Resources Office
The Human Resources Office is
responsible for personnel activities for the employees of the department and
for the Maryland General Assembly. Specific functions include recruitment,
retirement, training and orientation, benefits coordination, records processing,
payroll, and related activities required to maintain personnel services. During
the legislative session, the Human Resources Office serves approximately 1,100
employees. This unit advises management on pertinent employment issues, provides
guidance to employees regarding departmental procedures, and maintains
oversight of legal issues in the labor and employment area. This unit also
coordinates the General Assembly's page and intern programs that provide
opportunities for students from Maryland high schools and colleges to
participate in the work of the legislature.
Legislative Document Management
Legislative Document Management is
a multifaceted operation that produces all legislative documents, including
bills and other official documents of the General Assembly, as well as
departmental reports and materials. Responsibilities include data entry, proofreading,
graphic design, and the operation of a full service print shop.
SAP Technical Services
The SAP System is an integrated
interactive software system for managing financials, human resources, and
operations. The SAP Technical Services team provides technical support
primarily for Human Resources and Finance and Administrative Services, as well
as all SAP users in the Department of Legislative Services and the Maryland
General Assembly. The services provided include design, development,
maintenance, training, and support of the SAP Systems.