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. The Office of the Executive Director (OED) 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.
Several activities fall within the purview of OED. The
office staffs several legislative committees, including the joint Legislative
Policy Committee and the Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems.
Additionally, the office is responsible for coordinating 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 ten years, requires redistricting in the State. OED is responsible for
oversight of legislative and congressional redistricting.
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 service.
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
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.
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
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