Institution Spotlight: Prince George's County Council Standing Committees
Today CLPA highlights the five Standing Committees of the Prince George's County Council. In 2016, the Council added two new At-Large seats, which expanded the Council from nine to eleven members. In an effort to accommodate the new Members, the Council voted to increase the number of standing committees from five to six in 2018.
The Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Committee is responsible for issues that relate to: the Board of Education (BOE), Prince George's Community College, Prince George's County Libraries, Workforce Development (Employ Prince George's), and Youth @ Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (OHRM). This Committee also oversees the Board of Library Trustees. The EWD is led by Chair Sydney Harrison and Vice-Chair Deni Taveras.
Led by Chair Rodney Streeter and Vice-Chair Derrick Davis, the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GOFP) Committee, as its name suggests, is responsible for overseeing how the Prince George's County government operates and approving budget amendments.
Under its broad umbrella, the GOFP is responsible for the following issues and agencies, Boards, and Commissions:
Office of Central Services (OCS):
Industrial Development Authority (IDA)
Supplier Development and Diversity Division (SDDD)
Office of Community Relations
Board of Elections
Office of Ethics and Accountability
Office of Finance
Human Relations Commission
Board of License Commissioners
Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM)
Office of Information Technology (OIT)
Office of Law
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Revenue Authority (Parking Authority)
Board of Ethics
Spending Affordability Committee
Cable Television Commission
The Health, Human Services, and Public Safety (HHSPS) Committee, led by Chair Calvin Hawkins and Vice-Chair Sydney Harrison, is responsible for managing healthcare, social services, and criminal justice issues in the County. Specifically, HHSPS is responsible for: Family Services, Health, Social Services, Police and CCOP, Sheriff's Office, State's Attorney, Circuit Court & Orphan's Court, Corrections, Fire/EMS Department/Volunteer Fire, and Homeland Security.
The HHSPS is responsible for the following issues and agencies, Boards, and Commissions:
Board of Social Services
Commission for Individuals with Disabilities
Advisory Committee on Aging
Commission for Veterans
Commission for Women
Mental Health Advisory Committee
Commission for Children
Youth and Families
Arts and Humanities Council
Adult Public Guardianship Review Board
Commission on Fathers, Men, and Boys
The Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee is led by Chair Dannielle Glaros and Vice-Chair Sydney Harrison. They oversee the implementation and management of Prince George's County's housing programs and economic programs. In addition, they deal with issues related to Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and Zoning.
The PHED is responsible for the following issues and agencies, Boards, and Commissions:
People's Zoning Counsel
Economic Development Corp. & FSC First
TIF, PILOT, and EDI – Economic Development Incentives
Conference and Visitors Bureau
Housing & Redevelopment Authority (DHCD)
Revenue Authority (development projects only)
Dept. of Permitting, Inspections & Enforcement (DPIE)
Commission on Common Ownership Communities
Historic Preservation Commission
Nuisance Abatement Board
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
Minority Business Opportunities Commission
As you would expect, the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy, and Environment (TIEE) Committee is responsible for all things related to transportation and the environment in the County and is led by Chair Deni Taveras and Vice-Chair Dannielle Glaros. The TIEE's responsibility also extends to oversight of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), as they approve WSSC's Commissioners.
The TIEE is responsible for the following issues and agencies, Boards, and Commissions:
Dept. of the Environment (DoE)
Dept. of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T)
WMATA & Purple Line
Transportation Oversight including Taxicabs & Limousines
OCS (Energy Manager only)
Agricultural & Soil Conservation
Solid Waste Advisory Commission
Agricultural Resources Advisory Committee
Washington Suburban Transit Commission
Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board
The final Standing Committee is the General Assembly Committee. The committee reviews and recommends Prince George's County-related legislation to the General Assembly. This Committee is often in regular with the Prince George's County House Delegation in the General Assembly on what is happening on the state level. This Committee is led by Chair Derrick Davis and Vice-Chair Deni Taveras.
CLPA will often highlight these meetings in our Weekly Policy Updates or share updates from these committees on our social media pages. If you are looking for more information on the various agencies, Boards, and Commissions, we will be individually highlighting all of the institutions in the near future.