Address:Board of Public Works80 Calvert St, Room 117Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone:410-260-7335Toll Free: 877-591-7320Fax: 410-974-5240
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Alan M. Wilner's 1984 book "The Maryland Board of Public Works: A History" reads:
"The Board of Public Works is the highest administrative body in the Maryland state government. Consisting of the governor, the comptroller, and the treasurer, it now derives its ultimate authority from the state Constitution and is responsible for the expenditure of all capital appropriations and the superintendence of nearly all state public works projects. Each year it deals with hundreds of millions of dollars; . . . The Maryland Board of Public Works is almost unique in American government. Although some cities have such creatures or variations of it, there is nothing like it either at the federal level or among the other states.
Indeed, there is nothing quite like it. The modern mission of the Board is vast but may be summed up as protecting and enhancing the State's fiscal integrity by ensuring that significant State expenditures are necessary and appropriate, fiscally responsible, fair, and lawful. This is done through semi-monthly meetings in which the Board members review and vote on a myriad of agency proposals. In reviewing and approving capital projects, procurement contracts, and the acquisition, use, and transfer of State assets, the Board assures Marylanders that executive decisions are made responsibly and responsively.
The Board's power and duties, stated in the State Constitution, are those the General Assembly delegates to it through statute. Specifically, the Board:
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