DBM Instructions for Posting Agency DLS Testimony

2023 General Assembly Session - FY 2024 Budget Document Submission

Deadlines for Submitting Testimony to DBM
Budget testimony is due 24 hours prior to posting on the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) website. ​

As a reminder, MGA deadlines are as follows:

  • House deadline is 2 days before the hearing
  • Senate deadline is 1 day before the hearing  

Who To Send Testimony To

  • Operating Budget Analyses: Agency budget testimony is to be emailed to your assigned budget analyst with a CC: to Secretary Helene Grady (helene.grady2@maryland.gov).

When e-mailing DBM, please format the e-mail Subject Line as follows: 

  • Agency Code - Posting of Testimony – Operating OR Capital
  • EXAMPLE: D55P00 – Veterans Affairs – Posting of Testimony - Operating.

Testimony Format
Agency testimony is the official response to the DLS Budget Analysis.

  • The same testimony will be used for both the House and the Senate hearings.
  • Testimony should be on Agency letterhead and include the sample header shown below: 

Agency Name
Fiscal Year 20## Operating (or Capital) Budget
Response to Department of Legislative Services Analysis

Senate Committee Name
Senate Subcommittee Name
Senator (chair name)
Hearing Date

House Committee Name
House Subcommittee Name
Delegate (chair name)
Hearing Date

Accepted Formats:

  • Accessible Adobe Acrobat PDF documents (8.0 or later)
  • MS Word documents (Office 2003 or later)
  • MS Power Point documents (Office 2003 or later)
  • MS Excel documents (Office 2003 or later)
  • DBM is required to post legislative budget testimony, therefore if your testimony is posted to your agency's web site, please send the Web URL, and DBM will link to it on the DBM website. However, all budget testimony documents submitted for posting on DBM's web site must be compliant with Non-Visual Access Regulatory Standards.

Authoring Tips:

  • Add alternate text to graphics (including letterhead) before using Adobe Acrobat to convert the file to PDF.
  • Create tables by using the Table feature (Table>Insert>Table) of MS Word, rather than by using the Tab key or spacebar to position text on a page. Tables should have a summary tag and table header tags in the code as well.
  • Pie charts and graphs should be limited and should have a narrative explanation in the text.
  • Name of file should be the six-digit budget code (or nine-digit if applicable) of the Department or Agency, i.e. Department of Budget and Management would be "F10A01.pdf".
  • Word documents should not include any Track Changes. Any document received with track changes on will be returned to the agency.
  • Whenever possible, multiple documents from an agency should be combined into one document prior to submission. ​

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