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Maryland State Government Maryland Department of the Environment


Thank you for visiting the MDEStat website, and for your interest in Maryland's environment.

What is MDEStat?

We created MDEStat in 2007 to assess and improve the performance of environmental regulatory programs and processes at MDE.  MDEStat has served us well since then, helping us improve MDE's effectiveness and efficiency through intensive, transparent, systematic, data-driven oversight.  MDEStat helps us ensure that MDE is making the best possible use of its resources while also sharing information publicly about progress made and issues found and addressed.

How Does MDEStat Work?

MDEStat Panel - MDEStat is guided by regular meetings of the MDEStat Panel. The Panel is composed of MDE’s Secretary, Deputy Secretaries, Budget Director, Operational Services Director, IT Director, Principal Counsel, and the MDEStat Director. MDE is divided into five major administrations, and the MDEStat Panel reviews performance data for each administration approximately once every two months.  MDEStat meetings are on Monday mornings as scheduled, and are open to visitors.

In Advance of MDEStat Meetings - Accurate and timely data is critical to the success of the MDEStat process. Prior to each meeting, the administration or office on that meeting’s agenda is required to submit data to the MDEStat Director. The MDEStat data submissions cover a wide variety of activities and information, from permitting and inspections, to outcome measures such as air quality, to internal processes such as filling vacancies.

After the submission is received, the MDEStat Office analyzes the information and prepares a briefing memo for the Panel members, with data summaries and suggested questions. The MDEStat Office is responsible for critically reviewing the information, comparing it to previously-submitted information, asking follow-up questions, and holding meetings as needed.

At MDEStat Meetings - At the meetings, the managers answer questions from the Panel that are based on data submitted by the administration and analyzed by the MDEStat Office. Opportunities for improvement, follow-up, and additional useful data are identified.

After Each MDEStat Meeting - After an Administration or office director meets at MDEStat, s/he receives a follow-up memo from the MDEStat Director. This memo may include a variety of requests including new actions to be taken, reconsideration or refocusing of existing activities, consideration of alternative approaches or policy changes, or additional data. Generally all requests have deadlines prior to the director’s next MDEStat appearance.

Contacting MDEStat Personnel:

Sue Battle-McDonald, MDEStat Director, e-mail:  phone:  410-537-4111

Andrew Gosden, MDEStat Analyst, e-mail: phone: 410-537-4158


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