Maryland’s Board of Public Works

About the Board's Unique Role

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The one-of-a-kind Maryland BPW approves contracts and protects wetlands

Doing business with the state of Maryland can be a complex process, and it’s made even more so given the fact that Maryland’s process is unlike that of any other state.

When it comes to government contracting in Maryland, the Board of Public Works plays a unique role, approving most contracts above $200,000. The Board of Public Works is made up of Maryland’s Governor, Comptroller and Treasurer, and meets on a regular basis to review, approve and award contracts for various products and services. Old Line Government Affairs has strong relationships with the Board and its liaisons, helping businesses in the contracting process. Our long-standing bipartisan relationships enable us to advocate for our clients’ positions whether they seek to obtain or oppose a contract award.


The Board of Public Works (BPW) was originally created in 1825 as a 9-member body and abolished in 1828.

The revised three-member BPW was established in 1864, to include the Governor, Comptroller and State Treasurer – as it remains today.

The BPW is the highest administrative body in Maryland state government. Its power and duties are granted through the General Assembly statute, as stated in the State Constitution.

In semi-monthly meetings, the BPW reviews and votes on agency proposals.

Old Line and the BPW

Old Line’s lobbyists have worked closely with members of the Board of Public Works and its liaisons and staff for more than two decades. Such relationships allow us to call on BPW representatives with questions, to clarify upcoming meeting agendas and particular points of interest for our clients, and to work through complex proposals and responses.

An open dialogue and working relationships with the BPW make Old Line well-positioned to address procurement elements, questions and concerns on behalf of our clients, creating a strong line of communication and smoothing out the process for bidding on, defending and winning contracts with the state.

Looking for more information about Maryland’s government services? Visit the Maryland Government Information page.

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