Finance Department

General Accounting / Disaster Recovery

General Accounting
The role of General Accounting includes accounting for audit & consultant charges billed to the City, contract monitoring, and may expand into other areas as required.

Disaster Recovery
Disaster Recovery reports disaster related information to federal and state agencies such as FEMA & TDEM, as well as to the City's management and decision makers. Additionally, this section facilitates reimbursement during the City's disaster recovery stages, assisting with audit requests and responses, and providing general accounting assistance to the Finance department.

The most recent disaster that the City experienced was Hurricane Ike in 2008.  The total financial impact of the storm was over $200 million.  City managed to recover from the damage through its own resources, insurance, federal assistance and others.  The federal assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Federal Highway Authority (FHWA) was approximately $181 million and $10 million respectively.

The Finance Department handles the procurement, financial, and compliance with the funding agencies requirements as well as City’s policies for the disaster. Finance Department also conducts annually disaster preparedness workshops for all the City Departments, especially for those who handle disaster and recovery activities. In order to facilitate the disaster preparedness, procurement handling, accounting and compliance issues Disaster Recovery Group (DRG) of Finance Department has prepared a manual which can be accessed at https://www.houstontx.gov/finance/acct/Finance_Disaster_Handbook.pdf.

2013 Disaster Preparedness Workshop for City of Houston Departments

2014 Disaster Preparedness Workshop for City of Houston Departments