Office of Houston City Controller

Office of Houston City Controller As the financial "watchdog" of the city you have a right to know what is going on with your money. Chris Brown is a proud Houstonian whose unique combination of private and first-hand public sector expertise make him the right person to serve as our next City Controller.

Chris is a proven professional with the experience to be a responsible financial steward, and the commitment to serve his community. Experienced Financial Steward Chris began his career two decades ago, as a trader for Coastal Securities, an investment bank, where he focused on analysis of high tech stocks. After several years, Chris co-founded an equity trading firm. Chris, as head of operations for the equity trading firm, gained first-hand experience with risk management, compliance, reporting, building operations and negotiating complex agreements. For the past 11 years, Chris has worked at Houston City Hall. In his current position, Chris serves as Chief Deputy City Controller, where he manages the day-to-day operations and leads the Executive Division of the Controller's Office. Chris is a member of the City of Houston's Investment Committee and is involved in the management of the City's $13 billion debt portfolio, $3.8 billion investment portfolio and $5.1 billion budget. He also supervises the compiling of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and has helped lead efforts to expand Bank on Houston, a public-private partnership which works to improve Houstonians' financial literacy and independence. Prior to being appointed Chief Deputy City Controller in 2009, Chris served as City Council Chief of Staff, overseeing community development initiatives and serving as a liaison to the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee.

Today, our office stopped to recognize and thank our employees for their work during the past year. Wishing you and your...
11/25/2019

Today, our office stopped to recognize and thank our employees for their work during the past year.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and holiday week!

10/04/2019

Our office had some fun today raising funds for the city’s CMC campaign by dunking Controller Chris Brown!

Who knew our employees had such good aim?

The Controller's Office has released its special revenue fund performance audit of the Houston Foundation & Regional Par...
09/30/2019
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The Controller's Office has released its special revenue fund performance audit of the Houston Foundation & Regional Participation Funds, operated by the Finance Department.

The audit found that:
1. Funds were improperly classified as special revenue funds;
2. No formal written policies & procedures were in place to guide the designation and classification of funds; and
3. Transactions were not included in SAP & incomplete monthly financial reports were presented to Council.

You can read the full report via the link below.

Today, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the International Fund Credit Quality Rating (FCQR) and Fund Market Risk Sensitivity R...
09/16/2019
Press Release

Today, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the International Fund Credit Quality Rating (FCQR) and Fund Market Risk Sensitivity Rating on the City of Houston General Investment Pool at 'AAAf'/'S1'.

The 'AAAf' rating indicates the highest underlying credit quality, or lowest vulnerability to default. The 'S1' rating indicates a very low sensitivity to market risk.

For more info, read the release via the link below!

Last week, the Controller's Office released its Audit Plan for FY 2020. See what our office has planned via the link bel...
07/30/2019
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Last week, the Controller's Office released its Audit Plan for FY 2020. See what our office has planned via the link below!

Hot off the presses! Here is the agenda for this year's Investor Conference. See you soon!
03/15/2019

Hot off the presses! Here is the agenda for this year's Investor Conference.

See you soon!

This morning, our office participated in the 2018 Combined Municipal Campaign breakfast! This year, city employees raise...
02/05/2019

This morning, our office participated in the 2018 Combined Municipal Campaign breakfast!

This year, city employees raised more than $950,000 for causes near and dear to their hearts!

Great work, everyone!

As we approach the end of the year, we’re grateful for the dedication and work of our employees. Today we celebrated tha...
12/19/2018

As we approach the end of the year, we’re grateful for the dedication and work of our employees.

Today we celebrated that work in spirit of the holiday season!

Today, the Controller’s Office held its annual Thanksgiving Luncheon in honor of the upcoming holiday. This year, we’re ...
11/13/2018

Today, the Controller’s Office held its annual Thanksgiving Luncheon in honor of the upcoming holiday.

This year, we’re grateful for a committed team of professionals that works tirelessly to ensure the city is a good shepherd of taxpayer dollars!

11/01/2018
10/05/2018
Chris B. Brown

Our office is ready for another World Series run! Let's go Houston Astros!

This morning’s Controller’s Office birthday celebration had a bit more orange and blue than usual!

We’re ready for another Houston Astros title run at City Hall! #NeverSettle

09/18/2018
Chris B. Brown

#ICYMI: Here's part one of the most recent episode of "The Brown Report!"

#ICYMI: Here's part one of the latest episode of The Brown Report!

In this episode, we discuss the city's unfunded OPEB liability, working toward achieving a structurally balanced budget, and the ongoing financial recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

We also sit down with Council Member Dave Martin to discuss the initiatives we can take on to build a brighter financial future for all Houston families!

Stay tuned for parts two and three later this week! #TheBrownReport

Today, the Controller's Office released its Annual Audit Plan for Fiscal Year 2019. You can view the full plan by follow...
07/11/2018
www.houstontx.gov

Today, the Controller's Office released its Annual Audit Plan for Fiscal Year 2019.

You can view the full plan by following the link below.

Our Deputy Controller for Financial Reporting, Carl Medley is retiring this week! He takes with him 23+ years of knowled...
06/25/2018

Our Deputy Controller for Financial Reporting, Carl Medley is retiring this week! He takes with him 23+ years of knowledge and commitment to serving the citizens of Houston.

We'll miss you, Carl - enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

It’s a bittersweet day! Today, we celebrated the retirement of our Deputy Controller for Financial Reporting, Carl Medley.

For the past 23+ years, Carl has served the city in a variety of roles across various departments. In the Controller’s Office, he has been responsible for the development and production of the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report - no small task!

We’ll miss Carl, but are excited for him to enjoy this next phase of his life!

Thank you for your service to our city, Carl!

Today, we celebrated the retirement of a member of our Audit team - Marda Waters! While we hate to lose such a hard-work...
05/31/2018

Today, we celebrated the retirement of a member of our Audit team - Marda Waters!

While we hate to lose such a hard-working, committed team member, we are grateful for Marda’s more than 11 years of service to our city!

Congratulations! 🎊🎉🎈

It was a busy day in the Controller’s Office!This morning, our Operations Division tested its disaster recovery procedur...
05/22/2018

It was a busy day in the Controller’s Office!

This morning, our Operations Division tested its disaster recovery procedures to ensure normal operations can continue in the case of a natural disaster. This was a critical exercise with hurricane season just around the corner!

Today our Audit Division hosted its ‘Meet the Auditors’ event! This gave city employees and departments the opportunity to meet and speak with our auditors one-on-one.

‪Today we kicked off our year-end audit! This process is what produces the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report ...
05/02/2018

‪Today we kicked off our year-end audit! This process is what produces the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) every year.‬

‪We also celebrated the work of our Deputy Controller, Carl Medley, who is retiring in June. Thanks for your hard work and commitment to our city, Carl!‬

We always enjoy celebrating Controller’s Office birthdays. Today we’re celebrating employees born in March and April!
04/05/2018

We always enjoy celebrating Controller’s Office birthdays. Today we’re celebrating employees born in March and April!

Happy #PiDay, y’all!
03/14/2018

Happy #PiDay, y’all!

Our office runs the numbers for the City of Houston, so naturally today is a pretty big deal around here. Most of us really like pie, too - so there's that.

In either case, Happy #PiDay from the Office of Houston City Controller!

Have you seen the “History in the Making” exhibit currently on display in the City Hall rotunda? Angela Gaddis from our ...
03/13/2018

Have you seen the “History in the Making” exhibit currently on display in the City Hall rotunda?

Angela Gaddis from our office curated the exhibit and today shared the history of the pieces with Controller Chris B. Brown and members of our office.

Be sure to check out the exhibit now during its final week on display! #BHM2018

Last week, our office participated in a Financial Institution Roundtable hosted by Bank on Houston. We enjoyed engaging ...
03/05/2018

Last week, our office participated in a Financial Institution Roundtable hosted by Bank on Houston.

We enjoyed engaging community partners to discuss providing safe & affordable financial products that limit fees to help families practice healthy financial habits! #BankOnHOU

DefenderNetwork.com
02/26/2018

DefenderNetwork.com

Office of Houston City Controller hosted its 8th Annual Black History Month Observance today at City Hall, and our Publisher Sonceria "Sonny" Messiah Jiles was a panel member along with Dorris Ellis of the Houston Sun, and Jeffrey L. Boney of the Forward Times. The three publications were also awarded the Controller’s Office “Community Impact Award.” Many thanks to Cindy George of the Houston Chronicle who moderated the discussion.

This year's program was a salute to African-American newspapers, their rich history, relevance in today’s society and the importance of keeping them alive and well.

Congratulations to the Forward Times, the Houston Sun and all Black media playing the important role of keeping the Black community informed and engaged.

#DefenderNetwork #BlackHistoryMonty #BlackMedia #BHM #BlackNews

This morning, our office hosted its annual Black History Month program. This year’s program highlighted the countless co...
02/26/2018

This morning, our office hosted its annual Black History Month program. This year’s program highlighted the countless contributions that the African-American press has had on the Greater Houston region.

Thank you to DefenderNetwork.com, Forward Times, Houston Sun, moderator Cindy George, and all attendees for joining us this morning! #HOUController

Today, our Chief Deputy Controller Shannan Nobles gave remarks at Bank on Houston's Financial Institution Roundtable. Ou...
02/22/2018

Today, our Chief Deputy Controller Shannan Nobles gave remarks at Bank on Houston's Financial Institution Roundtable.

Our office continues to work closely with Bank On to help Houston families build brighter financial futures! #BankOnHOU

This morning, we celebrated the charitable spirit and work done by Controller’s Office staff during the 2018 CMC Recogni...
02/13/2018

This morning, we celebrated the charitable spirit and work done by Controller’s Office staff during the 2018 CMC Recognition Breakfast.

This year, we beat our fundraising goal by more than $8,000! Great work, team!

Yesterday, our office participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the West Airport Blvd. extension from Hiram Clarke R...
02/02/2018

Yesterday, our office participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the West Airport Blvd. extension from Hiram Clarke Road.

Thanks to Council Member Larry Green and District K for letting us commemorate the big day with you! #HOUController

Today, the Office of the Houston City Controller released an audit of operational effectiveness and compliance with Admi...
02/01/2018
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Today, the Office of the Houston City Controller released an audit of operational effectiveness and compliance with Administrative Policy (AP) 2-5; Authorization and Reimbursement for Local and Out-of-Town Travel and Travel Related Expenses.

You can view the full audit report via the link below.

Today, the Office of the Houston City Controller released a contract performance audit of plumbing services performed fo...
01/19/2018
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Today, the Office of the Houston City Controller released a contract performance audit of plumbing services performed for city facilities.

You can read the full audit report below! #HOUController

Today, the Controller's Office released the City of Houston's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Ye...
12/15/2017
Annual Financial Reports

Today, the Controller's Office released the City of Houston's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2017.

You can find the FY 2017 CAFR by visiting the link below: http://www.houstontx.gov/controller/cafr.html

Annual Financial Reports Every year, the Office of the Houston City Controller compiles and releases the City of Houston’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This report is a ‘snapshot’ of the city’s overall financial position and provides a detailed look at all city finances, fun...

Chris B. Brown
12/12/2017

Chris B. Brown

The Office of the Houston City Controller has issued the following statement on behalf of City Controller Chris B. Brown:

“After a long battle with cancer, former Houston City Council Member Peter Brown passed away at the age of 81 early this morning. A loving father, committed public servant, and fearless advocate, former Council Member Brown passed on to the next life the same way he lived in this one – surrounded by his family in the city he loved most.

The Brown family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy during this very difficult time.”

Please direct all inquiries to Max Moll at [email protected] or by phone at (832) 294-9987.

Thanks to all Controller's Office employees for their contributon to this year's CMC campaign!
11/15/2017

Thanks to all Controller's Office employees for their contributon to this year's CMC campaign!

This morning, the Office of Houston City Controller is celebrating all of our employees who participated in the CMC campaign.

This year we raised $25,382.84 - $8k OVER our original goal of $17k!

Chris B. Brown
11/13/2017
Chris B. Brown

Chris B. Brown

Huge news! Moody's Investors Service has revised the City of Houston's bond rating outlook from Aa3 "negative" to "stable" following the passage of the pension obligation bonds last week!

This is a strong step in the right direction for our city's financial future!

FYI: the first of three public hearings will be held tonight at City Hall from 6 pm - 8 pm. #HOURecovers
09/25/2017
Chris B. Brown

FYI: the first of three public hearings will be held tonight at City Hall from 6 pm - 8 pm. #HOURecovers

Want to have your voice heard on the Mayor's proposed tax rate hike in response to Hurricane Harvey? You'll have a chance tonight as the first of three public hearings will be held at City Hall from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Members of our team were working in the community today in response to #HurricaneHarvey. Thanks to everyone who helped o...
09/08/2017

Members of our team were working in the community today in response to #HurricaneHarvey.

Thanks to everyone who helped out! #HoustonStrong

Today, Controller's Office staff went to the #HarveyReliefHub to coordinate donations for those affected by #HurricaneHarvey.

Great work, team!

The Controller's Office remains committed to pursuing these valuable dollars for City of Houston taxpayers!
08/18/2017

The Controller's Office remains committed to pursuing these valuable dollars for City of Houston taxpayers!

Great news! Yesterday, the Controller's Office recouped $433,529.45 in unclaimed funds from the state!

Our office has been aggressive in pursuing these funds since I was sworn in as Controller, and we've now recouped a total of $716,685.30 since FY 16.

Thanks to our team for their continued diligence in pursuing these funds!

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