The Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) was created on August 29, 2010, as part of Mayor Mike McGinn’s reorganization of City government. FAS combines the functions from the former Fleets and Facilities Department and the former Department of Executive Administration with the revenue forecasting, debt management and tax policy functions that were previously performed by the former Department of Finance. It also transfers the Department of Neighborhood’s Customer Service Bureau to the newly created “Office of Constituent Services,” which is housed within FAS. Among other things, the creation of FAS will allow for greater utilization of resources, better integration of the City’s financial and accounting policies, procedures, and systems, and improved efficiencies in the provision of customer service.
FAS has the most diverse set of responsibilities of any City department. We are responsible for everything from maintaining the database of employee information to building or renovating fire stations; from negotiating contracts for items City departments need to buy to accomplish their work to making sure everyone has a chance to compete for City-funded construction projects; from operating more than 100 City facilities to helping sell property the City no longer needs; from managing the City’s investments to overseeing its central accounting system; from maintaining police patrol cars and fire engines to making sure gas pumps accurately measure out a gallon of gas; from regulating the taxicab industry to issuing business licenses and collecting taxes; from advocating for animal welfare and finding adoptive homes for animals to assisting every constituent who calls 206-684-CITY.