Category: News

Disaster Declaration for Texas Flooding in 18 Texas Counties

On October 16, 2018, Governor Greg Abbott issued a State Disaster Declaration for 18 Texas counties impacted by recent severe weather and flooding that has caused widespread property damage, and threatened loss of life. Counties included in the disaster declaration

SORM Announces New Talent Development Initiative, Staffing

Effective October 1, 2018, the Human Resources department, part of the Internal Operations division of the State Office of Risk Management, has been re-designated as the Talent Management department. The department is being expanded to coordinate multiple functions, including but

SORM Welcomes New Liaison Officer

The State Office of Risk Management has welcomed Thomas Meehan as Liaison Officer in SORM’s Communications & Development department. Mr. Meehan is working directly with Senior Liaison Officer, Mr. Paul Harris, to manage all legislative, media, client, and constituent relations.

New Directors Named for Enterprise Risk and Information Technology at SORM

Executive Director, Stephen Vollbrecht, appointed two key senior department leadership positions for the State Office of Risk Management effective October 1, 2018. Jacqueline Baynard was promoted to Director of Enterprise Risk, and Leonel Ramirez was appointed as Director of Information

New Appointment to SORM Leadership

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Executive Director, Stephen Vollbrecht, made leadership announcements to the Board of Directors of the State Office of Risk Management. Mr. Vollbrecht appointed Leonel Ramirez as Interim Director of Information Technology, and Felicia McGee as Senior

SORM Announces Strategic Changes

The Risk Management department has been renamed the Enterprise Risk department, effective May 4, 2018, and consists of the Risk Management, Insurance Services, and Continuity Operations units. The Enterprise Risk department is one of the four departments comprising the Strategic

SORM Announces New Division Chief of Strategic Programs

James Cox

On November 1, 2017, the State Office of Risk Management welcomed James Cox as the new Chief of the Strategic Programs Division. As Division Chief, Mr. Cox will oversee the Risk Management, Claims Operations, Communications & Development, and Document Processing

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Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms

The State Office of Risk Management received the following information from the State Fire Marshal’s Office regarding recalled models of smoke alarms. Please review the following information to determine whether your agency or your home has one of the recalled

Statewide Insurance: What Participants Need to File Property and Automobile Claims


As Texas continues to feel the impact of Hurricane Harvey, many state agencies may have questions on the next steps needed to address property or automobile losses. Agencies that participate in the statewide property and/or automobile insurance programs provided by

Special Alert: Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warning

Current weather predictions indicate severe weather in the Gulf of Mexico may adversely impact Texas in coastal and inland areas. Employees and citizens are advised to take appropriate precautions and remain vigilant. You can sign up for alerts at We