How Did the National Finance Center in New Orleans Help Hurricane Katrina Victims?


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The New Orleans branch of the National Finance Center assisted victims of Hurricane Katrina through its effort to organize payroll and human resource services for federal first responders. The National Finance Center's focus on caring, comprehensive fiscal service to a growing number of federal employees tasked with helping victims of the disaster allowed those employees to carry out effective service that restored order to the region.

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The National Finance Center's New Orleans branch faced a ballooning federal labor force in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, including a large-scale increase in FEMA personnel active in the region. The National Finance Center, under leadership from Deputy Director John White, organized a comprehensive plan to accommodate growing numbers in its member agencies without delaying crucial payroll or health benefit services.

During Katrina, the National Finance Center was an agency with over 1,300 employees and was responsible for servicing 585,000 employees government-wide from over 150 separate agencies. Due to a coordinated effort from the National Finance Center in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other responsive agencies to the regional crisis, important payroll and health benefits were disbursed to first responders without delay during the disaster.

The National Finance Center is a national financial and human resources service provider for agencies of the federal government. It has been in service since 1973 and also offers services related to financial management, data services and heath care solutions.

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