NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING
In accordance with Governor Greg Abbott's proclamation, the TFSC Austin office will be operating with a limited staff on Wednesday December 5, 2018 in honor former President George H.W. Bush. The office will return to normal staffing levels on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
For the winter break, the TFSC offices will be closed Monday December 24 through Wednesday December 26. Additionally, the TFSC office will be short-staffed throughout the end of December as the 11-member staff has asked for time off to spend with their families. If your license expires in December, you are HIGHLY encouraged to renew your license and/or log into your account prior to December 21 so that any problems can be handled while staff is available.
TEXAS ELECTRONIC VITAL EVENTS REGISTRAR (TxEVER) SYSTEM
The Texas Electronic Vital Events Registrar (TxEVER) will replace the current Texas Electronic Registrar system. TxEVER is scheduled to go live on January 1, 2019, to support all vital events operations. Check out the DSHS website for more information on the new system and opportunities for training.
SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION DECISIONS
The Sunset Advisory Commission met on November 14, 2018 to consider the staff recommendations. The full Commission adopted the staff recommendations with modifications. Those recommendations will now be turned into legislation to be considered during the upcoming Legislative Session. Look to the Sunset Review Process page for more information.
AMENDMENTS TO 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE 203.16 - CONSEQUENCES OF CRIMINAL CONVICITON
At its September meeting, the Commission propsed changes to the rule related to how criminal convictions are considered in licensing decisions. The rule was published in the October 2, 2018, Texas Register. Public comments were accepted throughl November 2, 2018. The rule will be on the December 11, 2018 Commission agenda for final adoption.
NEWS FROM THE TFSC
The TFSC has developed an email notification system to notify licensees and stakeholders of important and time-sensitive information. If you would like to be added to the distribution list please click here.
The Commission's Invocation Policy authorizes a licensee in good standing to deliver the Invocation at Commission meetings. See the Executive Director's letter for further information.
REACHING TFSC STAFF
When a person calls the main line he/she will hear a recorded message which states "You have reached TFSC, please wait while I transfer your call." At that point the call is transferred to licensing staff. The agency has two people responsible for answering the phone. If those two people are on the phone or away from their desks, the call then transfers to the agency voice mail.
If you are having a problem reaching staff or not having your phone calls returned, please email the Executive Director for assistance.
The TFSC does not staff the online renewal center and online helpdesk. The HPC help-desk states it can take multiple days to respond to a help ticket, especially near the end of the month. The help-desk only responds to emailed help requests. TFSC licensing staff is able to help with resetting passwords or emails for the online renewal system. Contact Nikki Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
A person can also send an email to any of TFSC staff. All direct lines and email addresses are on the Staff Contacts page.
The TFSC meets quarterly - usually on the second Tuesday of every third month (March, June, September, December). Meetings are held in Austin, Texas, at the Hobby Building. Once posted, TFSC meeting agendas may be found by clicking on the following website: Texas Secretary of State Open Meetings. Type in Texas Funeral Service Commission in the “Agency Name” field and hit “Find.”
Upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows (subject to change):
- December 11, 2018
- March 19, 2019
- June 18, 2019
- September 10, 2019
- December 10, 2019
TFSC FEE SCHEDULE
ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY AND SANCTION SCHEDULE
The TFSC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer and Smoke Free Agency. The TFSC's employment positions are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). TFSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.
The TFSC has no job openings at this time.