Policies, Procedures and Standards

Openness and maintaining public trust are core values of the Port Authority; to help maintain these values, this page makes available policies that document its governance practices, its code of ethics and other policy and procedures.

Port Commission policies on this website are in effect as of the posting date shown. The Port Commission may adopt, revise, or delete policies, and any such changes will take effect at the time adopted. The Port Authority strives to keep this site current. However, if you are relying on a current policy for specific action or guidance, please contact the Port Authority at 713-670-2400 to ensure the policy posted is up to date.

We invite you to click any of the following links for policy, procedure and standards that document Port Authority governance practices:

Public Comment Policy 
Promotion and Development Fund Policy and Standards
Strategic Planning Policy 
Misconduct Reporting Policy
Community Engagement Plan
Code of Ethics 

Standards for Employee Interaction with Interested Parties 
Local Preference Program Standards and Procedures – December 2017
Amended Local Preference Program and Policy – December 2017
Amended Resolution Regarding Certain Vessels Calling Port Authority Terminals
Procurement Policy
Small Business Development Program Policy and Procedures
Vendor Protest Procedure Amended 2018
Insurance Program and Indemnification Policy – 2018
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance Policy

Office of Foreign Assets Control Compliance Policy
Environmental Policy
Security Management Policy
Health and Safety Policy
Barge Fleeting Leasing Policy
Travel, Meals and Business Entertainment Policy (Appendix A is “Vendor/Consultant Travel, Meals and Business Entertainment Standards”)
Approving and Funding Local Port Commissioner and Employee Meals (Policy)
Approving and Funding Employee Meals (Standards)
Cybersecurity Policy

The Port Commission currently has three standing committees and a task force, each comprised of three or more commissioners. The Audit Committee advises on the Port Authority’s financial statements, its accounting and financial reporting processes and financial statement audits. The Governance Committee prepares and updates the Port Authority’s governance policies and procedures for the Port Commission’s consideration and action, and also reviews governance-related matters. The Pension and Benefits Committee primarily advises on the administration of the Port of Houston Authority’s Restated Retirement Plan, the investment of the Plan’s assets and other benefits offered to employees. The Procurement and Small Business Development Task Force prepares and updates procurement policies and procedures for the Port Commission’s consideration and action. This task force also updates Small Business Development Program policies and procedures and advises on other small business development matters.

Three of the committees have charters which may be viewed by clicking the appropriate link below.

Charter – Audit Committee 
Charter – Internal Audit
Charter – Governance Committee 
Charter – Procurement and Small Business Development Task Force

Investment Policy, Promotion and Development Fund Reports, Annual Audit Reports and Plans, adopted budgets and similar documents may be found on the Financial Transparency page:

Financial Transparency