Volume 17, Issue 7- Friday, February 15, 2019Optional Link
Legislature considers billions for higher education 
Senate Bill 505 was filed by Sen. Kel Seliger on Jan. 29 and as of Feb. 14, the bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Higher Education. This bill carries a price tag proposal of $4 billion in bonds to assist public universities and health related institutions with numerous projects.

Under the Texas A&M University System, a project for $100 million would provide the A&M University System Health Science Center with a Texas Medical Center Building 3. An $85 million project would provide construction of an instructional lab and innovative learning facility at A&M University. 

A few requests under The University of Texas (UT) System include $200 million for the construction of a research building. This would be a joint project between The UT Health Science Center at Houston and the UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The UT Medical Branch at Galveston would receive $157 million for construction of facilities. The UT at San Antonio is requesting more than $126.2 million for construction of a college of business building for the downtown campus. The UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas would like $120 million for construction of a translational biomedical engineering and science building. 

A project under the University of Houston (UH) System would take place at the UH-Downtown. The $110 million in funding would be used for construction of an arts, sciences, engineering and entrepreneurship center. The UH-Victoria is also requesting $74.7 million for campus expansion. 

A project under the Texas State University System includes $125 million for construction of a STEM classroom building located in San Marcos. An additional $75 million has been requested for construction of a health professions building located in Round Rock. 

A project under the University of North Texas (UNT) System includes$126 million for the construction of a science and technology research building  at the UNT. The UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth is requesting $115.5 million for construction of an academic building.

A project under the Texas Tech University (TTU) System will cost more than $118 million for the construction of a facility at TTU. The TTU Health Sciences Center at El Paso is also requesting more than $92.3 million for construction of a dental school building. 

The bill also includes a request from the Texas Woman's University for $105 million, Stephen F. Austin State University would like $48 million and Midwestern State University has suggested $10 million. View all of the projects in the bill here.
TxDOT buys land for widening of I-35
Gainesville Independent School District Board of Trustees has agreed to sell a little more than three acres of school district property to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The land purchase is in preparation for the widening of Interstate 35 from its current state of four lanes - two in each direction - to a six-lane interstate and ultimately to an eight-lane interstate. 

The first portion of the project, 1.4 miles south of Spring Creek Road to one-fifth of a mile south of U.S. 82, TxDOT officials expect to spend $183 million in construction costs. The county has 20 miles of interstate to improve. The project will be divided into six portions and spread from February 2021 through 2040. Construction for the entire project is estimated to cost $900 million. Right-of-way acquisitions, plan development and utility relocation are not included in the construction costs.
Weber, Kenney, Kerr and Fleming join SPI team
Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI), welcomes Lora Weber, John T. Kenney, Taylor Kerr and Parker Fleming to the SPI team of consultants. They add to the experienced, diverse team of professionals who provide clients with a distinctive competitive advantage related to business development in the expansive public sector marketplace. 

Lora Weber
Lora Weber, External Consultant- Weber brings a strong mix of public and private sectors skills and experiences to the SPI team. Weber enjoyed a 25-year career with several state agencies encompassing everything from public utility regulation to business licensing to higher education. As the head of large state operations, Weber gained extensive expertise in agency rule-making, legislative relations, consumer affairs, legislative funding, operating budgets, and strategic planning. 

Throughout her career, Weber testified before state boards, legislative committees, and congressional committees, not only on matters regarding state policy but also on issues vital to small business. She has developed long-standing relationships with policymakers at both the state and local levels of government. Lora served as the Executive Director of the Texas Incentive and Productivity Commission and the Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Read more about Weber. 

John T. Kenney
John T. Kenney, External Consultant- More than 25 years of experience in working with the technology and energy industries has given Kenney a keen business perspective and his many years of serving as a government contractor have provided him with an understanding of how the public sector works. He brings a wealth of expertise to the SPI Team because of his background and his many years of working with both the government and private industry. 

Kenney has translated his experiences into consulting successes in both national and international markets and has worked with mid-size and small businesses as well as Fortune 100 companies. He has an enviable record of achievements in business development and program management. Kenney's career includes extensive work with the U.S. Department of Defense and his federal government experience included program management, analysis and evaluation and technology projects. While serving in the U.S. Air Force, he was able to employ his technology skills as a test engineer for defense systems and worked in advanced research and on various types of development projects. Read more about Kenney. 

Taylor Kerr
Taylor Kerr, Consultant- Kerr has experience in both the public and the private sectors and has worked in the legislative arena. Most recently, Kerr worked in the office of an elected official where she assisted with deadline oriented projects, analyzed and tracked initiatives and assisted with constituent outreach. 

Kerr has been involved in outreach to governmental entities, organizations and individuals, and understands the unique cultural differences between the political world and the commercial sector. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Kerr can be found on the SPI website, here. Kerr can be found on the SPI website, here

Parker Fleming
Parker Fleming, Consultant- Fleming's background from the federal sector of government and his work with a private sector consulting firm make him a natural fit with the Strategic Partnerships Team. His experience interfacing with government officials, analyzing and tracking issues and legislation, and working with companies to accomplish client objectives has provided the understanding required to add value to the SPI Consulting Team. 

Most recently, Fleming worked in Washington, D.C. for a major U.S. House of Representatives Committee. There he was charged with interacting with other congressional offices and preparing legislative materials. He supported the policy team with bill summaries, talking points and legislative research. Read more about Fleming.
Dam discussions on property in 100-year flood plain
The city of Round Rock wants to take properties off the 100-year flood plain by advancing talks with the Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) on design plans for Dam 101. The dam, to be located between O'Connor Drive and the Round Rock West neighborhood will cost $25 million, not including acquiring easements and engineering fees. The dam itself, to be constructed as an earthen feature with a concrete spillway, will be more than a mile long and up to 40 feet tall at some points. 

The WCID will now finish design on Dam 101, work to acquire necessary land that surrounds the dam and waterway, and file the proper permits. The earliest construction will begin on the dam is summer 2021. A second water barricade, Dam 102, is also wrapped into the proceeding plans. Both the city and the district have committed funds to the projects however additional funding is still needed before construction can begin. When completed, WCID will operate and maintain the dams.. 
C-FB ISD ready to begin bond projects
Solicitation of bids is expected to begin in May for projects at the Carrollton-Farmers Branch (C-FB) Independent School District. The district plans to sell and issue bonds from a $350 million bond package that was passed in 2018. About $317.6 million will be allocated toward improvements and renovations, $16.4 million will be for technology and $13.9 will be for safety and security. Once the funds are in place, the district will begin hiring architects to begin design work for campus projects. Designs will then be brought to the board for approval. 

Examples of projects include security entry vestibules at several campuses, access control and cameras at selected exterior doors and fire sprinkler system upgrades. In addition, three middle schools have been set to receive athletic improvements including full-sized tracks.
Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
KP George, County Judge, Fort Bend County
KP George

Career Highlights and Education: KP George is proud to serve in Fort Bend County as the Presiding Officer of the Commissioner's Court and Director of the Office of Emergency Management. He is a former two-term member of the Fort Bend ISD school board and a local business owner. KP's passion for giving back to his community stems from the challenges he faced growing up in a tiny South Indian village. Getting an education meant walking barefoot to the local schoolhouse and doing homework by the light of a kerosene lamp in the family's thatch-straw hut. After years of balancing school work with helping out on the family farm, KP achieved his first goal: coming to the land of opportunity and living the American Dream. KP immigrated to the U.S. in 1993 on a work visa for a financial firm, and has since earned multiple financial certifications and licenses. As a Certified Financial Planner, KP co-owns and manages an independent financial planning practice in Sugar Land. KP and his wife Sheeba, an FBISD teacher, have raised their three children in Sugar Land. 

In 2013, KP helped establish the Hightower High School Academies' Booster Club, and served as its first president. He has also served in the Sugar Land Rotary Club, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, and local Indo-American groups. He is a member of the FBISD Parents Advisory Team, as well as the State Elections Policy & Affairs Team for State Representative Rick Miller. 

What I like best about my public service is: Seeing the work first hand that my staff and I have done come to fruition. I love knowing that the work I do is for the betterment of my Fort Bend community.

The best advice I've received for my current job is: Work hard for the people of Fort Bend County as they have placed their trust in me. I work for them and their families and am mindful of that in every decision made.

Advice you would give a new hire in your office:  Know that you are privileged to work for the people of Fort Bend County. The work you do will impact many many people and families so we should do our very best all the time!

If I had the opportunity to leave work early, I could probably be found: Meeting with non-profits, business owners, and various community stakeholders seeking ways to help improve Fort Bend County and its residents.

People would be surprised to know that I: was born in southern India and my career experience includes working for a financial firm. I founded the Fort Bend ISD Hightower High School Academies' Booster Club. During my service on the Fort Bend ISD School Board, I earned the designation of Master Trustee, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) which is the highest designation recognized by TASB.

One thing I wish more people knew about Fort Bend County: 
- Fort Bend County ranks No. 2 for purchasing power in the United States, No. 1 in Texas. SmartAsset, 2018
Fort Bend County is home to 5 of the top 10 master planned communities in Houston. Houston ranks No. 2 in the nation. The most active master-planned communities, according to MetroStudy in 2017, calling Fort Bend County home are: Riverstone, Sienna Plantation, Cross Creek Ranch and Tamarron. 
- Most ethnically diverse county in the Houston metropolitan area. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014-2017 
- 26.8 percent population growth 2010-2016, $119,536 average household income, 90.8 percent high school graduate or higher, 45 percent bachelor's degree or higher. AmericanCommunity Survey, 2016
Grand Lakes MUD 1 authorizes $20.8M bond election
Grand Lakes Municipal Utility District (MUD) 1 has authorized to place a $20.8 million bond on the May election ballot for future maintenance and upkeep of the plant as well as lift stations, water supply lines, the collection system and storm sewers. Grand Lakes MUD 1 oversees the water treatment plant that serves the entire Grand Lakes community. 

If approved by voters, the bond money will be used for future maintenance and upkeep of the plant as well as lift stations, water supply lines, the collection system and storm sewers. MUD will also keep funds on hand for emergency needs that occur from unpredictable events like Hurricane Harvey. The MUD, which covers the southeast portion of the Grand Lakes master-planned community, has about $1 million remaining from its $18.82 million bond authorized in 2001.
Bryan ISD has two-part bond proposal in the works
The Bryan Independent School District plans to hold a bond election in May for $12 million. Proposed project areas include safety and security concerns for more than $2.6 million, leaky roofs on five buildings for more than $4.2 million, school bus replacements for $2.8 million, Career and Technical Education Center purchases for $1 million, maintenance work for $962,610 and a $400,000 contingency for any unexpected costs. 

If approved, the $12 million bond would become the first part of a two-part system in which a larger bond will be called for 2020 to address future growth and other needs not included in the 2019 bond, including crowded intermediate schools.
Seguin ISD to hold bond election in May 
The Seguin Independent School District will ask voter approval in May for a $64.7 million bond proposal. 

Included in the bond package is $39 million for a complete overhaul of Briesemeister Middle School, $17 million for a rebuild of Matador Stadium, $3.9 million to start the Jefferson Elementary renovation, $1.8 million for Americans with Disabilities Act accessible playscapes and shading for all elementary campuses, $1 million for the purchase of land for a possible future site of McQueeney Elementary and $1.7 million for various campus improvements including drainage, HVAC and plumbing.  
College Station to solicit bids for ball park
The city of College Station has a price tag totaling about $10 million for the first phase of a ball park. A solicitation for proposals is expected to be released this summer. The city is planning to build eight diamond fields for softball and baseball. Phase I will include four fields. The park will include light-emitting diode fixtures, space for teams to set up before the game and bullpens. Construction is estimated to take a year. 

This project will coincide with a developer's plans for the midtown portion of College Station. The acreage near Highway 6 and the eastern part of Rock Prairie Road will include a hotel around a lake area as well as recreation space and even paddle boarding and kayaking. The developer also plans to have a dog park and recreational trails.

Tomball ISD lays out projects from 2017 bond
The Tomball Independent School District has an agriculture barn at its Memorial High School campus and would like to build a second barn at Tomball High School. A $275 million bond election was approved by voters in 2017 for this new barn, a natatorium and upgrades to six campuses. 

School board members recently approved building the agriculture barn for $7.1 million and have hired inspection, engineering and survey firms to begin the process. The 2017 bond outline shows that the Tomball Intermediate School will have its entrance renovated for about $1.5 million and the natatorium will be constructed at Tomball Memorial High School at a cost of $15 million.
Temple ISD buying land for future growth
The Temple Independent School District is preparing for future growth by purchasing a 47-acre property. The land is situated near the junction of Old Highway 95 and Barnhardt Road. The plan over the next few years is to build an elementary and middle school on the property. 

The district is making these plans in response to new development and planned development in the southeastern area of the city. More than 3,000 housing units will be constructed in the next 10 years. The district has been sharing its plans with the city of Temple to make sure future infrastructure projects will accommodate the new campuses.
SHSU granted funds for Gibbs Ranch/tennis complex
The Texas State University Systems Board of Regents granted capital improvement projects (CIP) totaling $7 million at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). One of the CIPs will provide $5 million in enhancements at Gibbs Ranch, which serves as a learning laboratory for students enrolled in the agricultural science program. The project will include a new classroom building, horse stalls and site improvements. 

The remaining $2 million will provide a new beach volleyball court and tennis complex for SHSU club sports. The complex will be built on property adjacent to the main campus at the intersection of Bowers Boulevard and Sycamore Avenue and will house the new SHSU competition beach volleyball team.
USDA launches ReConnect Program
The United Sates Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched the ReConnect Program, a pilot program authorized by the Consolidated Budget Act of 2018, to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America that don't currently have enough access to broadband. 

The USDA has launched a new toolkit to support the deployment of high-speed Internet service in rural communities. The toolkit features 27 USDA programs meant to facilitate the expansion of broadband, including grants, loans and technical assistance from multiple mission areas of the USDA. 

Each year, USDA offers more than $700 million for infrastructure loans that can be used to provide or enhance broadband services to communities with populations under 5,000. In addition, the budget provides $30 million in broadband grants and $29 million in loans to create private-public partnerships that expand high-speed e-Connectivity to rural Americans and $29 million for distance learning and telemedicine grants.
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H-GAC accepting feedback for 2018 Call for Projects
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) recently held a meeting for the 2018 Call for Projects draft and will be accepting public comment until Feb. 28. Currently, there are 84 proposed projects on the H-GAC's list with about $1.5 billion in federal funding requests. 

Some of the projects in northwest Harris County include the expansion of Farm to Market 2920 from U.S. 290 to Texas 249. Widening Texas 249 from Beltway 8 to the North Freeway are also in design to improve traffic flow. Constructing sidewalks to connect segments along FM 2920 and making the sidewalks on FM 1960 between Texas 249 and the North Freeway compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act also are being considered. To view the plans and provide feedback, visit here
Huntsville revising student housing development code 
The Huntsville Planning Commission is taking steps to regulate large student housing complexes with additions to the city's development code. The current code only regulates apartments with a maximum of 29 units per acre. However, new regulations will regulate by bedrooms per acre. Commissioners chose not to set density caps though, due to density being fixed in other measures of the code. Commissioners approved a recommendation of 1.1 parking spaces per bedroom for attached-housing complexes and 1.5 parking spaces per bedroom for detached units. Currently developers are not required to have a parking spot for every bedroom. Commissioners also voted to set a minimum of two stories and maximum of four stories for any new complexes. 

Also included in the new code is a definition for a unit as three units or less. However, more bedrooms can be added to a single unit with increased land requirements. A six-bedroom unit is referred to two dwelling units for the purpose of density regulations. There will be some leniency for the guidelines on a case-by-case basis if a developer doesn't meet everything in the design criteria. Public hearings in front of the planning commission and city council are still required before the plans can be ratified by either body.
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Join over 1,250 senior representatives from governments, higher education institutions and leading firms in the global construction and financial markets. The conference attracts professionals from all corners of the industry and provides a valuable opportunity to facilitate new partnerships with industry peers and public sector partners. Attendees will discover new alternative project delivery methods, strategies for implementing successful P3 projects, the nuts and bolts of how deals work, and how to manage risks associated with legal and financial frameworks. 

Attendees will participate in interactive panels, workshops, and conversations specifically tailored to the needs of public agencies evaluating P3s. The conference is designed for all levels in the market including those beginning to explore P3s and seeking to better understand where alternative and accelerated project delivery methods can be applicable.
Two rather shocking predictions are worthy of note. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, cybercrimes are expected to cost $6 trillion annually worldwide by 2021... and 2019 could be the worst year yet for cyberbreaches. Government portals are immediate targets for cyber terrorists. The valuable data available on public websites is all too tempting to hackers and cyber sleuths. Because government technology networks are old, protecting data is expensive and continual.  

Two years ago, government officials responded to a survey and the results revealed that a large majority of governmental entities are significantly behind the curve regarding cybersecurity. Nearly half of the respondents had experienced some kind of cyberattack and some had endured several breaches. There is no argument that entirely too many government entities, particularly smaller ones, are ill-equipped to respond to or to prevent cyberattacks. 

However, as the number of cyberattacks on government networks has increased, government executives have moved quickly to seek the funding required to keep citizen data secure. Budgets have increased and many government leaders have entered into collaborative engagements with private-sector firms. Because of the demand, higher education officials have focused on technology training for students who are needed to move into unfilled skilled government worker cyber-technology positions available in the U.S. 

Interest in upgrading electronic voting systems is common throughout the country. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealed that more than 20 states were victims of hacking attempts on voter registration files or public election sites during the 2016 election.   

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Hearne changes funding options for public safety facility
Hearne City Council members have chosen to hold a bond election rather than to issue certificates of obligation for new public safety facility. On May 4, voters will decide on an $8.3 million building that would house the fire department, police department, municipal court and council chambers. 

Representatives with a consulting company hired to plan the new public safety facility have met with residents to answer any questions or concerns. The representatives have shared that the facility will be built to accommodate any needed expansion and that efforts will be made to preserve and use historic materials and parts of the old building. If the bond passes, construction would begin in August.
Bridge City ISD to hold $41.6M bond election
Bridge City Independent School District trustees have approved moving forward with a $41.6 million bond proposal for May. A large portion of the bond funds, $35.93 million, will be used to rebuild the district's middle school. The current campus was erected in 1964. 

The remaining funds are to be spent on equipment, Career and Technical Education Building at the high school and expansion projects for the growing number of students at the intermediate and elementary schools.


Dickson selected as CIO for Collin College
Michael Dickson
Michael Dickson has been chosen as the chief innovation officer (CIO) for Collin College. He has served Collin College as a consultant from 2016-2019.  

Dickson formerly worked in several positions at Western Illinois University including founder and executive director of the Center for the Application of Information Technologies, director of University Technologies, special assistant to the president for technology and vice president for technology.
Corpus Christi to test autonomous vehicles
The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi want to begin a pilot program to test autonomous transportation. The plan is to implement the program at the TAMUCC campus by the end of 2019. 

Safety precautions will always be taken by having a human attendant on the autonomous shuttle. The route of the autonomous vehicles at the TAMUCC is still under discussion. At some point, the program could make its way into downtown Corpus Christi. A Dallas-based transportation company will also participate in the pilot program.


Pearland updating water system
The city of Pearland is looking at raising water rates in order to help fund more than $335 million in water and wastewater projects within the next five years. The city plans to go digital with water meters by spending $15.97 million to replace all 37,000 water meters citywide. Meters have been installed at city buildings to test the technology. The new meters will begin to be implemented in the spring. 

The city is also planning for a $163 million surface water plant, a project that will be tackled in 2020 and 2021. The project is currently in the design phase. Replacing old pipes at water facilities at a cost of $1.2 million is another project that will update Pearland's water system.
Louise ISD revises bond total for May election
Louise Independent School District trustees have narrowed down an initial $15 million bond package to $10 million for the upcoming election in May. Because of the decreased bond amount, specific information on what buildings and what things will be covered by the bond will be brought back to the district facilities committee. 

The changes in projects will be shared with the public so input can be provided on what needs to be switched around, taken off or added. Areas of interest for the bond package include an athletic campus and a new cafeteria. If voters approve the bond, it will be paid for over a 25-year-period.


Grisham settles in at Anna EDD
Joseph Grisham
Anna City Manager Jim Proce chose Joseph "Joey" Grisham to head the city's Economic Development Department (EDD). Grisham began his new position Feb. 13. Prior to accepting the Anna position, Grisham served as assistant director of economic development for the city of Rowlett. 

A few of his former positions include director of business recruitment for the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation and an independent economic development consultant.
Garner announces retirement as superintendent
Allen Garner
Central Independent School District Superintendent Allen Garner has announced plans to retire after 12 years with the district. His last day is Aug. 31. Garner has spent 28 years in public education as well as 17 years as superintendent. He started his career at Humble ISD and has since worked as an administrator at Hudson, Martinsville and Central. 

In addition to his time as superintendent, he has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and high school principal. The Central ISD Board of Trustees will soon begin discussions on appointing a new superintendent.


GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENTS
Gov. Greg Abbott has announced the following appointments/reappointments from Feb. 8-Feb. 14

Sean Payton- Killeen, Texas Commission on the Arts
Deborah "Debbie" Gray Marino- San Antonio, Texas Commission on the Arts
Jarrod Smith
- Danbury, Brazos River Authority Board of Directors (reappointed)
Jennifer "Jen" Henderson
- Round Rock, Brazos River Authority Board of Directors 
Judy Krohn, Ph.D.
- Georgetown, Brazos River Authority Board of Directors
Alan Sandersen
- Sugar Land, Brazos River Authority Board of Directors
Traci LaChance
- Danbury, Brazos River Authority Board of Directors
Royce Lesley
- Comanche, Brazos River Authority Board of Directors
Wayne Wilson
- Bryan, Brazos River Authority Board of Directors
Cynthia Flores
- Round Rock, Brazos River Authority Board of Directors (chair)
Jose Aliseda Jr.- Beeville, Governing Board of Texas Civil Commitment Office (reappointed)
Preston Johnson Jr.- Sugar Land, Correctional Managed Health Care Committee (reappointed)
Alethea Swann Bugg
- San Antonio, State Preservation Board (reappointed)
Melissa Skillern, D.P.T.
- Manvel, Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Donivan Hodge
- Spicewood, Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Manuel A. "Tony" Domenech, Ed.D., D.P.T.
- Austin, Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Barbara Sanders, Ph.D.
- Austin, Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (reappointed)
David W. Evans
- Cedar Hill, 95th Judicial District Court
Jared Robinson
- Friendswood, 405th Judicial District Court
Angela Albers- Mineola, Wood County Criminal District Attorney
RECENT REPORTS and DATA
Texas State Auditor's Office- Audit Report on the Health and Human Services Commission's System of Contract Operation and Reporting
Texas State Auditor's Office- Report on the Implementation Status of Prior State Auditor's Office Recommendations 
Sunset Advisory Commission- Report to the 86th Legislature 
Texas Health and Human Services- Presentation to the House Human Services
Texas Health and Human Services- Presentation to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee
Texas Health and Human Services- House Appropriations Committee Article II HBI
JOB BOARD
Dozens of public-sector jobs are available. Click here to view all job openings and guidelines for job submissions to SPI. New jobs added this week: 
  • Texas Department of Information Resources- Executive Assistant III
  • Railroad Commission of Texas- Geographic Information Specialist II
  • Texas Military Department- Security Officer III at Camp Mabry 
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board- Writer/Editor
  • Texas Department of Public Safety- CID- Border Information Specialist I
  • Texas General Land Office- Information Specialist III
  • Texas Department of Agriculture- Administrative Financial Review Specialist Statewide
  • Office of the Texas Governor- Economic Development Finance Specialist
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts- 16 opening in Texas, New York, Oklahoma and California for Tax Auditor I
  • Texas Education Agency- Educator Testing Specialist/Program Specialist IV
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