Volume 17, Issue 29 - Friday, August 2, 2019 Optional Link
Sabine Neches Waterway
A project between the Sabine Neches Navigation District and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will deepen the Sabine Neches Waterway from its current 40 feet to 52 feet.

The organizations signed a project partnership agreement on July 29 with the goal of starting construction in September on the estimated $1.2 billion initiative.

Dredging the channel by 8 feet from the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Beaumont would allow for increased cargo capacities of more than 50 percent on ships transporting goods through the waterway. Port of Beaumont officials said tonnage has increased by more than 50 percent and stated $50 billion in announced and proposed investments are scheduled for the waterway.

The project also would allow the district to:
  • Better manage waterway traffic;
  • Take advantage of Panama Canal expansion;
  • Keep southeast Texas competitive with other U.S. ports;
  • Maintain current jobs and create new jobs;
  • Increase tax revenue;
  • Stimulate economic development; and,
  • Secure the area's future as America's Energy Gateway and the nation's largest military out-load port.
Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick estimated the project would take six to seven years to complete.
Conroe High School
Conroe ISD trustees recently reviewed two bond propositions for a possible election in November 2019 or sometime in 2020 that could total $660 million.

A master plan for Conroe High School renovations, a new junior high, and campus improvements top the list for the draft proposition A. The draft for proposition B has one item of installing athletic field turf.

Board members will convene August 6 to take public comment on the district's proposed 2019-20 budget, property tax rate, and bond. August 19 is the deadline for trustees to call a bond election for November.

Earlier this year, district officials said the next bond proposal would be an amended version of the $807 million bond referendum voters defeated in May.
TxDOT plan would commit $600M to reducing fatalities on highways
The Texas Department of Transportation is considering a plan to commit $300 million for each of the next two years to reduce highway deaths.

The Texas Transportation Commission instructed the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to find ways to lower by half the number of roadway fatalities, which number about 3,900 annually, by 2050.

TxDOT staff said they want to focus $390 million on decreasing incidents in which drivers swerve off the roadway. These "departure incidents" constituted 41 percent of serious injury and fatalities in 2018. Other measures would include straightening roads, improving lighting, and adding guardrails.

Under the plan, TxDOT district managers would determine how projects are funded and create a four-year safety plan for their district.

Funding would come from TxDOT's $76.2 billion Unified Transportation Program, which the commission will vote on in August.
Rice University presents plan to protect Galveston Bay from storms
Rice University has developed a plan to help protect the Houston-Galveston area from hurricanes that would cost a fraction of a competing $20 billion plan from Texas A&M University that is supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office.

The Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED) developed the Galveston Bay Park Plan that features a 25-foot tall levee spanning the Houston Ship Channel. Clay dredged from the shipping lane would be used to build it and form parkland.

SSPEED's spokesperson said the levee would link with one at Texas City that would be raised to meet the 25-foot height. The system also would include a storm surge gate and a "ring" levee around Galveston to buffer storm surges. A new north-south levee would traverse Galveston Bay and be broken up by small gates for boat traffic.

The spokesperson estimated the costs of Rice's plan at $3 billion to $6 billion with completion as early as 2027.
MoPac South depiction
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) has resumed work on Mopac South to add one or two toll lanes in each direction from Cesar Chavez Street to Slaughter Lane after pausing the project for several years.

A lawsuit against CTRMA accounted for the delay as did a state prohibition in 2017 on certain road projects that attempted to combine funding from propositions 1 and 7 with toll features. That moratorium has been lifted to allow authority staff to focus on the design and environmental study phases of the project that is expected to cost between $435 million and $540 million.

Staff members plan to work on the project timeline, design, and cost projections with Texas Department of Transportation officials and other partners. A fifth public hearing is scheduled for early 2020.

Previous public hearings presented concept options that included elevated "downtown access" flyovers at the Lady Bird Lake Crossing. The current environmental study identified the "Express Lanes Alternative" as the recommended build option to add toll lanes between existing northbound and southbound lanes.

Construction could begin in 2023 on the roadway that transports up to 130,000 vehicles per day. According to CTRMA's website, if no improvements are made to address congestion, a trip along the corridor could take up to an additional 35 minutes.
Strategic Partnerships salutes Texas' Lone Stars
Dr. Brad Lancaster, Superintendent, Lake Travis ISD

Dr. Brad Lancaster
Career highlights and education: 
  • Superintendent of Schools - Lake Travis ISD
  • Superintendent of Schools - Midway ISD
  • Assistant Superintendent - Allen ISD
  • Assistant Superintendent - Ennis ISD
  • Elementary Principal - College Station ISD
  • Middle School Assistant Principal - College Station ISD
  • High School Teacher - College Station ISD
  • Doctor of Education - Texas A&M University
  • Master of Science - Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Baylor University
What I like best about my public service: As I enter my 36th year in public education in Texas, one of the things I have always enjoyed about my various roles is that every day is different.  Whether teaching at the high school level, serving as an elementary principal, or leading a district as superintendent - no two days are ever alike. Additionally, the work of classroom teachers, support staff, principals, and superintendents is critically important to the success of our nation.   

The best advice I have received for my current job: Do not fall into the trap of being forced into a hasty decision. Rarely is it necessary to react instantly and make a decision in the heat of the moment. Whenever possible, take time to consider important decisions. There are always multiple sides to an issue and voices that need to be heard. Those who talk the loudest or who demand action do not necessarily represent the majority. 

Advice you would give a new hire in your office: Spend time outside of the office.  Be visible. Visit campuses and classrooms. Get to know people in the district and community. Go see the high school musical or a concert as well as the football game. Whether you are a teacher, principal, or superintendent - it is important to form positive relationships with the people you teach, serve or lead. You cannot do that very well from an office.
If I ever had the opportunity to leave work early, I could probably be found: Reading or working on my wood lathe.

People would be surprised to know that I: Grew up in a boarding house adjacent to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Beginning in 1970 and for more than 40 years, my parents provided housing to about 50 A&M students at a time. For about 10 of those years during my childhood, we also provided three meals a day, five days a week. It was a very exciting environment in which to grow up! 

One thing I wish more people knew about Lake Travis ISDLake Travis ISD is well known around the state for our students' success in athletics. We are certainly proud of those successes, but there is much more to our students. In 2012, Lake Travis ISD was awarded the Lone Star Cup by the University Interscholastic League. The Lone Star Cup is awarded annually to six high schools, one in each of the six UIL classifications, based on their team performance in district and state championships in athletics, fine arts, and academics. Our district commonly places in the top 10 in this competition for 6A districts. Additionally, for the second year in a row, LTISD has received five out of five stars on the new TXSmartSchools state recognition program for producing high academic achievement while also maintaining cost-effective operations. Our district was one of only 21 public school districts in the state to receive all five stars.

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority recently obtained a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for its Trinity Metro's TEXRail commuter rail network.

The grant provides $100 million in fiscal year 2018 and $100 million in fiscal year 2019 to the authority for the line that opened in January.

Trinity Metro and the city of Fort Worth envision the TEXRail service as a system that better connects Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to business corridors. At completion, it will have nine stations on 26.8 miles of rail lines operating between downtown Fort Worth and northeast Tarrant County to the airport.
Midway ISD school board trims proposed bond package to $129M
Midway ISD board of trustees
Midway ISD board members whittled their list of potential bond items to $129 million as they approach an August 8 meeting when they could call a November election.

At a board meeting on July 30, trustees removed expansions at the Midway High School career and technology center to reduce the possible bond package from its original $177 million total and present a referendum to voters that does not raise the district's property tax rate.

Board members are considering these 11 projects for the bond package:
  • Constructing a new elementary school;
  • Retrofitting Woodgate Intermediate School into an elementary school;
  • Repurposing River Valley Intermediate School into a middle school;
  • Remodeling Midway Middle School;
  • Adding a parking lot to the high school;
  • Upgrading the performing arts center;
  • Buying instruments, equipment, technology and storage for fine arts programs;
  • Expanding the high school locker room;
  • Remodeling the technology center;
  • Replacing roofs for five buildings; and,
  • Installing new HVAC systems at three campuses.
Trustees have until August 19 to call a bond election for November 5.
Lubbock council considers $60M in capital improvement projects
Lubbock City Council is discussing public safety improvements this summer as they prepare the city's proposed budget.

Construction of a new police headquarters, three police substations, a police property warehouse, and a new municipal court facility are all under consideration as part of an effort to decentralize police operations and improve community policing.

Officials estimate total project costs at $60 million. Also included in this budget is $6 million for the Citizens Tower parking garage. Debt-funded water and wastewater projects and an airport terminal project were addressed, but Lubbock's city manager said city leaders are hesitant to take on additional debt at this time.

The city's proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20, which currently includes $825 million in expenditures, is set for council vote by the end of September.
Hutto council mulls $46.1M budget for public safety, park, street needs 
Hutto councilmembers are considering $46.1 million in capital improvement projects for the city's proposed $81 million fiscal year 2019-20 budget.

At their July 26 City Council meeting, City Manager Odis Jones focused on public safety, park enhancements, and street and drainage upgrades as significant needs to keep up with population growth and development.

Jones also said he would like the budget to incorporate Project History, a grassroots campaign to repurpose a historic home into a museum and chamber of commerce venue.

Public hearings are set for August 15 and August 22 before City Council approves a final budget and property tax rate in late September.
Land purchases, project update meeting on tap for Lake Ralph Hall
The Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) received $45.5 million in financial assistance from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) on July 22 to purchase property for the proposed 12,000-acre Lake Ralph Hall reservoir in Fannin County. UTRWD serves Fannin, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, and Wise counties.

TWDB's State Water Implementation Revenue Fund (SWIFT) is the source of the funding that the water district will use to buy land for the proposed reservoir and raw water pipeline. This assistance is in addition to the $44.7 million the district received from TWDB in 2015 for permitting, preliminary design, and land purchases.

In 2002, U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall lent his support and name to the project that would curb erosion issues in the North Sulphur River bed that have expanded the river to 300 feet wide and 60 feet deep. When the river was engineered in the 1920s, it was 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep.

Creating the lake also will help the district serve a growing population. Officials expect the lake will supply up to 30 million gallons of water daily to Fannin and Denton counties. They said that if the lake is not created, Denton County could experience a severe water shortage in 25 years.

UTRWD officials anticipate beginning construction in mid-2020. As the permitting phase winds down, the district's focus is moving toward designing and building the water supply project that includes:
  • The proposed Leon Hurse Dam;
  • Relocation of SH 34 and FM 1550;
  • Fannin County road relocation/ abandonment;
  • Clearing and demolition within the reservoir area;
  • Stream mitigation;
  • Raw water pump station;
  • Raw water pipeline;
  • Balancing reservoir; and,
  • Reservoir support facilities.

UTRWD will host a project update and program strategy briefing at 2 p.m. August 8 at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Interested consulting, engineering, architectural, and construction industry members are invited.
West Lake Hills to engage public in city hall, police facility planning
Rendering of West Lake Hills city hall concept
West Lake Hills City Council is scheduled to meet August 15 to review a conceptual design for a proposed facility to house city hall and police operations. City administrators said the City Council will gather public comment at the meeting and then continue its discussions about the concept with the city's architects.

The city also is forming a citizens bond advisory committee that will help councilmembers decide whether to call a May 2020 bond election and what projects to include. The committee will be charged with reviewing all potential projects such as repaving and repairing roads, improving drainage, and constructing new city facilities.

Leading up to the council's decision, the city will host additional public meetings. A final decision on a bond package will be made over the next four to six months with multiple opportunities for public input, city leaders said.
State parks officials weighing future of Wyler Aerial Tramway with study
Wyler Aerial Tramway
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is exploring the possibilities of future uses for the Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountain State Park.

TPWD officials are conducting a feasibility study to determine what to do with the tramway that the state closed to the public last year. Its Swiss-made gondolas travel on a 2,600-foot, 1 3/8-inch diameter steel cable to the top of Ranger Peak.

State Sen. Jose Rodriguez obtained $5 million in funding in the past legislative session, and the El Paso Community Foundation also held a public meeting July 24 to gather input on the tramway.

Officials estimate the cost of a new tramway could range from $10 million to $15 million.
TCEQ issues first round of $209M Volkswagen mitigation contracts 
Rio Grande Valley flooding in 2018
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced on August 1 that the agency has issued the first 11 contracts as part of the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust settlement.

Contracts are made with entities - mostly school districts - that have applied for funds from the trust and will use the money to replace aging diesel school buses, shuttle buses, or transit buses with new models. The contracts specify the funds each applicant will receive as part of the settlement, how they will use the money to achieve the goals of the VW Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Texas, and requirements for receiving the funds.

Each contract will also include a commitment to operate new buses in one of the seven priority areas identified in the VW Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Texas. The priority areas are areas monitoring ozone concentrations near or above the National Ambient Air Quality Standard.

The settlement is a result of litigation over emissions control defeat devices that were found to have been installed on vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen (VW) and its subsidiaries. Approximately 590,000 light-duty diesel vehicles in Texas were affected.

As part of settlement agreements, VW must pay approximately $2.9 billion into a trust to be distributed to each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Gov. Greg Abbott designated TCEQ the lead agency for the distribution of Texas' portion of the settlement funds, which totals approximately $209 million.

These initial 11 contracts are awarded as follows:
  • $5,704,160.70 to four entities in the Austin area;
  • $5,945,993 to two entities in the San Antonio area;
  • $1,391,480 to two school districts in the Houston area;
  • $811,800 to two school districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area; and,
  • $729,073 to a school district in Bell County.
The TCEQ plans to issue up to $58.6 million in contracts to applicants who have applied for funds from the trust to repower or replace school buses, shuttle buses, or transit buses. This is the first of multiple grant rounds to spend the $209 million in settlement funds allocated to Texas.
Sales tax holiday set for Aug. 9-11
Shoppers can take advantage of the Texas Sales Tax Holiday from August 9 to midnight August 11 on qualified items ideal for going back to school.

Sales tax exemptions apply to items such as clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks. They must be priced below $100. In most cases, shoppers do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.

The exemption is valid only for qualifying items purchased during the holiday. Items bought before or after the holiday are not eligible for exemption and no tax refund will be available.

Texas Comptroller estimates are at $102.2 million for savings in state and local sales taxes during the holiday, which has been an annual event since 1999.
Save the date for DIR conference
Oct. 3, 2019 / Austin, Texas
Mark your calendar to attend the DIR Technology Forum 2019 on Oct. 3 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Commons Learning Center, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758.

Journey to the Cloud: How to Get There is the theme of this year's forum, a free one-day, two-track conference for public sector IT leaders. Plan to attend educational sessions on strategic issues, technology updates, and DIR solutions and services.

More than 200 attendees from a wide variety of Texas state agencies and universities are expected to attend. The free event is open to any current Texas government or public sector staff member interested in information technology issues. Pre-registration is required and opens in early July. The cancellation deadline is Sep. 27; a $50 fee will be charged for any no shows and late cancellations.

Complimentary morning and afternoon refreshments and a luncheon will be served. DIR invites vendors to participate by exhibiting and/or providing a speaker.

For information, email Joy Hall Bryant.
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The most common reason to consider a public-private partnership is when government officials need to launch critical projects but lack the financial resources. However, there are numerous other reasons as well.
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2 former elected officials join SPI team to focus on Oklahoma consulting
Kathy Taylor

Strategic Partnerships, Inc. is pleased to announce that former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and former State Sen. Glen Coffee of Oklahoma have joined the SPI team as  consultants specializing in procurement consulting in that state. Both served in the Oklahoma gubernatorial cabinet as well.

As Tulsa's 38th mayor, Taylor drew from years of experience as a business executive and corporate attorney. During her term, she led the city through its worst recession in 70 years and developed the funding package to support the retention of Tulsa's largest employer, a major airline carrier.

Taylor also is a former Oklahoma secretary of commerce, tourism, and workforce development, and executive director of the Department of Commerce. After her tenure as Tulsa mayor, she returned to the state level as the governor's chief of education strategy and innovation.

She currently serves as chair of the Leadership Council for ImpactTulsa and ship sponsor for the USS Tulsa. Her honors include recognition by the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the Tulsa Historical Society, the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, among others.

Glen Coffee
Coffee was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1998 and served through 2011. During his tenure, he was minority floor leader and president pro tempore and forged long-term relationships with local, state, and federal officials in the areas of public education, higher education, public safety, law enforcement, and human services. Upon retiring from the Senate, Coffee was appointed as Oklahoma's secretary of state by Gov. Mary Fallin.

As a practicing attorney, Coffee has been recognized by numerous associations for his efforts.
Rep. Zerwas retires from Legislature, joins UT
John Zerwas
A day after District 28 state Rep. John Zerwas announced his retirement from the Legislature on July 31, The University of Texas System appointed him as the system's new executive vice chancellor for health affairs.

Zerwas will serve until September 30 in the Texas Legislature where he was a representative for 12 years and presided over the House Appropriations Committee. The Richmond representative worked as the House's chief budget writer beginning in 2017, chaired the House Higher Education Committee and led its Public Health Committee.

Effective October 1, he will succeed Ray Greenberg who stepped down in March after five years in the executive vice chancellor position.
Austin names new deputy city manager
Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde
The city of Austin named Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde as its new deputy city manager on July 31. She will start her new role on October 1.

Rivera-Vandermyde will oversee departments and projects focused on Government that Works for All and will advise Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk in carrying out City Council policies.

Cronk supervised her at the city of Minneapolis where he served as the city coordinator. After he moved to Austin in 2017, she succeeded him in that position.

Before entering the public sector, Rivera-Vandermyde's experience included international consulting specializing in judicial and regulatory compliance, oversight of the correctional system in Puerto Rico as deputy commissioner. She also was the chief executive officer of a nonprofit healthcare corporation and gained private practice experience as a corporate litigator in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cronk announced the move as the final step in reorganizing his executive team that includes: Rodney Gonzales, assistant city manager for economic opportunity and affordability; Chris Shorter, assistant city manager for health-environment and culture-lifelong learning; Gina Fiandaca, assistant city manager for mobility; and Rey Arellano, assistant city manager for safety.

Housing agency taps Wilkinson as director
Bobby Wilkinson
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) Governing Board has named Bobby Wilkinson as executive director of the agency, effective August 15.

Wilkinson has served as an advisor to Gov. Greg Abbott on housing policy since 2015 and also has filled various other roles in the Abbott administration's Budget and Policy division, most recently as deputy budget director.

TDHCA is the state agency responsible for affordable housing, community and energy assistance programs, and colonia activities.
Carrillo-Trevino named Sunset Valley manager
Sylvia Carrillo-Trevino
The city of Sunset Valley has hired Sylvia Carrillo-Trevino as its city manager, effective this September.

Carrillo-Trevino is a 20-year veteran of public administration with 14 of those years in local government.

She began her government career as a graduate intern for the city of Corpus Christi where she rose to manage the city's Development Services "One Stop Shop."

In 2012, she was appointed city manager of Aransas Pass, Texas, where she served until 2017. She then served as the assistant city manager for Corpus Christi from 2017 to 2019 and as development manager for Odessa, Texas on a contract basis.
Klein VFD swears in Gosselin as 1st paid chief
Michael Gosselin
Klein Volunteer Fire Department (KFVD) swore in its first paid fire chief in the department's 68-year history on July 20.

Michael Gosselin had been serving as Klein VFD's executive administrator for the previous two years overseeing daily department operations.

Before joining KFVD, Gosselin served Conroe Fire Department where he worked for 32 years before retiring as deputy chief. He also worked at Spring Fire Department prior to joining Conroe FD.

After the swearing in ceremony, KVFD Deputy Chief Eric Reinkemeyer gave Gosselin his first KVFD fire chief helmet.
U.S. Senate confirms 6 federal district judges
The U.S. Senate confirmed six U.S. district judges to fill Texas vacancies this week.
James Hendrix

James Hendrix was appointed as U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas in Lubbock, and Austin appellate lawyer Sean Jordan was named judge for the Eastern District of Texas in Plano.

Hendrix served as an
Sean Jordan
 assistant U.S. attorney and headed the appellate division for the Northern District. Jordan previously was principal deputy solicitor general in Texas.
Mark Pittman

The Senate confirmed Texas Second Court of Appeals judge Mark Pittman as district judge for the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth, and Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Brown was the Senate's pick to be district judge of the Southern District of Texas in Galveston.

Texas deputy first assistant attorney 
Jeffrey Brown
general Brantley Starr earned Senate 
confirmation as 
district judge for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas, and former Fourth Court of Appeals justice Jason Pulliam was confirmed as district judge for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio.

Northern District of Texas nominee Ada 
Brantley Starr

Jason Pulliam
Brown's confirmation hearing was 
rescheduled for after the Senate's recess that began August 1.

Judicial vacancies in Texas have been determined by the Judicial Conference to be "judicial emergencies" because of high caseloads. 

Two federal judicial vacancies remain in Texas - one in Houston and the other in Corpus Christi.

Gov. Greg Abbott has announced these appointments/reappointments from July 26- August 1:

Bryan Daniel - Georgetown, Texas Workforce Commission

Lisa Rodriguez - Schertz, Appraisal Management Companies Advisory Committee

John Eichelberger III - Houston, Appraisal Management Companies Advisory Committee

Shawn Kennington - Pittsburg, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

Jeff Oldham - Austin, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

Gene Pack - Houston, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

JD Robertson - Wimberley, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

Andrea Sparks - Austin, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

Hector Villareal - Alice, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

Abigail Brookshire - Midlothian, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

Libby Hamilton - Round Rock, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

Joan Huffman - Houston, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

Scott MacNaughton - San Antonio, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

James White - Hillister, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

Erleigh Wiley - Forney, Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

Clinton Sawyer - Amherst, Commission on State Emergency Communications

Lonny Matthew Berend - Scotland, Texas, Rehabilitation Council of Texas (reappointed)

JoAnne Fluke - Abilene, Rehabilitation Council of Texas (reappointed)

Paul Hunt - Austin, Rehabilitation Council of Texas (reappointed)

Crystal Stark - College Station, Rehabilitation Council of Texas (reappointed)

Cheryl Fuller - Austin, Rehabilitation Council of Texas (reappointed)

Colton J. Read - New Braunfels, 
Rehabilitation Council of Texas

Lisa Cowart - Beaumont, Rehabilitation Council of Texas

Joseph Powell - Dallas, Rehabilitation Council of Texas
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - The Economics of Texas BBQ

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Summaries of Selected Legislation Passed by the 86th Legislature, Regular Session
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 Comptroller of Public Accounts - Senior Counsel, Attorney IV-V
  • Office of the Texas Governor - Grant Manager (Grant Coordinator I)
  • Texas Department of Information Resources - Director II
  • Texas Ethics Commission - Attorney I
  • Texas Ethics Commission - Administrative Assistant II

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