|(a) The executive director is hereby delegated authority
by the board to grant a requesting state agency a compliance waiver
from administrative rule, statewide standards, or other board policies.
A state agency may request a compliance waiver from administrative
rule, statewide standards or other board policy. The agency must clearly
demonstrate to the department through written justification any performance
or cost advantages to be gained and that the overall economic interests
of the state are best served by granting the compliance waiver. The
executive director of the department will notify the board when requests
for waivers are received.
(b) The executive director is hereby delegated authority
by the board to establish a sick leave pool program for employees
of the department. The program must be consistent with the requirements
of state law regarding state employee sick leave pools. The executive
director is hereby appointed as the sick leave pool administrator.
The executive director may designate another employee of the department
to serve as the pool administrator under the supervision of the executive
director. The pool administrator shall prescribe procedures relating
to the operation of the sick leave pool program.
(c) In compliance with Chapter 2255, Texas Government
Code, this subsection establishes the criteria, procedures and standards
of conduct governing the relationship between the department and its
officers and employees and private donors. This subsection authorizes
the department to accept gifts and donations the department determines
it is in the public interest to accept as a result of an emergency,
including both natural and manmade disasters.
(1) A private donor may make donations, including gifts,
to the department to be spent or used for public purposes during times
of emergency, including times of manmade and natural disasters. Use
by the department of the donation must be consistent with the mission
and duties of the department. If the donor specifies the purpose for
which the donation may be spent, the department must expend the donation
only for that purpose.
(2) Donations must be spent in accordance with the
State Appropriations Act and shall be deposited in the state treasury
unless statutorily exempted.
(3) The executive director is hereby delegated authority
to coordinate all donations and may accept donations that do not exceed
$250,000 in value on behalf of the department. Each donation accepted
by the executive director must be acknowledged by the board within
thirty days of acceptance of the donation by the department. Donations
that exceed $250,000 in value must be accepted by the board.
(4) Acceptance of the donation by either the board
or the executive director of the department must be recorded in the
board minutes, together with the name of the donor, description of
the donation and a statement of the purpose of the donation.
(5) Donations may be accepted only if the executive
director or board, as applicable, determines the donation will further
the department's mission or duties, provide significant public benefit
and not influence or reasonably appear to influence, the department
in the performance of its duties.
(6) Execution of a donation agreement is required if
the value of the donation exceeds $10,000 or if a written agreement
is necessary, in the opinion of the department, to:
(A) indemnify the department as to ownership;
(B) prevent potential claims that could result from
use of the donation;
(C) document donation terms or conditions; or
(D) describe how the donation will further the department's
mission or duties, provides a significant public benefit and is not
made in an effort to influence action on the part of the department.
(7) Each donation agreement must include:
(A) a description of the donation, including a determination
of its value;
(B) donor attestation of ownership rights in the donation;
imposed by the donor;
(D) contact information for the donor;
(E) a statement that the department takes no position
regarding and is not responsible for any tax-related representations
by the donor; and
(F) the signature of the executive director and the
donor or an authorized representative of the donor if it is an entity
rather than an individual.
(d) The board shall set a strategic direction for the
(1) establishing a subcommittee for each major program
area to monitor activities, major outsourced contracts, and new initiatives
for and service offerings by the department;
(2) evaluating and approving new initiatives for, or
categories of, services offered by the department under the department's
(e) The board shall regularly evaluate the extent to
which the department fulfills the department's information resources
technology mission by providing cost-effective services and meeting
(f) The board shall regularly evaluate department operations,
including an evaluation of analytical data and information regarding
trends in department revenue and expenses, as well as performance
(g) The board shall maintain an audit subcommittee
of the board. The subcommittee shall oversee the department's internal
auditor and any other audit issues that the board considers appropriate.
The subcommittee shall evaluate whether the internal auditor has sufficient
resources to perform the auditor's duties and ensure that sufficient
resources are available.
(h) A department employee may not:
(1) have an interest in, or in any manner be connected
with, a contract or bid for a purchase of goods or services by the
(2) in any manner, including by rebate or gift, directly
or indirectly accept or receive from a person to whom a contract may
be awarded anything of value or a promise, obligation, or contract
for future reward or compensation.
(3) A department employee who violates paragraph (1)
or (2) of this subsection is subject to disciplinary action, including
(4) The department shall train staff in the requirements
of this subsection and Government Code, Chapter 572, and incorporate
the requirements into the contract management guide and the department's
internal policies, including employee manuals.