Texas Government Code

Sec. § 2054.003

In this chapter:


“Application” means a separately identifiable and interrelated set of information resources technologies that allows a state agency to manipulate information resources to support specifically defined objectives.


“Board” means the governing board of the Department of Information Resources.


“Data processing” means information technology equipment and related services designed for the automated storage, manipulation, and retrieval of data by electronic or mechanical means. The term includes:


central processing units, front-end processing units, miniprocessors, microprocessors, and related peripheral equipment such as data storage devices, document scanners, data entry equipment, terminal controllers, data terminal equipment, computer-based word processing systems other than memory typewriters, and equipment and systems for computer networks;


all related services, including feasibility studies, systems design, software development, and time-sharing services, provided by state employees or others; and


the programs and routines used to employ and control the capabilities of data processing hardware, including operating systems, compilers, assemblers, utilities, library routines, maintenance routines, applications, and computer networking programs.


“Department” means the Department of Information Resources.


“Electronic government project” means the use of information technology to improve the access to and delivery of a government service, including a project that uses the Internet as a primary tool for the delivery of a government service or performance of a governmental function.


“Executive director” means the executive director of the Department of Information Resources.


“Information resources” means the procedures, equipment, and software that are employed, designed, built, operated, and maintained to collect, record, process, store, retrieve, display, and transmit information, and associated personnel including consultants and contractors.


“Information resources technologies” means data processing and telecommunications hardware, software, services, supplies, personnel, facility resources, maintenance, and training.


“Institution of higher education” has the meaning assigned by Section 61.003 (Definitions), Education Code.


“Local government” means a county, municipality, special district, school district, junior college district, or other political subdivision of the state.


“Major information resources project” means:


any information resources technology project identified in a state agency’s biennial operating plan whose development costs exceed $5 million and that:


requires one year or longer to reach operations status;


involves more than one state agency; or


substantially alters work methods of state agency personnel or the delivery of services to clients; and


any information resources technology project designated by the legislature in the General Appropriations Act as a major information resources project.


Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1208, Sec. 16(1), eff. September 1, 2007.


“Project” means an initiative that:


provides information resources technologies and creates products, services, or results within or among elements of a state agency; and


is characterized by well-defined parameters, specific objectives, common benefits, planned activities, a scheduled completion date, and an established budget with a specified source of funding.


“State agency” means a department, commission, board, office, council, authority, or other agency in the executive or judicial branch of state government that is created by the constitution or a statute of this state, including a university system or institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003 (Definitions), Education Code.


“Telecommunications” means any transmission, emission, or reception of signs, signals, writings, images, or sounds of intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, optical, or other electromagnetic systems. The term includes all facilities and equipment performing those functions that are owned, leased, or used by state agencies and branches of state government.


“State electronic Internet portal” means the electronic government project or its successor project implemented under Subchapter I.


“Quality assurance team” means the quality assurance team established under Section 2054.158 (Quality Assurance Team; Duties).
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 1.13, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1272, Sec. 2.01, eff. June 15, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1422, Sec. 3.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1246, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 9.019, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1068 (H.B. 1516), Sec. 2.01, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1208 (H.B. 1789), Sec. 16(1), eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 393 (H.B. 1705), Sec. 2.01, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 973 (H.B. 1504), Sec. 10, eff. June 17, 2011.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 953 (S.B. 65), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2019.

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