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Senate Bill 20: Centralized State Purchasing Study

Background

Every year, state of Texas entities purchase hundreds of millions of dollars of goods and services using centralized contracts established by the Comptroller's Statewide Procurement Division and the Department of Information Resources. But the majority of state purchasing is conducted by individual state agencies using one-time contracts.

As a result, the 84th Legislature charged the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to study existing purchasing practices in Texas state government and make purchasing recommendations in a report to be published before the 2017 legislative session.

Senate Bill 20 (84-R) required the Comptroller's office to examine the feasibility and practicality of consolidating state purchasing functions and examine the cost savings to the state.

Other aspects of SB 20 implementation relate to increased scrutiny of and reporting for contracts that expend public funds.

Process

The Comptroller's office has contracted with RSM U.S. LLP. (RFP 214a) to perform data analysis and consulting services in support of the SB 20-mandated centralized state purchasing study.

RSM and the Comptroller gathered fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015 expenditure data from the USAS and CAPPS systems, detailing transactions by year and agency. RSM developed a survey — that was distributed by the Comptroller to agencies on April 20 — to help determine the number of personnel involved in the purchasing and contracting processes wholly or as a measurable and frequent responsibility.

RSM's analysis of the data and benchmarking report on Texas purchasing was submitted to the Comptroller in summer 2016 to inform the Comptroller study. The Centralized State Purchasing Study was delivered to the Legislature in December 2016.

Agencies in the Study

The following state agencies have been selected for the Comptroller's study. The list excludes institutions of higher education, which are not required to use the CAPPS system and receive all or partial funding from sources not appropriated by the Legislature.

Agency Number Agency Name
101 Senate
102 House of Representatives
103 Texas Legislative Council
104 Legislative Budget Board
105 Legislative Reference Library
116 Sunset Advisory Commission
201 Supreme Court
211 Court of Criminal Appeals
212 Office of Court Administration
213 Office of State Prosecuting Attorney
215 Office of Capital Writs
221 Court of Appeals - First Court of Appeals District
222 Court of Appeals - Second Court of Appeals District
223 Court of Appeals - Third Court of Appeals District
224 Court of Appeals - Fourth Court of Appeals District
225 Court of Appeals - Fifth Court of Appeals District
226 Court of Appeals - Sixth Court of Appeals District
227 Court of Appeals - Seventh Court of Appeals District
228 Court of Appeals - Eighth Court of Appeals District
229 Court of Appeals - Ninth Court of Appeals District
230 Court of Appeals - Tenth Court of Appeals District
231 Court of Appeals - Eleventh Court of Appeals District
232 Court of Appeals - Twelfth Court of Appeals District
233 Court of Appeals - Thirteenth Court of Appeals District
234 Court of Appeals - Fourteenth Court of Appeals District
242 State Commission on Judicial Conduct
243 State Law Library
300 Governor - Fiscal (also 301)
302 Attorney General
303 Texas Facilities Commission
304 Comptroller of Public Accounts (also 241, 311, 365, 902, 907, 930)
305 General Land Office (also 326)
306 Texas State Library and Archives Commission
307 Secretary of State
308 State Auditor
312 State Securities Board
313 Department of Information Resources
320 Texas Workforce Commission
323 Teacher Retirement System of Texas
326 Texas Emergency Services Retirement System
327 Employees Retirement System of Texas
329 Texas Real Estate Commission
332 Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
338 State Pension Review Board
347 Texas Public Finance Authority
352 Bond Review Board
356 Texas Ethics Commission
359 Office of Public Insurance Counsel
360 State Office of Administrative Hearings
362 Texas Lottery Commission
364 Health Professions Council
401 Texas Military Department
403 Texas Veterans Commission
405 Department of Public Safety
407 Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
409 Commission on Jail Standards
411 Texas Commission on Fire Protection
448 Office of Injured Employee Counsel
450 Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending
451 Texas Department of Banking
452 Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
454 Texas Department of Insurance
455 Railroad Commission of Texas
456 Board of Plumbing Examiners
457 Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
458 Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
459 Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
460 Texas Board of Professional Engineers
464 Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying
466 Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner
469 Credit Union Department
473 Public Utility Commission of Texas
475 Office of Public Utility Counsel
476 Texas Racing Commission
477 Commission on State Emergency Communications
479 State Office of Risk Management
481 Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
503 Texas Medical Board
504 State Board of Dental Examiners
507 Texas Board of Nursing
508 Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners
512 State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners
513 Texas Funeral Service Commission
514 Texas Optometry Board
515 Texas State Board of Pharmacy
520 Board of Examiners of Psychologists
529 Health and Human Services Commission
530 Department of Family and Protective Services
533 Executive Council of Physical and Occupational Therapy Examiners
537 Department of State Health Services
538 Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
539 Department of Aging and Disability Services
542 Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
551 Department of Agriculture
554 Texas Animal Health Commission
578 State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
580 Texas Water Development Board
582 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
592 Soil and Water Conservation Board
601 Texas Department of Transportation
608 Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
644 Texas Juvenile Justice Department
696 Texas Department of Criminal Justice
701 Texas Education Agency
802 Parks and Wildlife Department
808 Texas Historical Commission
809 State Preservation Board
813 Texas Commission on the Arts

Note: This list remains subject to change at Comptroller's discretion.

Find out more

For comments or questions about the SB 20 purchasing study, contact:
Gerard MacCrossan | 512-463-4468.