80R2174 MCK-D
  By: Delisi H.B. No. 921
relating to the sharing of information among state agencies.
       SECTION 1.  Section 2054.096(a), Government Code, is amended
to read as follows:
       (a)  Each agency strategic plan must be consistent with the
state strategic plan and include:
             (1)  a statement of the state agency's goals,
objectives, and programs as found in the agency's legislative
appropriations request;
             (2)  a description of the agency's major data bases and
their applications;
             (3)  a description of the agency's information
resources management organizations, policies, and practices;
             (4)  a description of interagency computer networks in
which the agency participates;
             (5)  a statement of the strategic objectives of the
agency relating to information resources management for the next
five fiscal years, beginning with the fiscal year during which the
plan is submitted, with a description of how those objectives help
achieve the agency's programs and goals, and a description of how
those objectives support and promote the goals and policies of the
state strategic plan;
             (6)  a description of any information resources
technology projects proposed by the agency, including:
                   (A)  a statement of how the projects relate to
similar projects, as identified by the department, implemented or
proposed by other agencies;
                   (B)  a description of any proposed plans for
coordinating the projects with other agencies;
                   (C)  a statement of how projects proposed or
described under this subsection will provide a return on investment
according to guidelines developed by the department; and
                   (D)  a detailed description of the past
performance of projects implemented under this subsection;
             (7)  the status of the agency's quality assurance
initiatives for:
                   (A)  security; and
                   (B)  major information resources projects;
             (8)  a description of measures taken by the agency to
comply with department rules and standards;
             (9)  a statement of how the agency has implemented the
data sharing standards developed under Subchapter N; and
             (10) [(9)]  other planning components that the
department may prescribe.
       SECTION 2.  Section 2054.102(c), Government Code, is amended
to read as follows:
       (c)  The department shall provide the Legislative Budget
Board with a list of agencies that have not complied with department
standards, including data sharing standards developed under
Subchapter N, with provisions of the state strategic plan, or with
corrective action plans. An agency identified on a list under this
subsection shall develop a corrective action plan approved by the
department that specifies the manner in which deficiencies will be
corrected before components of or amendments to the agency's
biennial operating plan may be approved by the Legislative Budget
       SECTION 3.  Chapter 2054, Government Code, is amended by
adding Subchapter N to read as follows:
       Sec. 2054.501.  DEFINITION.  In this subchapter, "committee" 
means the Client Information Interchange Standards Committee.
STANDARDS; PUBLICATION. (a) The department shall develop
standards for sharing information electronically among state
       (b)  The data sharing standards developed by the department
under this section must:
             (1)  require a state agency to comply with any federal
or state law relating to confidentiality of the information
maintained or received by the agency;
             (2)  ensure the protection of personally identifiable
information from inappropriate release; and
             (3)  include strategies for sharing information and
procedures for transferring information.
       (c)  The department shall publish the standards for data
sharing on the department's Internet website and shall notify the
presiding officer of each house of the legislature of the
publication of the data sharing standards.
       (d)  In developing the data sharing standards under this
section, the department shall consult with the committee.
In developing, procuring, and maintaining electronic and
information resource systems, a state agency shall conform to
common client information interchange standards developed by the
department whenever possible to allow for the sharing of
information among state agencies to identify and coordinate the
provision of necessary services to individuals in the state.
COMMITTEE. (a) The Client Information Interchange Standards
Committee is composed of:
             (1)  the governor or the governor's designee;
             (2)  the comptroller or the comptroller's designee; and
             (3)  the administrative head of the following agencies
or that person's designee:
                   (A)  the Department of Information Resources;
                   (B)  the Health and Human Services Commission;
                   (C)  the Texas Department of Criminal Justice;
                   (D)  the Department of Public Safety of the State
of Texas;
                   (E)  the Texas Workforce Commission;
                   (F)  the Texas Education Agency; and
                   (G)  any other state agency the committee
determines necessary.
       (b)  The representative of the Department of Information
Resources serves as the presiding officer of the committee.
       (c)  The committee shall meet at least quarterly at the call
of the presiding officer.
       (d)  Service on the committee by a state officer or employee
is an additional duty of the member's office or employment. A
member of the committee is not entitled to additional compensation
for service on the committee but is entitled to reimbursement of
travel expenses incurred by the member while conducting the
business of the committee, as provided by Chapter 660 and the
General Appropriations Act.
       (e)  The Department of Information Resources shall provide
the staff and administrative support necessary for the committee to
perform its duties.
       (f)  The committee shall:
             (1)  analyze and compare how state agencies with common
clients manage and exchange information relating to those clients;
             (2)  identify and rank in order of priority
opportunities to improve an individual's interaction with multiple
state agencies; and
             (3)  advise the Department of Information Resources on
the development of standards that facilitate data sharing without
requiring a state agency to make significant custom modifications
to the agency's information system or to incur significant expense.
       (g)  This section, Section 2054.501, and Section 2054.502(d)
expire September 1, 2013.
       SECTION 4.  The Department of Information Resources shall
publish the standards required by Section 2054.502, Government
Code, as added by this Act, not later than September 1, 2008.
       SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2007.