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Budget, Planning and Policy office

Scope and Contents of the Records

The Budget, Planning and Policy Office advises the governor regarding state policy and fiscal matters in support of his statutory role as Texas’ chief budget officer. Records are budgets, correspondence, legislative records, charts, logs, forms, sound recordings, minutes, briefing materials, agenda, applications, memoranda, notes, digital images, plans, spreadsheets, presentation materials, reports and talking points, 1995-2015, bulk 2010-2014. The first series, Office files is composed of the office files of the Office of Budget, Planning and Policy (BPP), dated 1995-2010, bulk 2004-2010. Records include administrative riders for the development of the Texas state budget in 2006; information on the Texas Budget Contract; fiscal surveys of state agencies; meeting agenda items; memoranda of understanding; correspondence; summaries and recommendations from the Boards of Review for several state agencies; communication with the Legislative Budget Board; playbooks including talking points and briefings on various topics; report and studies; witness forms to the joint staff meeting of the Legislative Budget Board and the Governor’s Office; building proposal forms; and registration logs from the hearings held by the Task Force on Appraisal Reform. BPP staff files also comprise a large portion of this series.

The majority of the Texas Health Care Policy Council files pertain to the group’s meetings, containing meeting recordings, transcripts, supporting documentation, and briefing materials, dated 2004-2011. Also present are plans regarding the scope and impact of proposed projects, reports on topics such as stakeholder partnership opportunities and consumer impact, publications on health information technology, briefing documents and a small amount of health-related correspondence.

Oil, gas, air, and waste files are environment-related records of the Budget, Policy and Planning Office, dated 2008-2014. Records are briefing papers on ethanol and other topics, applications for environmental waivers, agricultural research, federal regulations assessments, government shutdown plans for state agencies with probable environmental impact, requests for signatures, talking points and records pertaining to the budgets of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Railroad Commission.

ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) files are records related to the implementation and funding of the ARRA in Texas, dated 2006-2014. Files include fiscal year plans, records of universities attempting to receive certification for ARRA funds and correspondence with universities already receiving ARRA funds, summaries of fund allocations to various state agencies, correspondence with the State Conservation Office and analysis of historical trends in the system of ARRA benefits. Also present is correspondence from Kay Hart including information on jobs created, terms of the ARRA, points of contact, certifications and reports on the various applications of ARRA.

Litigation files (dated 2006-2014) contain communication with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, especially briefing materials and reports, media updates and proposed changes to the implementation of various programs, especially those related to state foster care and state supported living facilities. There is also a draft briefing intended for the Governor’s Office staff on the U.S. Department of Justice investigation of the Lubbock State School and records pertaining to other Department of Justice investigations.

Legislative files are composed of four groups: riders to the Texas 79th legislative session, files related to disaster recovery, legislative appropriations requests and proposed legislation, dated 2003-2015. Ambulatory service centers, the establishment of a health professions commission, skilled workforce initiative, hurricane disaster recovery efforts and measures to prevent voter fraud are prominent record topics. Legislative riders to the 79th legislative session and proposed legislation files are both maintained in spreadsheet form. This series also contains pension reports, Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel consolidation reports, charts of funding requests from state agencies, correspondence pertaining to legislative appropriations requests and correspondence and briefing material on proposed legislation.

Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .docx and .txt), databases (.mbd), spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsm and .xlb), digital images (.jpg, .gif and .tif), emails, PDFs, slide presentations (.ppt and .pptx), web-ready images (.htm and .mht), business cards (.vcf), zip files (.zip). web page files (.xml), cascading stylesheet (.css), and audio files (.wav and .mp3). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents and .jpeg for images or spreadsheets. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.

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