Authority/Reference(s) Texas Government Code §2054.003; State of Texas Procurement and Contract Management Guide; Texas 85th Legislature General Appropriations Act Article IX Section 9.01
Revision Date September 7, 2018

Policy

Major Information Technology projects are defined as being $1 million dollars or greater, and

  • requires one or more years to complete, or
  • involves more than one state agency, or
  • changes the way DFPS performs job functions or the delivery of services to clients.

An IT project not meeting the above qualifications can still be designated as a Major Information Technology project by the Texas Legislature in the General Appropriations Act.

Major Information Technology projects are subject to standard contract requirements such as the Contract Advisory Team (CAT).

All Major Information Technology projects are subject to Department of Information Resources (DIR) Quality Assurance Team (QAT) oversight.

Quality Assurance Team (QAT) Requirements:

  • For Major Information Technology projects with a value over $10 million must have written approval from the QAT.
  • DFPS is required to notify QAT within 10 business days of awarding a contract for $10 million or greater.

When amending a Major Information Technology project by a value of 10% or more of the total value of the initial contract, notification must be submitted to:

  • The Governor,
  • Lieutenant Governor,
  • Speaker of the House,
  • Senate Finance Committee,
  • House Appropriations Committee, and
  • QAT.

DIR maintains information regarding Project Delivery Framework. The process for initiating, monitoring, completing and submitting deliverables to QAT is available through the Project Delivery Framework.