Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Board of Insurance, Commissioner of Insurance:

An Inventory of Commissioner's Topic Files at the Texas State Archives, 1975-1989 (bulk 1988-1989)



Overview

Creator: Texas. State Board of Insurance. Commissioner of Insurance.
Title: Commissioner's topic files
Dates: 1975-1989
Dates: (bulk 1988-1989)
Abstract: The records of the Commissioner of Insurance of the Texas State Board of Insurance include incoming and outgoing correspondence, internal memos, reports, copies of proposed legislation, and other reference materials from 1975 to 1989 (bulk 1988-1989). The records document the commissioner's relationship with the governing Board of Insurance; his administration of the units within the commissioner's office and his supervision of the programs of the entire agency; and his interaction with state and federal legislators, their constituents, and with insurance industry associations.
Quantity: 24.47 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The commissioner of insurance is appointed by the three-member Board of Insurance to oversee the functions of the agency, the Texas State Board of Insurance. During the time period of these records the Commissioner of Insurance directly supervised several specialized units in the commissioner's office: Hearings, Statutory Compliance, and Internal Audit. The commissioner also oversaw all other agency functions that were divided into four broad programs directed by associate commissioners: Administrative Services, Compliance, Financial, and Regulated Lines and Licensing. The Administrative Services program managed the agency's data processing, planning, budget, human resources, accounting, tax collection, and other staff services. The Compliance program with its Legal Services, Market Conduct and Unauthorized Insurance sections enforced state law regarding unfair trade practices and unfair competition by an insurer or its representatives and investigated complaints against companies and agents. The Financial program was responsible for monitoring the solvency and business affairs of the insurance companies licensed in Texas. The Liquidation and Conservation sections in the Financial program were later transferred and placed under the direct supervision of the commissioner. The Conservation section attempted to rehabilitate and conserve insurance entities with impaired financial conditions and the Liquidation section operated under court order to liquidate insolvent companies. Finally, Regulated Lines and Licensing, with its Property, Casualty, Life, and Licensing sections had jurisdiction for most of the statutory filings processed by the board.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Types of records of the Commissioner of Insurance of the Texas State Board of Insurance include minutes, incoming and outgoing correspondence, internal memos, reports, copies of proposed legislation, contracts, organizational charts, computer printouts, newspaper and magazine clippings, statistical tables, and other reference materials compiled by the commissioner. Records are for fiscal year (FY) 1989, September 1, 1988 to August 31, 1989, with some records dating back to 1975.

Records consist of the topic files maintained by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. Records document the commissioner's relationship with the governing Board of Insurance; his administration of the units within the commissioner's office and his supervision of the programs of the entire agency; and his interaction with state and federal legislators, their constituents, and with insurance industry associations.

These records document a period of great turmoil in the agency. The collapse of a Dallas-based property and casualty insurer, National County Mutual Fire Insurance Company, in October 1988, was the largest such insurance failure in Texas history and the Insurance Board hired a special investigator, Colonel Jim Adams, former director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, to examine the collapse and submit a report. The situation also resulted in an investigation by the Texas Legislature of the Board of Insurance. Shortly after the collapse the insurance commissioner, Doyce R. Lee, resigned and by March 1989 two board members, including the chairman, has also resigned. A.W. "Woody" Pogue succeeded Lee as commissioner and remained in this post for the duration of these records.

Correspondents of note include the new Chairman of the Board of Insurance Paul Wrotenberry, Colonel Jim Adams, state senator John Montford, and state representatives Eddie Cavazos and Tom Gavin. Correspondence listed under U.S. Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Phil Graham are the incoming letters from their constituents on insurance matters that the senators referred to the Insurance Board.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into five series:
Board of Insurance, 1988-1989, 1 cubic ft.
Commissioner's Office/Executive Administration, 1975-1989, 4.5 cubic ft.
Programs, 1986-1989, 9.5 cubic ft.
State and federal government, 1986-1989, 9.1 cubic ft.
Associations, 1988-1989, 0.37 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Insurance--Texas--State supervision.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Insurance--1975-1989.
Reports--Texas--Insurance--1975-1989.
Memorandums--Texas--Insurance--1975-1989.
Functions:
Regulating insurance.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas State Board of Insurance, Commissioner's topic files, 1957-1989 (bulk 1983-1989), 3.5 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Commissioner's topic files, Commissioner of Insurance, Texas State Board of Insurance. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1991/038

These records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas State Board of Insurance on December 11, 1990.

Processing Information

Paul B. Beck, October 1991


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Board of Insurance, 1988-1989,
1 cubic ft.

The commissioner's topic files with the Board of Insurance include the commissioner's 1988 annual report to the Board, correspondence and memos, and a special investigative report by Colonel Jim Adams, former director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, on the National County Mutual Fire Insurance Company collapse.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Insurance--Texas--State supervision.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Insurance--1975-1989.
Reports--Texas--Insurance--1975-1989.
Memorandums--Texas--Insurance--1975-1989.
Functions:
Regulating insurance.
box
1991/038-1 Administrative Inquiry, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Adams Investigation - National County Mutual Fire Insurance Company, 1989
Advisory Committee, 1989
Agenda, 1988-1989
Annual Report for State Board of Insurance, 1988
Board Action Report, 1988-1989
Directives/Correspondence, 1988-1989
Correspondence, Chairman of the Board, Paul Wrotenbery, 1989
General Counsel, 1989
Information Services, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Legislative Meetings, 1989
Statistical & Rate, 1988



 

Commissioner's Office/Executive Administration, 1975-1989,
4.5 cubic ft.

Topic files from the Commissioner's Office/Executive Administration include deputy commissioner meetings, the commissioner's reading files, the Internal Audit section, and files on a proposal for an Early Warning group that would provide advance warning to the agency of insurers in hazardous financial condition. The records date from 1975 to 1989.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Insurance--Texas--State supervision.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Insurance--1985-1989.
Audits--Texas--Insurance--1985-1989.
Reports--Texas--Insurance--1985-1989.
Functions:
Regulating insurance.
box
1991/038-2 Appointments, [Requests for], 1988
Audit - Outside, 1988
Consultants, 1989
Contracts, 1988
Correspondence, 1988-1989
Deputy Meetings, 1988-1989
Early Warning [Group]:
Computing System, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Implement, 1975-1989
[3 folders]
Legislators, 1988-1989
box
1991/038-3 Management Study, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Members, 1988-1989
Meeting, 1989
Overview, 1988-1989
Reports, 1989
Rules, 1989
State Auditor Report, 1989
Furniture, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Guaranty Fund, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Hearings, 1988-1989
Human Resources Management, 1989
box
1991/038-4 Internal Audit [Section]:
Administrative, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Ernst and Whinney Report, 1988
State Auditor Report, 1989
Fiscal Year 1990 Plan, 1989
Personnel, 1989
[2 folders]
Invitations, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Order/Report, 1985-1988
Organizational Chart, 1985-1989
Phone Calls Documented, 1988-1989
Profs [Conversation notes], 1988-1989
box
1991/038-5 Publications [by SBI], 1989
Reading File:
1991/038-5 Mail Log, 1987-1988
September 1988
October 1988
November 1988
December 1988
January 1989
February 1989
March 1989
April 1989
May 1989
box
1991/038-6 June 1989
July 1989
August 1989
Speeches, 1989
Strategic Plan [1990-1993], 1989
Statutory Implementation, 1988-1989



 

Program files, 1986-1989,
9.5 cubic ft.

These records reflect the commissioner's supervision of the agency's four main programs: Administrative Services, Compliance, Financial, and Regulated Lines and Licensing. Under Administrative Services are budget, personnel and purchasing records. Topic files in the Compliance program include open records requests and public inquiries or complaints against agents and companies. Files from the Financial program consist mostly of the activities of the Conservation and Liquidation sections as they worked with damaged or insolvent insurers. The bulk of the program files are from Regulated Lines and Licensing and its efforts to administer licensing functions for casualty, life, and property insurance including workers' compensation and health maintenance organizations. The records are dated from 1986 to 1989.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Insurance--Texas--State supervision.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Insurance--1986-1989.
Reports--Texas--Insurance--1986-1989.
Budgets--Texas--Insurance--1986-1989.
Administrative records--Texas--Insurance--1986-1989.
Functions:
Regulating insurance.
box
1991/038-6 Program files - Administrative Services:
General, 1988-1989
Agency Logo, 1988
Budget, FY 1988, 1988-1989
Budget, FY 1989, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Budget, Performance Measures, 1989
box
1991/038-7 Data Processing:
Information Center, 1988-1989
IRM [Information Resource Management], 1988
Long Range Plan, 1988
Evaluation, 1988
Steering Committee, 1985-1989
Operating Services:
Accounting, 1988-1989
Building:
Move, 1988-1989
Republic Plaza Lease, 1988-1989
Safety/Security, 1988-1989
Space, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Copier, 1988
Mail, 1988-1989
Personnel:
Administrative, 1986-1989
Applicants, 1988-1989:
A-F
G-N
O-Z
At Will Employees, 1989
Child Care, 1989
Classification Review, 1989
Commendation, 1988-1989
box
1991/038-8 Compensatory Time, 1986-1989
Coordinator, 1987-1989
Disciplinary Action, 1987-1989
EEO [Equal Employment Opportunity], 1988-1989
Evaluation, 1988-1989
FLSA [Fair Labor Standards Act], 1989
Grievance, 1988-1989
Insurance Group, 1988-1989
Job Posting, 1988-1989
Law Suit, 1988-1989
Legal, 1989
Leave, 1988-1989
Overtime, 1988-1989
Parking, 1988-1989
Policies and Procedures, 1989
Relatives, 1989
Resignations/Terminations, 1988-1989
Speaking Engagement, 1988-1989
Transfers, 1988-1989
Travel, 1987-1989
Tuition Reimbursement Policy, 1989
box
1991/038-9 Printing, 1988-1989
Property, 1988
Purchasing:
General, 1988-1989
Section 3.09, FY 1989 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Section 3.09, FY 1988, 1988
Computer, 1988-1989
Mainframe, 1988
Minority Business, 1988-1989
Procedures, 1988-1989
Record Retention, 1988-1989
Tax Collection, 1988-1989
Telephone, 1988-1989
box
1991/038-10 Program files - Compliance:
Legal Services:
Open Records, 1988-1989
[3 folders]
Enforcement, 1989
Fraud, 1988-1989
Proposition 103, 1989
Market Conduct:
Complaint Statistics, 1988-1989
Examinations, 1988-1989
Public Inquiries, 1988-1989:
A
B
C
D
E-F
G
H
I-J
box
1991/038-11 K-L
M
N
O
P-Q
R
S
T-U
V
W, X, Y, Z
Reports, 1988-1989
Unauthorized Insurance, 1989
Program files - Financial:
Administrative, 1988-1989
Conservation
[2 folders]:
General, 1988-1989
Kubula/Massengale, 1987-1988
Profs [memos], 1988-1989
box
1991/038-12 Reports, 1988-1989
[3 folders]
Corporate Affairs:
Examinations, 1988-1989
Reinsurance, 1988-1989
Statement Analysis, 1988-1989
Liquidation:
Administrative, 1987-1989
Appointment of Liquidator, 1985-1989
Outside Attorney, 1988-1989
Receivership, 1988-1989
Reserve Actuary, 1988-1989
Program files - Regulated Lines & Licensing:
Bank Insurance, 1989
Casualty:
Administrative, 1989
Auto, 1988-1989
Liability, General, 1988-1989
Liability, Professional, 1988-1989
Loss Control, 1989
Title, 1987-1989
box
1991/038-13 Workers' Compensation 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Summary Research Papers of the Joint Select Committee on Workers' Compensation Insurance, 1988
Foreign Admissions, 1989
Fraternal, 1989
Licensing:
Administrative, 1988-1989
box
1991/038-13 Agents, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Continuing Education, 1987-1989
ETS [Educational Testing Service], 1988-1989
ETS Contract, 1988
Individual Agents, 1988-1989
[3 folders]
Testing, 1988
Company, 1989
box
1991/038-14 HMO [Health Maintenance Organizations], 1989
Insurance Lines - TPA [Third Party Administrators], 1988-1989
Legal - Prepaid, 1989
Premium Finance, 1989
Risk Retention, 1988-1989
Surplus Lines, 1987-1989
TPA [Third Party Administrators], 1988-1989
TPA - Administrative Services Tax, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Life Group:
General, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Advertising, 1989
AIDS, 1988-1989
A & H [Accident & Health] - Credit Life, 1988-1989
A & H - Group Life, 1987-1989
box
1991/038-15 A & H [Accident & Health] - Individual, 1988
A & H - Mandated Benefits, 1988
A & H - Medicare, 1988-1989
[3 folders]
Senior Citizens, 1989
CCRF [Continuing Care Retirement Facilities], 1988-1989
Funeral/Pre-paid, 1988
Policy Approval, 1988
Property:
Administrative, 1988-1989
Windstorm, 1988-1989
Consumer Protection, 1988



 
box
1991/038-15 State and federal government, 1986-1989,
9.1 cubic ft.
The commissioner's files on government agencies and legislators date from 1986 to 1989, and are divided between the state and federal levels. On the state level, files of correspondence with Texas legislators are arranged alphabetically. The commissioner also kept detailed records of proposed legislation in the 71st Texas Legislature on insurance-related matters. Other state files consist of correspondence with various agencies and officials on a wide range of topics. Federal files consist mainly of incoming constituent correspondence to the Texas Senate delegation on insurance-related matters referred to the Insurance Board.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Insurance--Texas--State supervision.
Insurance law--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Insurance--1986-1989.
Legislative records--Texas--Insurance--1986-1989
Functions:
Regulating insurance.
box
1991/038-16 State:
Legislation - Proposed, 71st Legislature:
Joint Committees, 1986-1989
Medicare Supplement:
General, 1989
Bill Drafts and Comments, 1989
Legal Opinion - Limits to Rule Making Authority, Proposed Article 3.74, 1989
Rule Making Authority, 1988-1989
Staff Comments, 1988-1989
Issues, 1988
[2 folders]
House Bills, 1989:
H.B. 1 - 206
H.B. 212 - 500
H.B. 501 - 832
H.B. 843 - 1100
H.B. 1101 - 1500
box
1991/038-17 H.B. 1501 - 2000
H.B. 2001 - 2500
H.B. 2501 - 3000
H.B. 3001 - 3500
Senate Bills, 1989:
S.B. 1 - 250
S.B. 251 - 375
S.B. 376 - 500
S.B. 501 - 800
S.B. 801 - 1000
S.B. 1001 - 1500
S.B. 1501 - 2000
Joint Committee Bills, 1989
Legislative Inquiry Report, 1988
box
1991/038-18 AITC [Automated Information & Telecommunications Council], 1988-1989
Attorney General:
Administrative - General, 1988-1989
Attorneys - Outside, 1988-1989
Companies, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Contract/Interagency, 1988-1989
Expert Witness, 1988-1989
Inquiries, 1988-1989
Law Suits/SBI [State Board of Insurance] Employees, 1989
[3 folders]
Open Records, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Opinion, 1989
Referral, 1987-1989
Workers' Compensation/SBI Rate, 1989
box
1991/038-19 Auditor, 1988-1989
[3 folders]
Bar of Texas, 1988
Comptroller, 1988-1989
ERS [Employees Retirement System], 1988-1989
Governor:
Administrative 1987-1989
[2 folders]
Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 1988
Budget, 1988-1989
Commission for Women, 1988-1989
Emergency Management Plan, 1988
Executive Development Plan, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Health Department, 1988-1989
Industrial Accident Board, 1989
LBB [Legislative Budget Board], 1988-1989
[2 folders]
box
1991/038-20 Lieutenant Governor, 1988-1989
Purchasing and General Services Commission:
General, 1988-1989
Travel, 1988-1989
Railroad Commission, 1988-1989
Rehabilitation Commission, 1989
Secretary of State, 1988-1989
Special Task Force on Delivery of Rural Health Care - Subcommittee on OB/Liability, 1988
Sunset Commission, 1987-1988
Treasurer, 1988-1989
Water Commission, 1988
State Representatives, 1988-1989:
A - B
C
Cavazos, Eddie
[3 folders]
D - E
F - G
Gavin, Tom, Chairman, House Insurance Committee
box
1991/038-21 Gavin, Tom, Chairman, House Insurance Committee [3 folders] (continued)
H
J - L
M - O
P
[2 folders]
R
S
[2 folders]
T
U, V, W
box
1991/038-22 State Senators, 1988-1989:
A
B - D
E - G
H
J - K
L
M
Montford, John T.
[3 folders]
P - R
U - Z
box
1991/038-23 Legislators - Committees:
House Appropriations Committee, 1988-1989
House Insurance Committee, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
House Insurance Committee, Budget and Oversight Subcommittee, 1988
Senate Committee on State Affairs - Investigation and Gee, 1989
Senate Finance Committee, 1989
Senate Finance Subcommittee on SBI [State Board of Insurance] Budget, 1989
Federal:
Representatives, 1988-1989:
A
C - W
Wright, Jim - Speaker of the House
Senators, 1988-1989:
Bentsen, Lloyd - Filed by Constituent:
A - Bi
Bl - C
D - F
box
1991/038-24 G
H - I
J - K
L - Mc
M
N - P
R
S
T - V
W - Z
Graham, Phil:
A - L
M - Z
box
1991/038-25 Other Officials:
House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, 1988-1989
COBRA [Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985], 1989
Other State's Insurance Departments, 1987-1989



 

Associations, 1988-1989,
0.37 cubic ft.

The commissioner kept brief, topical files on various insurance-related associations and employee unions. These records date from 1988 to 1989.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Insurance--Texas--State supervision.
Functions:
Regulating insurance.
box
1991/038-25 Consumers Union, 1988-1989
CEA [Coalition of Exclusive Agents], 1988
IIA [Independent Insurance Agents], 1988
NAII [National Association of Independent Insurers], 1989
PIA [Professional Insurance Agents], 1988-1989
TALU [Texas Association of Life Underwriters], 1988-1989
TCPIA [Texas Catastrophe Property Insurance Association], 1989
TEIA [Texas Employers Insurance Association], 1988
TLIA [Texas Life Insurance Association], 1989
TLROA [Texas Legal Reserve Officials Association], 1989
TPEA [Texas Public Employees Association], 1988-1989
TSBAA [Texas State Agency Business Administrator's Association], 1988
TSEU [Texas State Employees Union], 1988
TSLA [Texas Surplus Lines Association], 1988-1989