Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Governor Rick Perry:

An Inventory of Governor's Office of Financial Accountability Records at the Texas State Archives, 1999-2014, undated



Overview

Creator: Texas. Governor (2000-2015 : Perry)
Title: Governor's Office of Financial Accountability records
Dates: 1999-2014, undated
Abstract: The Texas Office of Financial Accountability (OFA), a division of the Governor's Office, promoted open and accountable government and assisted state agencies and institutions of higher education to do the same. Records of the OFA created and maintained during Governor Rick Perry's term of office include correspondence, news clippings, reports, presentations, plans, legal documents, meeting agenda, and memorandums, that date 1999-2014 and undated. Subjects include impressions of the Governor's Office of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), ways the office sought to shape how Texas would use federal funding, internal and external discussions regarding compliance and monitoring issues, creation of reports to and from agencies receiving funds, and information about ARRA sent to or from the Governor's Office.
Quantity: 2.5 cubic ft. and 505.84 MB (1,903 files)
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Agency History

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state, elected by the citizens every four years. The duties and responsibilities of the governor include serving as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces; convening special sessions of the legislature for specific purposes; delivering to the legislature at the beginning of each regular session a report on the condition of the state, an accounting of all public money under the governor's control, a recommended biennial budget, an estimate of the amounts of money required to be raised by taxation, and any recommendations he deems necessary; signing or vetoing bills passed by the legislature; and executing the laws of the state. The governor can grant reprieves and commutations of punishment and pardons, upon the recommendation of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and revoke conditional pardons. He appoints numerous state officials (with the consent of the senate), fills vacancies in state and district offices (except vacancies in the legislature), calls special elections to fill vacancies in the legislature, fills vacancies in the United States Senate until an election can be held, and serves as ex officio member of several state boards.

The office of governor was first established by the Constitution of 1845 and superseded the office of president of the Republic of Texas. The position now exists under authority of Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of 1876 and Texas Government Code, Chapter 401. To be elected governor, a person must be at least thirty years old, a United States citizen, and a resident of Texas for at least five years preceding the election. In 1972, the term of office was extended from two to four years, effective in 1975. Since 1856 the governor has had the use of the Governor's Mansion.

In 2014 there were 277.4 full time equivalent employees in the Office of the Governor. Nineteen divisions outside of the Executive Office assist the governor in carrying out his functions: Scheduling and Advance; Office of the First Lady; Administration; Appointments; Legislative; Communications; Budget, Planning, and Policy; General Counsel; Internal Audit; Constituent Communication; Criminal Justice; Economic Development and Tourist Development; Governor's Commission for Women; Office of Financial Accountability; Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities; Texas Film Commission; Texas Music Office; Texas Workforce Investment Council; and Office of State-Federal Relations.

The Texas Office of Financial Accountability (OFA) promoted compliance with Texas Executive Order RP-36 (issued July 12, 2004 to encourage efficient and honest governance), improved responses to the State Auditor's Office Statewide Single Audit, undertook projects to improve state compliance and responses to audit findings, assisted agencies to decrease the severity and frequency of issues discovered during the audit process, responded to federal and state audits and inquiries made to the Governor's Office in regard to the state's use of state and federal funds, and alerted state entities to changes in federal guidance that impact the management of federal funds.

The OFA began as a response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, often shortened to ARRA or the Recovery Act, (H.R. 1, 111th Congress, 2009-2010), and initially involved members within the governor's executive office to coordinate state efforts. Soon after, the Texas ARRA working group, which was also called the Stimulus Working Group, was formed to ensure compliance with the appropriate reporting guidelines. The working group assisted state agencies affected by ARRA—most notably education, health, public safety, and transportation-related agencies. Also, the working group collaborated with and testified in front of the Texas House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding during the 81st Texas Legislature (2009-2010).

On August 10, 2010, President Barack Obama signed an emergency $10 billion education jobs fund into effect (Public Law 111-226, H.R. 1586, 111th Congress, 2009-2010). Part of this law declared that the states must use the funds for teacher retention and hiring during 2009-2010 school year and each state's governor had to submit an application. States also had to provide an assurance within 30 days to the U.S. Secretary of Education that state's education spending for the 2011 fiscal year would equal or exceed spending levels for the 2009 fiscal year. U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, representing the 25th District (covering portions of Bastrop and Travis counties and all of Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Gonzales, Hays and Lavaca counties), authored an amendment stating that Texas also had to provide assurances that the monies would be used in elementary and secondary education as well as assure supplemental funding through the 2013 fiscal year. No other state was required to provide these assurances. Texas Republicans, and the ARRA working group, responded that this could not be done due to the Texas Constitution's statues on binding future legislatures on funding issues (Texas Constitution, Article 3, Section 6). The amendment was repealed during the 2011 U.S. Congressional budget stopgap negotiations, which prevented a federal government shut-down.

During fiscal year 2011, the State Grants Team within the Governor's Office of Budget, Planning, and Policy was disbanded and its functions were transferred to the Texas ARRA working group. In late 2011, the ARRA working group began calling itself the Fiscal Accountability Unit and OFA interchangeably. These name changes reflect the shift from monitoring ARRA compliance to assisting, improving, and auditing state projects that use state or federal funds. The OFA was disbanded in January 2015, at the end of Governor Rick Perry's term. As of 2016, the Office of Compliance and Monitoring, which is part of the Administration Division of the Governor's Office, monitors grantees and awardees to make sure that they are meeting funding milestones.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); Office of the Governor Workforce Summary; accessed on June 3, 2015; various United States laws; correspondence with the Office of the Governor on January 25, 2016; and the records themselves.)


Rick Perry Biographical Sketch

Rick Perry served as governor of Texas from December 20, 2000 to January 20, 2015.

James Richard "Rick" Perry was the 47th governor of Texas. He was born on March 4, 1950 in Haskell, Texas to Joseph Ray Perry and Amelia June (Holt) Perry. In 1972, he received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in animal science. Perry then served as a pilot with the United States Air Force from 1972 to 1977 and was discharged in 1977 with the rank of captain. Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives (District 64) as a Democrat in 1984 and served until 1991. He was named one of the 10 most effective lawmakers by the Dallas Morning News in 1989. In the same year, Perry changed his party allegiance, becoming a Republican. Perry left the House of Representatives to serve two terms as Commissioner of Agriculture, from 1991 to 1999. He was a member of the U.S. Trade Representative's Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on International Trade; the executive committee, Southern U.S. Trade Association; and president of the Southern Association of Trade Departments of Agriculture (from 1992 to 1993). He was elected lieutenant governor in 1998, taking office in January of 1999. Perry became governor to complete the term of Governor George W. Bush who left the office in December 2000 to become president of the United States. Perry was first elected governor of Texas on November 5, 2002 and then reelected on November 7, 2006 and November 2, 2010.

As governor, Perry focused primarily on issues of economy, education, and security, especially along the Texas-Mexico border. He espoused fiscal conservatism, opposing a state income tax and focusing on job growth and business incentives throughout his governorship. As the longest serving Texas governor, Perry capitalized on the main power assigned to him by the Texas Constitution, appointing the majority of sitting members of every state board or commission. In the field of healthcare, Perry signed several bills governing abortion procedures and funding. Perry issued an executive order mandating that all Texas girls receive the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine on February 2, 2007. The order was overturned by the state legislature the following August.

On August 13, 2011, Perry announced he would be running for president in 2012. However, after a controversial campaign and a low showing in the Iowa caucuses, Perry dropped out of the presidential race on January 19, 2012. Perry later ran for president again, announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on June 4, 2015. He officially suspended his campaign on September 11, 2015.

On August 15, 2014, Perry was indicted by a grand jury on felony charges for abuse of power. The indictment specifically included two charges: abuse of official capacity (a first-degree felony) and coercion of a public servant (a third-degree felony). Perry was accused of coercing Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg (who had been convicted of drunk driving) to resign by threatening to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit, a group of state public corruption prosecutors. His defense maintains that these actions were within the scope of the gubernatorial powers. The indictment for coercion of a public official was dropped on July 24, 2015. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed abuse-of-official-capacity charges on February 24, 2016.

Perry married Anita Thigpen in 1982. They have two children, Griffin and Sydney.

(Sources include: Texas State Directory, 2014; the Texas Governor's Office website during Governor Perry's term at http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on December 22, 2014; the Texas Governor's Office website during Governor Perry's term at https://wayback.archive-it.org/414/*/http:/www.governor.state.tx.us/homeland, dated November 17, 2014; Jeff Zeleny and Michael D. Shear, "Perry to End Bid for Presidency," New York Times, January 19, 2012, accessed on January 19, 2012; Theodore Schleifer, "Rick Perry drops out of 2016 presidential race - CNNPolitics.com," CNN, September 11, 2015, accessed on September 13, 2015; Benjy Sarlin, "Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power by grand jury," MSNBC, August 12, 2014, accessed on August 17, 2014; and Eugene Scott, "Court dismisses one criminal charge against Perry," CNN, July 24, 2015, accessed on July 26, 2015.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Office of Financial Accountability (OFA) promoted open and accountable government by improving responses to the Texas State Auditor's Office Statewide Single Audit, undertook projects to improve state compliance and responses to audit findings, assisted agencies and institutions of higher education to decrease the severity and frequency of issues discovered during the audit process, responded to federal and state audits and inquires made to the Governor's Office in regard to Texas' use of state and federal funds, and alerted state entities to changes in federal guidance that impacts their management of federal funds. Records include correspondence, news clippings, reports, presentations, plans, legal documents, meeting agenda, and memorandums. Records date 1999-2014, and undated. Paper records date 2009-2012, undated, bulk 2009-2010. Electronic records date 1999-2014. Subjects include impressions of the Governor's Office of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), ways the office sought to shape how Texas would use federal funding, internal and external discussions regarding compliance and monitoring issues, creation of reports to and from agencies receiving funds, and information about ARRA sent to or from the Governor's Office. Also present are discussions on how to interpret ARRA transparency reporting guidelines, as outlined in Section 1512 of Recovery Act; comments on Texas' use of funds; impressions of federal officials, especially U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; and interactions between the ARRA working group with federal agencies and state entities—in particular the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Education Agency, and the Texas House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding.

Administrative correspondence, 2009-2014 and undated, documents communication between the OFA and how the office assisted agencies to response to ARRA as well as problems encountered while complying with federal requirements. Types of records include correspondence and accompanying documents such as reports, program summaries, executive summaries, memorandums, agenda, talking points, budgets, forms, presentations, white papers, project time lines, and news clippings. Subjects include proposed uses of ARRA monies, questions and answers about the use of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund for education, the impact of federal economic stimulus provisions on Texas state government programs, rules and laws dealing with ARRA's effect on Texas, accountability and reporting issues, vendor and transparency tool proposals, perspectives on U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett's amendment to the EduJobs Bill (H.R. 1586, 111th Congress, 2009-2010) and its effect on the state, and the working group's relationship with the Texas House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding and its chair Representative Jim Dunnam.

General correspondence, 2009-2011, consists of communications addressed to or from Governor Rick Perry regarding ARRA documenting high-level ARRA activities and impressions. Records include correspondence and accomplanying documents such as reports, tracking tool data, time lines, news clippings, and memorandums of understanding. Subjects include the use of state stabilization funds; ARRA's effect on education, environment, transportation, and public health programs; reporting activities; and plans and comments on how Texas would spend federal recovery monies.

Office of Financial Accountability plans and planning records, 2007-2014, reflect projects the OFA undertook to improve state agency and institutions of higher education compliance with federal and state open government initiatives as well as background information gathered to plan for these projects. Record types include correspondence, reports including audit reports, summaries, budgets, memorandums, time lines, agenda, meeting attachments, audits, presentations, questionnaire responses, and contact lists. Subjects include information about specific federal or state funding projects, the fund reporting process and tools, available grants, background information about specific programs, and regional planning committee activities. These records document how the Governor's Office planned on complying with ARRA.

State Grants Team plans and planning records, 1999-2011, document efforts to help organizations and Texans identify appropriate sources of funding as well as provide technical support in obtaining these funds. Records include correspondence, reports, guides, work flows, enabling legislation, risk assessments, and other planning documents. Subjects revolve around the role of the Grants Team, the audit risk of entities receiving federal or state funds, and the operation of the Texas Review and Comment System. These records were transfered by the Governor's Budget, Policy, and Planning Office to the OFA for reference.

Reports, 2008-2012 and undated, consist of reports of state agencies spending ARRA funds, audit reports from the federal government for Texas and other states, and reports generated by the OFA dealing with the reporting process. Record types include reports, correspondence, meeting agenda, and preparatory notes for meetings. This series primarily reveals the OFA staff's thoughts on the reporting process and education spending.

Meeting minutes and agenda, 2008-2012, undated, document OFA's activities through meeting agenda, meeting summaries, briefing materials, talking points and notes, memorandums, contact lists, reports and correspondence. Records correspond to various types of meetings and cover topics such as the reporting process, the evolving role of the working group, the distribution of education funds and the relationship between the OFA and federal government.

Litigation, 2009-2011, reflects the legal actions and discussion had by OFA in response to U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett's amendment to the EDUJobs Bill. Record types include correspondence, reports, memorandums, court briefs, clippings, legislative records, background information, transcripts, and talking points. Subjects reflected include the OFA's reactions to and actions taken to overturn the Doggett amendment, perspectives of state education agencies and associations on education funding, and reports on how Texas spent funds prior to 2010.

Correspondence for this division of the Governor's Office may exist that is not represented in this finding aid. Beginning in 2009, most correspondence generated or received by the Governor's Office is in electronic form only. In addition, all correspondence not already in electronic form has been scanned without attachments by the Governor's Office. The original correspondence in paper form may no longer be present. A searchable electronic database of this correspondence is available. To access this database, please contact Archives staff.

Electronic records described in the finding aid that are part of the Texas Digital Archive are indicated as such in the inventory. Restrictions on access to the content of records are applicable to paper and electronic records.

Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf), email (.msg), spreadsheets (.xls., xlsx), photographs and graphic images (.jpg, .tif, .gif, .png), databases (.mdb), slide presentations (.ppt), web pages (.htm, .html), and desktop publishing files (.pmd). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets and .jpg for photographic or graphic images. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.

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

The records are organized into seven series:
Administrative correspondence, 2009-2014, undated, 1.25 cubic ft. and 234 MB (340 files)
General correspondence, 2009-2011, 0.4 cubic ft.
Office of Financial Accountability plans and planning records, 2007-2014, 258.2 MB (1,465 files)
State Grants Team plans and planning records, 1999-2011, 13.5 MB (97 files)
Reports, 2008-2012, undated, 0.4 cubic ft.
Meeting minutes and agenda, 2008-2012, undated, 0.25 cubic ft. and 136 KB (1 file)
Litigation, 2009-2011, 0.2 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Paper materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Paper materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147); home addresses, phone numbers and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, 552.137); attorney-client working papers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107); confidentiality of government information related to security or infrastructure issues for computers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.139); audit working papers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.116); and communication between a member of the legislature and the Texas Legislative Budget Board (Texas Government Code, Section 552.146), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Records series described in this finding aid have access restrictions specific to them, which are included in the series-level description.

Types of restricted information as listed above apply to paper and electronic records. Some electronic records will not be available through our portal due to such restrictions. Please see Archives staff for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Working Group.
Texas. Financial Accountability Unit.
Texas. Governor's Budget, Policy, and Planning Office. State Grants Team.
Texas. Office of Financial Accountability.
Subjects (Persons):
Doggett, Lloyd Alton II, 1946-
Duncan, Arne
Dunnam, Jim (James Robert), 1963-
Subjects (Organizations):
Texas Education Agency.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives.Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Subjects:
Federal aid--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Governors--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Transparency in government--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1999-2014, undated.
Texas--Economic stabilitization--1999-2014, undated.
Document Types:
Agenda (administrative records)--Transparency in government--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Clippings (information artifacts)--Transparency in government--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Correspondence--Transparency in government--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Digital file formats--Transparency in government--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Legal documents--Transparency in government--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Memorandums--Transparency in government--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Plans (reports)--Transparency in government--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Presentations (communicative events)--Transparency in government--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Reports--Transparency in government--Texas--1999-2014, undated.
Functions:
Promote open and transparent government.
Provide guidance to state agencies.

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 Governor's Budget, Policy, and Planning Office records, 1995-2015, undated, bulk 2010-2014 [Especially the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) files, 2006-2014, 0.33 cubic ft. and 7.35 MB (26 files)]
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding, 2009 1 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call number is 2011/164.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Governor's Office of Financial Accountability records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2015/067, 2015/117

Paper records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on December 19, 2014 through March 2015. Electronic records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Anna M. Reznik, March 2016

Appraisal Information

An electronic folder labeled "Mike's Projects" were transferred with Office of Financial Accountability records. It was determined that this folder, and its contents, had been misplaced and are described in the Governor Rick Perry Executive Office records, 1979-2015, undated, bulk 2000-2014 finding aid.


Other Finding Aids

Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Administrative correspondence, 2009-2014, undated,
1.25 cubic ft. and 234 MB (340 files)

Administrative correspondence of the Texas Office of Financial Accountability (OFA) documents how the OFA promoted open and accountable government as well as problems encountered during the course of these duties. Types of records include correspondence and accompanying documents such as reports, program summaries, executive summaries, memorandums, agenda, talking points, budgets, forms, presentations, white papers, project time lines, and news clippings. Records date 2009-2014, undated. Paper records date 2009-2011, and undated, and electronic records date 2010-2014. Subjects include proposed uses of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, questions and answers about the use of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund for education, impacts of federal economic stimulus provisions on Texas state government programs, rules and laws dealing with ARRA's effect on Texas, accountability and reporting issues, vendor and tool proposals, perspectives on U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett's amendment to the EduJobs Bill and its effect on the state, and the working group's relationship with the House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding and its chairman Senator Jim Dunnam. Paper records in this series document mostly internal duties of the office while electronic records document mostly external duties of the office. Paper records largely deal with ARRA functions while electronic records reflect the OFA's shift from monitoring ARRA compliance to assisting, improving and auditing state projects that use state or federal funds.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf), email (.msg), spreadsheets (.xls., xlsx), photographs and graphic images (.jpg, .gif, .png), and web pages images (.htm, .html). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets, and .jpg for photographic or graphic images. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
Arrangement
Paper records are arranged as received. Electronic records are arranged alphabetically by file name.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative correspondence, Governor's Office of Financial Accountability records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2015/067, 2015/117
Paper records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on December 19, 2014 through March 2015. Electronic records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147); home addresses, phone numbers and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, 552.137); attorney-client working papers (Texas Government Code, Section5 52.107); confidentiality of government information related to security or infrastructure issues for computers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.139); audit working papers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.116); and communication between a member of the legislature and the Texas Legislative Budget Board (Texas Government Code, Section 552.146), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).
Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General. Types of restricted information as listed above apply to paper and electronic records. Some electronic records will not be available through our portal due to such restrictions. Please see Archives staff for further information.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Box
2015/067-2824 SFSF (State Fiscal Stabilization Fund), 2011
[binder]
Initial guidance for states on the Education Jobs Fund Program, 2011-2012
Proposal for the Office of Governor to continue operating its ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Financial Accountability Unit in 2012-2013
Doggett, 2011
SFSF - Article 12, 2009
30.7 LBB (Legislative Budget Board), 2009
30.71 School Impact Grant, 2010
30.72 Education Head Start, 2009
MAXIMUS, 2010
SFSF – GSF (Government Services Fund), 2009
ARRA Government Services Fund Proposed Reallocation of Formula Funding, October 14, 2009
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, 2009
Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, 2009-2010
ARRA Audit Tracking Tool, 2010
30.61 RATB (Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board), 2010, undated
State Small Business Credit Initiative, about 2010
Doggett, 2010
Constituent letter, 2009
Request for bids for project management office about 2009
Doggett, 2010
Section 1512, 2009
Fiscal Survey of States, June 2010
ARRA questions, 2009
DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System), 2009
30.43 TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), 2009-2010
30.41 Chapter 15 (Title 15 of ARRA – Accountability and Transparency), undated
30.46 Housing/TDHCA (Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs), 2009, undated
GAO (Government Accountability Office)/Law Enforcement, 2010
Stimulus TEA (Texas Education Agency), undated
30.37 FSTAB (Fiscal Stabilization), 2009
Stimulus, 2009
30.35 Administration, 2009-2010
Draft GAO Recovery Act Report, September 2009
Questions from Senator McConnell on recovery funds, 2009
Comments on GAO report, undated
30.34 Homeland Security, 2009
30.45 Bidders, 2009
[2 folders]
30.53 CJD (Criminal Justice Division), 2009-2010, undated
30.52 SWCAP (Statewide Cost Allocation Plan), 2010
30.39 Recovery bonds, 2009-2010
OMB (Office of Management and Budget), 2009
UI (Unemployment Insurance), 2009
Education – Race to the Top, 2009, undated
30.05 Agency administration costs, 2009
30.73 Workforce Commission, 2010
30.10 THECB (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board), 2009-2010, undated
30.75 Doggett, 2010
30.24 Energy, 2009-2010
[Folder also contains materials presented to the Texas House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding.]
Texas Export Financial Assistance Guarantee Program, 2009
Public universities, 2009, undated
Overview of 2008 State Hurricane Expenditures and Federal Funding Assistance, 2009
GAO, 2009
Stimulus – Energy, 2009
30.48 SAO (State Auditor's Office), 2009
Preliminary conference agreement stimulus allocations, 2009
30.50 DIR (Department of Information Resources), 2009
30.27 HIT (Health Information Technology), 2009-2010, undated
30.23 MAXIMUS, 2009-2010
30.29 Transportation, 2009
GAO – 2nd Report, 2009
30.02 Stimulus overview, 2009
30.6 OMB, 2009
30.7 U.S. Department of Education, 2010
30.71 Race to the Top, 2010
30.79 Budget, 2010
30.01 Flow chart, 2009
[Folder contents deals with the flow of money from various funding sources.]
Stimulus – Education, 2009
Box
2015/067-2825 30.78 Dunnam Committee, 2010
30.82 Committee report, 2010
ARRA TEA, 2011
Amendment notice for federal grant award, 2011
Doggett, 2010
UI, 2009-2010
SWCAP (Statewide Cost Allocation Plan), 2010
TWDB (Texas Water Development Board), 2009
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 2011
Health and Human Services, 2009
US House Bill (HR) 1586, 2010
COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Hiring Recovery Program, 2009
ARRA federal resource, 2009
T and I (Transportation and Infrastructure) Guidance for Recovery Act, 2009
Information about tools and requests for administrative support in other states, 2009
ARRA Education SFSF Audit, about 2011
PMO (Project Management Office), 2009
Contact information, 2009
GAO, Recovery Act Section 1512 - recipient reporting, 2010
House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding, 2009
THECB, 2009
ARRA press responses, 2010
Rhode Island RFP (Request for Proposal), 2009
HIT, 2009
HHS (Health and Human Services), 2009
Talking points for House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding, 2010
ARRA certification, 2009
TDHCA, 2009
Office of the Governor's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Fourth Quarter Report of 2009, 2010
Education, 2009-2010
Texas Water Development Board, 2009
Executive Summary on ARRA, 2009
CBPP (Center on Budget Policy Priorities) by item by state, 2009
Copy of letter to President Barack Obama from Governor Rick Perry about ARRA, 2009
Doggett, 2010
ARRA recommended guidelines for related state web pages, undated
Select Federal Economic Stimulus provisions impacting Texas state budget, 2009
Texas ARRA contacts, 2009
NASBO (National Association of State Budget Officers), 2009
Doggett Amendment, 2010
Education, 2009-2011
Office on Violence Against Women, 2009
Burgess Bill to repeal Doggett Amendment, 2010
GAO audits, 2009
ARRA recommended guidelines for related web pages, 2009
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Administrative correspondence, 2010-2014
[234 MB (340 files)]
[Folder contains correspondence in regard to the state of Texas Single Audit reports, efforts to close out of federal fund monitoring requirements, and activities of state agencies to comply with grant fund reporting.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses, home phone numbers, confidentiality of government information related to security or infrastructure issues for computers]



 

General correspondence, 2009-2011,
0.4 cubic ft.

General correspondence of the Texas Office of Financial Accountability documents higher-level American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) activities and includes correspondence to and from Governor Rick Perry, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Record types include correspondence and accompanying documents such as reports (including printouts of tracking tool queries), time lines, news clippings, and memorandum of understandings, and date from 2009 to 2011. Subjects include the use of state stabilization funds; the effect of ARRA on education, environment, transportation, and public health programs; reporting activities; and plans and comments on how Texas would spend federal recovery monies.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), General correspondence, Governor's Office of Financial Accountability records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/067
Paper records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on December 19, 2014 through March 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147); home addresses, phone numbers and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, 552.137); confidentiality of government Information related to security or infrastructure issues for computers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.139), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Technical Requirements
None.
Box
2015/067-2825 Information sent to governors about implementing ARRA, 2009-2010
Texas' application for the second phase of State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF), 2010
30.49 Broadband, 2009
Stimulus, 2009
Vice President office, 2009
Grant award notifications, 2009
Stimulus – Education, 2009-2010
30.75 Doggett, 2010
Letter about ARRA from Mark Sanford, 2009
The List, 2009
[Records relate to the Data Universal Numbering System.]
Supplemental Fiscal Year 2009 Grant Award Notice
Stimulus - Federal education, 2009
Stimulus - Education, 2009, 2011
Doggett amendment, 2010
30.40 Governor's letters, 2009-2010
30.32 Texas Water Development Board, 2009
Stimulus, 2009
GAO (Government Accountability Office)'s third bi-monthly review of Texas' planning for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, 2009
GAO's fourth bi-monthly review of Texas' planning for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, 2009
30.28 Stabilization, 2009-2010
[3 folders]
30.30 Texas Education Agency, 2009, 2011
30.42 Comptroller 2009-2010
30.16 HHSC (Texas Health and Human Services Commission), 2009-2010
30.15 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009
30.21 U.S. Department of Transportation, 2009



 

Office of Financial Accountability plans and planning records, 2007-2014,
258.2 MB (1,465 files)

The Office of Financial Accountability (OFA) plans and planning series documents projects the OFA undertook to improve state agency and institutions of higher education compliance with federal and state open government initiatives as well as background information gathered to plan for these projects. Record include correspondence, audit reports, other types of reports, summaries, budgets, memorandums, time lines, agenda, meeting attachments, presentations, questionnaire responses, and contact lists. Subjects include information about specific federal or state funding projects, the fund reporting process and tools, available grants, background information about specific programs, regional planning committee activities. Records date 1999-2014 and are electronic. Records dating prior to 2009 focus on planning activities to improve the grant funding process, ways to promote general government transparency and accountability, and actions of regional planning committees. These records document how the Governor's Office planned on complying with ARRA.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf), email (.msg), spreadsheets (.xls., xlsx), photographs and graphic images (.jpg, .tif, .gif, .png), slide presentations (.ppt), web pages (.htm, .html), and desktop publishing files (.pmd). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets and .jpg for photographic or graphic images. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by project.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Office of Financial Accountability plans and planning records, Governor's Office of Financial Accountability records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147); home addresses, phone numbers and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137; attorney-client working papers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107); audit working papers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.116), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Plans and planning records, 2013-2014
[155 MB (1,120 files)]
[Folder contents deal with various fund reporting requirements, issues agencies have encountered while performing grant monitoring tasks, and general Office of Financial Accountability (OFA)'s activities.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: home phone numbers, audit working papers, social security numbers]
Records - FAU (Financial Accountability Unit):
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Plans and planning records, 2013-2014
[160 KB (6 files)]
[Folder contents deal with the OFA's function and audit findings for Texas as well as other states.]
CACG (College Access Challenge Grant), 2007-2013
[1 MB (8 files)]
FAUST (Database name), 2012-2014
[2.2 MB (5 files)]
OMB Super Circular, 2014
[12.8 KB (1 file)
Project documents, 2011-2012
[1 MB (7 files)]
[Folder contents deal with FFATA (Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act), DATA (Digital Accountability and Transparency Act), and general Office of Financial Accountability projects.]
Records - Stimulus:
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Contact information, 2011
[172 KB (1 file)]
FBI, 2010
[30 KB (1 file)]
FederalReporting.gov, 2009-2011
[1.5 MB (4 files)]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: home phone number]
FFATA, 2010-2012
[4.1 MB (20 files)]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: home phone number]
NASBO (National Association of State Budget Officers), 2011
[182 KB (1 file)]
Requests, 2010
[70.5 KB (1 file)]
[Folder pertains to the EduJobs application process.]
Texas Regional Council, 2011
[822 KB (1 file)]
U.S. Departments, 2010-2011
[92 MB (287 files)]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: home phone number]
HHS (Human Health Services) audit list, 2014
[32 KB (1 file)]
Audit correspondence tracking file, 2012
[24 KB (1 file)]



 

State Grants Team plans and planning records, 1999-2011,
13.5 MB (97 files)

The State Grants Team with the Texas Governor's Budget, Policy, and Planning Office helped organizations and Texans identify appropriate sources of funding as well as provide technical support in obtaining these monies. Records include correspondence, reports, guides, work flows, enabling legislation, risk assessments, and other planning documents, and date 1999-2011. Subjects revolve around the role of the Grants Team, the audit risk of entities receiving federal or state funds, and the operation of the Texas Review and Comment System (TRACS). The TRACS is the clearinghouse for the grant application review process for the state. After the State Grants Team was disbanded in fiscal year 2011, its records were transferred to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Working Group, which was later named the Office of Financial Accountability.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf), email (.msg), spreadsheets (.xls., xlsx), photographs and graphic images (.tif,), and web pages (.htm, .html). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets and .jpg for photographic or graphic images. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), State Grants Team plans and planning records, Governor's Office of Financial Accountability records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/117
Electronic records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 00 - Governing legislation, 2006, 2009
[109 KB (3 files)]
1 TAC (Texas Administrative Code) rule review FY (Fiscal Year) 2010-2011, 2009
[150 KB (3 files)]
Constituent correspondence, FY 2011
[119 KB (4 files)]
Correspondence, FY 2010
[87.5 KB (3 files)]
[Correspondence appears to be similar in nature to files in the Constituent correspondence folder.]
Denise, 2010
[278 KB (6 files)]
[Denise Stines Francis was the manager of the State Grants Team in 2010. Folder contains Texas eGrants form instructions, a Intergovernmental Review form, and risk assessment questionnaires about the State Grants Team.]
FY 2010-2011 GT (Grants Team) planning, 2010
[71 KB (2 files)]
Gov's designation letters, 2009
[30.5 KB (1 file)]
Grants Team, 2002, 2004, 2008
[121 KB (3 files)]
Grants Team communication, 2010
[597 KB (5 files)]
GrantTeam, 1999-2009
[10.5 MB (62 files)]
Regarding travel contract updates - files, 2010
[1.36 MB (2 files)]
TRACS (Texas Review and Comment System), 2009
[13.2 KB (1 file)]
TRACS, 2010
[48.5 KB (1 file)]
Regarding travel contract updates, 2009
[49 KB (1 file)]



 

Reports, 2008-2012, undated,
0.4 cubic ft.

Reports of the Texas Office of Financial Accountability (OFA) document the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) fund reporting process and Texas' education expenditures. This series consists of reports of state agencies spending ARRA funds, audit reports from the federal government for Texas and other states, and reports generated by the OFA dealing with the fund monitoring process. Other record types include correspondence, meeting agenda, and preparatory notes for meetings and are dated 2008-2012 and undated.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Reports, Governor's Office of Financial Accountability, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/067
Paper records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on December 19, 2014 through March 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: home addresses, phone numbers and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); and certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, 552.137), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Box
2015/067-2825 Texas Education Agency (TEA) State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Quarterly Report to the Governor, May 6, 2011
Texas Education Agency (TEA) State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Quarterly Report to the Governor, August 5, 2011
Overview of state allocations to school districts, August 17, 2010
Education stimulus funding, March 24, 2009
Texas Education Agency (TEA) State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Quarterly Report to the Governor, February 7, 2011
Total American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Expenditures, FY 2010 thru FY 2012
Texas Education Agency (TEA) State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Final Report to the Governor, March 29, 2012
Estimated Costs to Extend ARRA/FAU support through SFY (State Fiscal Year) 2013, about 2012
30.49 RATB (Recovery Act Transparency Board), 2010
SFSF, 2009
30.5 Section 1512 reporting, 2009
30.13 Dunnam, 2010
30.09 Inspector General, 2008-2010
Education Jobs Fund, 2011
30.51 ARRA Reporting/Press, 2010, undated
30.42 Article XII, August 11, 2009
30.54 Presentations, 2009
30.6 OMB (Office of Management and Budget), undated
30.14 Dunnam Committee, 2009-2010



 

Meeting minutes and agenda, 2008-2012, undated,
0.25 cubic ft. and 136 KB (1 file)

Meeting minutes and agenda document the formal and informal discussions undertaken at internal and external meetings involving Texas Office of Financial Accountability staff. Records include meeting agenda, meeting recaps, briefing materials, talking points, notes, memorandums, contact lists, reports, and correspondence and are dated from 2008 to 2012, and undated. Topics include the reporting process, the role of the working group, education spending, and the relationship between the OFA and federal government. With the exception of one electronic file, records in this series are paper.
Format of the original electronic files is PDF.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Meeting minutes and agenda, Governor's Office of Financial Accountability records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2015/067, 2015/117
Paper records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on December 19, 2014 through March 2015. Electronic records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: home addresses, phone numbers and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, 552.137), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Box
2015/067-2826 Stimulus briefing, March 4, 2009
USDE (U.S. Department of Education), undated
Conference call with USDE, September 1, 2010
SFSF (State Fiscal Stabilization Fund), February 3, 2012
ARRA, July 3, 2012
FederalReporting.gov, January 4, 2010
30.68 FFATA (Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act), 2010
Section 1512, September 23, 2009
Workgroup summaries, 2010
ARRA – GAO (Government Accountability Office), 2009-2010
TWC (Texas Workforce Commission), 2008-2009
TEA (Texas Education Agency) - GAO, 2009, undated
30.25, March 24, 2009
30.71 Race to the Top, undated
GAO – BABs (Build America Bonds), 2009-2010
GAO Exit Conferences, 2009-2010
30.47 Agency meetings, 2009
OMB (Office of Management and Budget), 2009, undated
Stimulus – Education, 2009-2010
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Initial FAU (Financial Accountability Unit) meeting at TEA, 2011
[136 KB (1 file)]



 

Litigation, 2009-2011,
0.2 cubic ft.

This series reflect the legal actions and discussions had by Texas Office of Financial Accountability (OFA) staff in response to U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett's amendment to the EDUJobs Bill. Record types include correspondence, reports, memos, court briefs, clippings, legislative records, background information, transcripts, and talking points and date 2009-2011. Subjects reflected include the OFA's reactions to the Doggett amendment, perspectives of state education agencies and associations on education funding, actions taken by the OFA to overturn the Doggett amendment and reports on how Texas spent funds prior to 2010.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Litigation, Governor's Office of Financial Accountability records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/067
Paper records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on December 19, 2014 through March 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: home addresses, phone numbers and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, 552.137 (a)); attorney-client working papers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107(1)), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Box
2015/067-2826 30.7 Doggett, 2010
30.75 Doggett Amendment, 2010
30.11 Doggett, 2009-2011
[2 folders]
Overview of state allocations to school districts, August 17, 2010
Grant award notification, 2009
Stimulus – GAO (Government Accountability Office), April 16, 2009
Status Report on Federal Stimulus Funding, Report No. 1, February 27, 2009