Finance Committee

Wednesday, 9:00am, April 5, 2006

Commission Hearing Room
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Item No. Subject Public Hearing Agenda Item No.
  Approve previous Committee Meeting minutes.  
1. Land and Water Plan Update
Staff: Robert Cook
Committee Only
2. Financial Overview
  • Update on Rider 27, Appropriations Act
  • Request to Exceed Capital Budget Transfer Limitations
  • Update on the Strategic Plan
  • Update on the Legislative Appropriations Request

Staff: Mary Fields
Committee, 19
3. License Assessment Efforts
Staff: Larry McKinney, Kim Dudish
Committee Only
4. Target Range Grants
Staff: Steve Hall
2
5. Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Policy Amendments –
Resolution (Policy No. CP-014 Naming Department Lands and Features)
Staff: Darcy Bontempo
5

Committee Agenda Item No. 1
Presenter: Robert L. Cook

Finance Committee
Land and Water Plan Update
April 2006

I. Executive Summary: Executive Director Robert L. Cook will briefly update the Commission on the status of the agency’s efforts to implement the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (the Plan).

II. Discussion: In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature directed that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) develop a Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Tex. Park & Wild. Code §11.104). In November 2002, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (the Commission) adopted the first Plan. A revised Plan was adopted by the Commission in January 2005. The Plan is available on the TPWD web site. Executive Director Robert L. Cook will update the Finance Committee on TPWD’s recent progress in achieving the Plan’s Goals and Objectives as they relate to the Finance Committee.

The Plan consists of 8 Goals and a total of 56 Objectives. The Goals stated in the Plan are as follows:


Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Presenter: Mary Fields

Finance Committee
Financial Overview
April 2006

I. Executive Summary: Staff will present a financial overview of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

II. Discussion:


Committee Agenda Item No. 3
Presenter: Larry McKinney
Kim Dudish

Finance Committee
License Assessment Efforts
April 2006

I. Executive Summary: Staff will discuss the progress of the License Simplification Team and will also discuss the positive and negative aspects of continuing to contract with an outside vendor for license sales or set up an in-house License Sales System.

II. Discussion: Two teams are reviewing aspects of how we manage our license system. One team is looking at cost associated with the development and delivery of a custom built License Sales System for recreational and commercial licenses. A second team has reviewed the array of licenses with the objective of reducing the overall number and simplifying those for both the customer and systems development. Staff will also discuss the highlights of vendor responses to the Request for Information (RFI) for a new automated License Sales System.


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