H.B. No. 1912
  relating to employment of a statewide data coordinator in the
  Department of Information Resources.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 2054, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 2054.0286 to read as follows:
         Sec. 2054.0286.  STATEWIDE DATA COORDINATOR. (a)  The
  executive director, using existing department funds, shall employ a
  statewide data coordinator to:
               (1)  improve the control and security of information
  collected by state agencies;
               (2)  promote between state agencies the sharing of
  information, including customer information; and
               (3)  reduce information collection costs incurred by
  this state.
         (b)  The statewide data coordinator shall develop and
  implement best practices among state agencies to:
               (1)  improve interagency information coordination;
               (2)  reduce duplicative information collection;
               (3)  increase accountability and ensure compliance
  with statutes and rules requiring agencies to share information;
               (4)  improve information management and analysis to
  increase information security, uncover fraud and waste, reduce
  agency costs, improve agency operations, and verify compliance with
  applicable laws;
               (5)  encourage agencies to collect and post on the
  agencies' Internet websites information related to agency
  functions that is in an open file format and is machine-readable,
  exportable, and easily accessible by the public; and
               (6)  encourage the evaluation of open document formats
  for storing data and documents generated by state agencies.
         (c)  Each state agency shall cooperate with the statewide
  data coordinator in fulfilling the requirements of this section.
         (d)  This section expires September 1, 2021.
         SECTION 2.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, the executive director of the Department of
  Information Resources shall employ a statewide data coordinator as
  required by Section 2054.0286, Government Code, as added by this
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 1912 was passed by the House on April
  23, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 1912 on May 27, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 0,
  2 present, not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 1912 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 24, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________