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  S.B. No. 497
  relating to the creation of an office of data analytics in the
  Department of Family and Protective Services.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 40, Human Resources Code,
  is amended by adding Section 40.041 to read as follows:
         Sec. 40.041.  OFFICE OF DATA ANALYTICS. The department
  shall create an office of data analytics.  The office shall report
  to the deputy commissioner and may perform any of the following
  functions, as determined by the department:
               (1)  monitor management trends;
               (2)  analyze employee exit surveys and interviews;
               (3)  evaluate the effectiveness of employee retention
  efforts, including merit pay;
               (4)  create and manage a system for handling employee
  complaints submitted by the employee outside of an employee's
  direct chain of command, including anonymous complaints;
               (5)  monitor and provide reports to department
  management personnel on:
                     (A)  employee complaint data and trends in
  employee complaints;
                     (B)  compliance with annual department
  performance evaluation requirements; and
                     (C)  the department's use of positive performance
  levels for employees;
               (6)  track employee tenure and internal employee
  transfers within both the child protective services division and
  the department;
               (7)  use data analytics to predict workforce shortages
  and identify areas of the department with high rates of employee
  turnover, and develop a process to inform the deputy commissioner
  and other appropriate staff regarding the office's findings;
               (8)  create and monitor reports on key metrics of
  agency performance;
               (9)  analyze available data, including data on employee
  training, for historical and predictive department trends; and
               (10)  conduct any other data analysis the department
  determines to be appropriate for improving performance, meeting the
  department's current business needs, or fulfilling the powers and
  duties of the department.
         SECTION 2.  As soon as possible after the effective date of
  this Act, the commissioner of the Department of Family and
  Protective Services shall establish the office of data analytics
  required by Section 40.041, Human Resources Code, as added by this
  Act.  The commissioner and the executive commissioner of the Health
  and Human Services Commission shall transfer appropriate staff as
  necessary to conduct the duties of the office.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 497 passed the Senate on
  March 22, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 497 passed the House on
  May 21, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 134, Nays 9, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House