State agencies are spending tens of millions of dollars every year on information technology contract workers, employees who aren’t on the state payroll – but whose pay often dwarfs those who are.
The average IT contractor makes more than $100,000 a year, more than 99 percent of state employees. Several haul in well over $200,000 a year – more than the agency commissioners who hired them.
State officials say the pay matches the specialized work: managing massive computer and telephone systems in some of Texas’ most unwieldy state agencies.
“One of the things we need is specific expertise, project ...