Tribpedia: Data Consolidation

The state's seven-year, $863 million contract with IBM Corp. to merge the data operations of dozens of state agencies has been troubled from the beginning.

A series of server crashes in the Texas Attorney General's Office jeopardized Medicaid fraud cases, and revealed serious problems in IBM's ability to back up state data. Agencies repeatedly complained of outages and ...

Texas Gets a D+ in Public Integrity Study

Texas scored a 68 out of 100, coming in at 27th place in a national state integrity study. The state got high marks for auditing and for monitoring pension funds, but not as high for accountability of the governor and legislators.

Interactive: Texas' Economy Bounces Back

Since Texas' lowest dip in the recession, the state has added nearly 500,000 jobs. There are 10.7 million people who currently work in Texas, but nearly 1 million more are still unemployed. This interactive explores how the Texas economy has changed through the last four years, by industry and region. 

Perry shakes hands after a speech in the Texas House.
Perry shakes hands after a speech in the Texas House.

State technology chief resigns

The executive director of the state's data and information technology agency stepped down last month. Brian Rawson, who spent the last three years overseeing the state's data consolidation and telecommunications efforts for the Department of Information Resources, will run "statewide data initiatives" for the Texas Education Agency.