Finance Committee

Wednesday, 9:00am, Nov. 5, 2003

Commission Hearing Room
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Item No. Subject Public Hearing Agenda Item No.
  Approval of the Committee Minutes from the previous meeting  
1. Chairman's Charges (Oral Presentation) Committee Only
2. Strategic Planning Update (Oral Presentation)
Staff: Scott Boruff
Committee Only
3. Proposed Print Artwork Program
Staff: Frances Stiles
4. Grants – Local Boat Ramp Grants
Staff: Tim Hogsett
5. Financial Review
Staff: Mary Fields
Committee Only
6. Hunting and Fishing License Review
Staff: Mary Fields/Gene McCarty
Committee Only
7. TPWD Human Resources Policies Update
Staff: Al Bingham
Committee Only
8. State Park Annual Pass
Staff: Walt Dabney
Committee Only
9. Other Business  

Committee Agenda Item No. 5
Presenter: Mary Fields

Finance Committee
Financial Review Update
November 2003

I. Executive Summary: Staff will present a financial review for the fiscal year ending 2003 and for the year-to-date FY 2004, including an update on Account 9, Game, Fish and Water Safety and Account 64, State Parks. This presentation will focus on the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, boat registration and titling fees, and state park fees. Updated budget and expenditure information will also be presented.

Committee Agenda Item No. 6
Presenters: Mary Fields
Gene McCarty

Finance Committee
Hunting and Fishing License Review
November 2003

I. Executive Summary: Staff will present an overview and discussion of FY 2005 license structure options and stamp allocations.

Committee Agenda Item No. 7
Presenter: Al Bingham

Finance Committee
Revised Human Resources Policies
November 2003

I. Executive Summary: Human Resources (HR) Personnel Policies establish the framework for effective employee job performance and conduct, as well as provide basic guidance for human resources management decisions. The Human Resources Personnel Policies Manual was reviewed and updated during the 4th Quarter of Fiscal Year 2003. The primary goals and objectives of this project were to: update and simplify existing personnel policies, promote consistency of personnel actions and ensure that Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) personnel policies comply with the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.

II. Discussion: Several of the personnel policies in the old HR Personnel Policy Manual were outdated and many others needed to be revised to reflect current management philosophy and business practices. As a result, the HR staff completed a top to bottom review of all the personnel policies and made the necessary revisions. The revised policies were released in two phases with the most critical policies released first. The Phase One policies, effective July 7, 2003, included: At Will, Equal Employment Opportunity/Sexual Harassment, Hiring Practices, Performance Management, Employee Discipline, Complaints, Workplace Accommodation and Reduction in Force. Major revisions were made to the Discipline, Complaints and Reduction in Force policies to bring them in greater alignment with the State’s “at-will” employment doctrine. The remaining policies were released with an effective date of August 7, 2003. In order to familiarize managers and supervisors with the policy changes, the HR staff conducted a total of seven policy orientation sessions around the state; additional sessions were held at the headquarters for general employees. A bulletin reminding employees of the policy revisions is scheduled to be included in employees’ November paycheck envelopes. The purpose of this commission item is to provide an overview of policy review process and familiarize Commissioners with current personnel policies.

Attachments – 1
1. Exhibit A – Human Resources Policies Index

Committee Agenda Item No. 7
Exhibit A

Human Resources Policies Index

The following is a listing and brief summary of human resources policies that have been recently reviewed and/or revised. All employees are strongly encouraged to review the updated policies on WILDnet at:

HR-93-01 Employees taking Part in Commercial Activities Policy

HR-95-01 Employee Investigation Policy

HR-03-01 At Will Status of Employee Policy

HR-03-02 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Sexual Harassment Policy

HR-03-03 Hiring Practices Policy

HR-03-04 Performance Management

HR-03-05 Disciplinary Process Policy

HR-03-06 Employee Complaint Policy

HR-03-07 Reasonable Workplace Accommodation for Disabilities Policy

HR-03-08 Separation Policy

HR-03-09 Reduction in Force (RIF) Policy

HR-03-10 Standards of Conduct and Performance Policy

HR-03-11 Employee Records

HR-03-12 Standard Work Hours and Work at Home Policy

HR-03-13 Compensation and Salary Administration Policy

HR-03-14 Leave Practices Policy

HR-03-15 Benefits Policy

HR-03-16 Employee Recognition and Awards Policy

HR-03-17 Training and Development Policy

Committee Agenda Item No. 8
Presenter: Walt Dabney

Finance Committee
State Park Annual Pass
November 2003

I. Executive Summary: Following the August 28, 2003 Commission meeting, approval of new State Park Fee Ranges which included the approval of fee ranges for the reestablishment of the State Park Annual Pass, TPWD staff moved forward with reestablishing the State Park Annual Pass with a targeted implementation date of January 1, 2004. This State Park Annual Pass will replace the former Gold Texas Conservation Passport.

Division staff and private sector professionals comprised the working teams who developed the features and user benefits goal of providing a series of discounts, free park entrance, and a user loyalty program.

The pass will retail for $60.00 (individuals) and $75.00 (families).

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