Finance Committee
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
9:00 a.m.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Commission Hearing Room
4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX  78744

Commissioner Antonio Falcon, M.D., Committee Chair
Gene McCarty, Committee Liaison

Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

  1. Financial Overview
    • Operating Budget and Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) Update
    Staff:  Mike Jensen
  2. Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Compliance
    Staff:  Mike Jensen
  3. Natural Agenda (State Agency Strategic Plan) Update
    Staff:  Julie Horsley
  4. Game Bird Stamp Budget Overview
    Staff:  Clayton Wolf

Committee Agenda Item No. 1
Presenter:  Mike Jensen

Finance Committee
Financial Overview
March 28, 2012

I.       Executive Summary:  Staff will present a financial overview of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

II.      Discussion:  Staff will update the Commission on revenue collected by TPWD for FY 2012, including State Parks receipts, boat titling and registration revenue, and license sales revenue including the number of licenses sold.

  • Staff will review the revenue collected by fund (Game Fish and Water Safety Fund, State Park Fund, Local Park Fund and Other).
  • Staff will compare the FY 2012 budget to FY 2012 expenditures and summarize recent budget adjustments.

Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Presenters:  Mike Jensen
Kim Dudish
Tammy Dunham

Finance Committee
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Compliance
March 28, 2012

I.       Executive Summary:  Staff will provide an overview of the TPWD Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Program to the Commission.   The purpose of the HUB Program is to promote full and equal business opportunities for all businesses in state contracting.  In accordance with 34 Texas Administrative Code §20.13 and Government Code, Chapter 2161, each state agency shall make a good faith effort to utilize HUBs in contracts for construction, services (including professional and consulting services) and commodities purchases.

II.      Discussion:  Staff will present a short summary of the TPWD HUB Program, including an update on TPWD’s progress concerning agency specific and statewide HUB goals, outreach efforts, agency initiatives and overall compliance.

Committee Agenda Item No. 3
Presenter:  Julie Horsley

Finance Committee
Natural Agenda (State Agency Strategic Plan) Update
March 28, 2012

I.       Executive Summary:  Staff will provide an update on the development of the Natural Agenda, the legislatively mandated agency strategic plan covering fiscal years 2013-2017.

II.      Discussion:  Staff will review the state’s strategic planning requirements, TPWD’s development plan for the 2013-2017 Natural Agenda (Strategic Plan), and will provide a summary of TPWD’s proposed budget structure and performance measure changes for the 2014-2015 biennium.

Committee Agenda Item No. 4
Presenter:  Clayton Wolf

Finance Committee
Game Bird Stamp Budget Overview
March 28, 2012

I.       Executive Summary:  Staff will provide the Commission an overview of fund balances and the apportionment of Migratory and Upland Game Bird Stamp funds in the Wildlife Division Budget.

II.      Discussion:  In 2005, the 79th Texas Legislature enacted legislation establishing Migratory and Upland Game Bird Stamps in lieu of the repealed White-winged Dove, Waterfowl and Turkey stamps.  The passage of this legislation gave the department greater flexibility to use funds to target management activities at habitats and suites of species, in addition to individual species.

Annual game bird stamp fund budget amounts have varied through the years depending on research and management needs, available appropriation authority and availability of other funds including federal funds.  Beginning in Fiscal Year 2011, the Wildlife Division began utilizing game bird stamp funds to support strategies in the respective game bird strategic plans that had heretofore not been supported by stamp funds.  In most fiscal years game bird stamp revenue has exceeded expenditures resulting in the accumulation of fund balances.  The department expects fund balances to increase at a faster rate during the 2012-2013 biennium due to reductions in appropriation authority.