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Agency-Specific Provisions
Housing

Background

The Texas Legislature provides certain state employees with housing benefits in the form of state-owned and state-maintained housing, in accordance with Article IX, Section 11.02 of the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

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Adjutant General’s Department

The following employees of the Adjutant General’s Department are authorized to live in state-owned housing and are exempt from paying housing costs:

  • Adjutant General
  • Assistant Adjutant General-Air
  • Assistant Adjutant General-Army

The department may also allocate existing department housing to other department employees with a demonstrated need based on location and job description, at a rate in accordance with Article IX, Section 11.02 of the GAA.

Fees for employee housing are appropriated for use in maintaining employee housing.

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Health and Human Services Agency

The following employees at each state mental health and mental retardation facility are authorized to live in state-owned housing at a rate determined by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) or the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS):

  • Superintendent
  • Medical Director
  • Assistant Superintendent for Programs
  • Director of Plant Maintenance

Other department employees may live in state-owned housing as set forth in Article IX, Section 11.02 of the GAA.

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Texas Juvenile Justice Department

The following Texas Juvenile Justice Department employees are authorized to live in state-owned housing at a rate determined by the commission:

  • Chief Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Director of Security

Other commission employees may live in housing at the fair market rental rate established by the General Land Office in accordance with Article IX, Section 11.02 of the GAA.

The state-owned housing at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department shall be a cost recovery program. The total fees charged to all employees shall at least cover the cost of maintenance and utilities.

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice

The following employees at each Department of Criminal Justice facility are authorized to live in state-owned housing at rental rates determined by the department and in accordance with Article IX, Section 11.02 of the GAA:

  • Regional Director
  • Chief Warden
  • Assistant Warden
  • Major of Correctional Officers
  • Captain of Correctional Officers
  • Lieutenant of Correctional Officers
  • Kennel Sergeant
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Fire/Safety Manager

Other department employees may live in available state-owned housing as set forth in Article IX, Section 11.02 of the GAA.

All fees received for employee housing are to be used for maintaining employee housing. Any fees collected in excess of the established amount are appropriated to the department for the same purpose.

The state-owned housing, exluding Bachelor’s Officers Quarters, at the Department of Criminal Justice shall be a cost recovery program. The total fees charged to employees shall at least cover the cost of maintenance and utilities.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) shall recover:

  • At least 20 percent of the established fair market rental value of housing from persons residing in state-owned housing first employed before Sept. 1, 2005, and
  • 100 percent of the established fair market rental value of housing from persons residing in state-owned housing employed on or after Sept. 1, 2005.

Employees required to live onsite in state-owned housing

If TPWD requires an employee to live onsite in state-owned housing as a condition of employment, TPWD shall recover at least 20 percent of the established market rental value of housing, regardless of the employee’s date of employment.

Additionally, TPWD will report biennially to the Legislative Budget Board and the Governor the following on employees residing in state-owned housing:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Position title and classification
  • Salary

Fees for employee housing are appropriated for use in maintaining employee housing.

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Additional Resources

To learn more about entering this special pay, see Chapter 10 “Special Pays” of the USPS Process Guide or the SPRS Entitlement Code Table in the SPRS User Guide.

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Sources

General Appropriations Act (GAA), Rider 7 in the appropriations to the Texas Military Department; GAA, Rider 29 in the Special Provisions Relating to all Health and Human Services Agencies; GAA, Rider 17 in the appropriations to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department; GAA, Rider 12 in the appropriations to the Department of Criminal Justice; GAA, Rider 9 in the appropriations to Parks and Wildlife Department; GAA, Article IX, Section 11.02.

Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Questions? Contact statewide.accounting@cpa.texas.gov
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