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Training seminars conducted by a state agency for its employees

To reduce travel expenditures, a state agency must use interactive television, video conference technology and telephone conferences to the greatest extent possible. Texas Government Code Section 660.147(a)

A state employee may not be reimbursed for a travel expense associated with a training seminar conducted by his or her agency for its employees, unless the agency's chief administrator or the administrator's designee certifies that the agency:

  • does not possess interactive television or video conference facilities at the designated headquarters of the employees attending the seminar; and
  • cannot purchase or lease those facilities at a cost less than the total travel expenses associated with the seminar; and
  • does not have access to another agency’s facilities at the same location. Texas Government Code Sections 660.147(b)(1-3)
Designated Headquarters
The area within the boundaries of the city in which a state employee's place of employment is located. If an employee's place of employment is located within an unincorporated area, then the area within a five-mile radius of the place of employment is the employee's designated headquarters. If an incorporated municipality or an unincorporated area is completely surrounded by the incorporated municipality in which an employee's place of employment is located, then the employee's designated headquarters includes the surrounded municipality or area. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(7)
A contract with a term of at least one month that gives the lessee possession and use of property or equipment while the lessor retains ownership of it. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(14)
May Not
A prohibition against a specified action. The term does not mean "might not" or its equivalents. Texas Government Code Section 311.016(5)
State Agency
A unit of state government that uses appropriated funds to pay or reimburse a travel expense of a state employee. This includes the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the Employees Retirement System of Texas. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(19)
State Employee
An individual employed by a state agency, including a key official. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(20) The term includes prospective state employees and aircraft pilots.
Travel Expense
A meal, lodging, transportation or incidental expense. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(21)
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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