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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)