Telecom Exemption

DIR will acknowledge receipt of the request form. If the requesting state agency does not receive acknowledgement of receipt by DIR within three business days of submission, it is the state agency's responsibility to follow up to ensure DIR's receipt of the request form. Standard exemptions are processed within 15 business days of acknowledgement of receipt.

Rules related to exemption requests can be found in the 1 TAC 212.

Expedited Exemption Request

A state agency may submit an expedited exemption request, which DIR will process within three business days. This request must include the Exemption Request Form accompanied by a statement from the agency head, or his/her designee, describing the situation and the reasons for the expedited review. To ensure that expedited exemption requests are evaluated in a timely manner, the requesting state agency should submit the Exemption Request Form and statement from the agency head to DIR (ATTN: EXPEDITED EXEMPTION REQUEST) electronically. It is the state agency's responsibility to follow up to ensure DIR's receipt of the request form.

Exemption Request Evaluation Procedures

DIR will make a good-faith effort to provide the requesting state agency confirmation of receipt of an Exemption Request Form in a timely manner. DIR will evaluate and respond to expedited exemption requests within three business days of receipt. For all other exemption requests, DIR will have a maximum of 15 business days from date of receipt for evaluation.

Through 08/31/2018

State agencies are granted an exemption for the procurement of Telecom Services that are not a part of TEX-AN or the Capitol Complex Telephone System (CCTS). The following services are included in this exemption:

  • Cellular devices and service (applies only to devices bought with corresponding service, e.g., cell phones, Blackberries, air cards, etc.)
  • Pager devices and service
  • Local telephone service
  • Over the phone interpretation service

The specific IT Commodity codes for this exemption are listed below.

726-70 – Pagers, Radio (including parts and accessories)
839-35 – Cellular Telephones (All Types)
839-63 – Radio Telephones (Including Cellular Type for Vehicle, Marine, Personal, etc.)
915-05 – Answering/Paging Services
915-75 – Telephone Services, Cellular
915-77 – Telephone Services, Local
961-17 – Interpreter Services – Electronically Assisted – Foreign Language, Hearing Impaired, etc.

Telecom Services Exemption Request

State agencies that wish to purchase communications services through an avenue other than DIR Telecom should use this form to request an exemption.

If you have questions about DIR Telecom exemptions, please email telecom.solutions@dir.texas.gov or call 512-463-7800.

NOTE: Exemption Requests for Telecom Services (TEX-AN and CCTS) should now be submitted electronically.