IRDR & IR-CAP

The Information Resources Deployment Review (IRDR) is a self-assessment tool designed to reveal your agency’s technology strengths and weaknesses. Results are valuable because they can serve as the catalyst for a discussion among your Information Resources Manager (IRM), agency business areas, and your agency leadership. Your results are also valuable to DIR because they help us determine what information to include in the Biennial Performance Report (BPR). ​

The IRDR is a standardized survey that:​​​​​​

  • Measures an agency’s progress against the State Strategic Plan (SSP)
  • Confirms that the agency is in compliance with the state's IR-related statutes, rules, and standards
  • Examines how each IR deployment has supported the agency's mission, goals, and objectives

IRDR Planning​​ and Resources

2018 IRDR Instructions (.docx, 329KB).

2018 IRDR Reporting Agencies (.xlxs, 12KB).

2018 IRDR FAQs (.docx, 25KB).

2018-2015 IRDR Question Map (.xlxs, 27KB).

FY 18-19 State Agency Guidance for IT Reporting Requirements (.docx, 26KB).

FY 18-19 State Agency General IT Reporting Timeline (.pdf, 89KB).

Optional Maturity Assessments

Cloud Assessment (.xlsm, 305KB).

Data Management and Analytics Assessment (.xlsm, 354KB).

Digital Services Assessment (.xlsm, 787KB).

Application Portfolio Management Validation and Assessments Resources

FY 18 Application Portfolio Management Assessment and Validation Instructions (.docx, 83KB).


IRDR News and Updates

SB 532, 85(R) has changed the statutory deadline of the IRDR from December 1, 2017 (odd years) to March 31, 2018 (even years). 

Data collection through the SPECTRIM portal will occur from January 2018 to March 31, 2018.

  • SB 532, 85(R) requires DIR to collect an inventory of each agency's servers, mainframes, cloud servers, managed IT infrastructure, and other IT equipment.  DIR intends to collect this information through the IRDR Inventory section. 

  • HB 8, 85(R) requires DIR to conduct a study on the digital data storage practices of agencies.  DIR also intends to collect this information through the IRDR (Section 1.05 - eRecords and Digital Storage).  

  • Part 5 - Optional Maturity Evaluation changes: DIR has developed several optional maturity evaluation templates for agencies to use to assess their capabilities in a variety of technology areas.  These will be available for optional use through the IRDR.  

  • IR-Corrective Action Plan changes:  Agencies will now have the opportunity to complete a corrective action (remediation) plan at the time of data entry into the IRDR.  These plans will be launched automatically if an agency reports to be out of compliance with any instance of Part 2 - Compliance with State Standards.  Although the agencies may elect to provide information at this time, the deadline for completing the plans will be extended accordingly, so that agencies may revisit the plans at a more convenient time. 

​IRDR Reporting 

View the 2015 End-user computing devices inventory (411.63KB).

View the 2016 IRDR & IR-CAP Webinar Slides (4.99MB).​

Listen to the 2016 IRDR & IR-CAP Webinar​ (.wmv).

Every odd year, agency IRMs and institutions of higher education are required to complete the IRDR. 

NOTE:  While institutions of higher education are no longer required to report IRDR results to DIR, they are still required to complete the survey according to DIR instructions. State agencies, however, must still submit their IRDR results to DIR.​

DIR then uses your IRDR results for a variety of purposes, including to: 

  • Gauge progress on the state’s technology priorities
  • Provide high-level information for the state’s Biennial Performance Report
  • Analyze requests and provide information to the Legislature
  • Initiate​ the Information Resources-Corrective Action Plan (IR-CAP) process,​ which is required by statute

After collecting IRDR results from agencies, DIR forwards them to the other members of the state’s Quality Assurance Team: the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the State Auditor’s Office (SAO). 

If an agency’s IRDR reveals any issues of non-compliance, DIR notifies the agency, which must then submit an IR-CAP.

​Information Resources-Corrective Action Plan

If your IRDR survey reveals that your agency is non-compliant in any area, DIR notifies you that you must submit an IR-CAP. DIR reviews and approves IR-CAPs and reports the approval status to SAO and LBB.

The IR-CAP process is designed to elevate agency awareness of IR compliance issues and to demonstrate to DIR that you are making progress toward correcting them. While full compliance remains a challenge for some agencies, DIR stands ready to assist IRMs in their efforts.

Section 2054.097, Government Code requires DIR to review the IRDR responses of each agency (not including institutions of higher education) to determine compliance with state technology standards, provisions in the State Strategic Plan, or existing corrective action plans. The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Rules are the rules against which the IR-CAP is measured.​