IT Policies & Guidance

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IRM Agency Checklist

DIR has provided an Agency Checklist for Information Resource Managers (IRMs) to help in reminder of duties and roles for their position.

*This checklist is a pilot document and is subject to change

Policy Template and Examples

DIR has provided an example of its internal Policy Management Guide and different policies from other state agencies and institutions of higher education.  Below are the examples and a brief description of each type of policy:

  • Software Currency-  to help agencies reduce the use of unsupported software and decrease security vulnerabilities in state agency IT systems.
  • Data Management- to develop and execute policies and procedures that properly manage full data management for the needs of an agency.


Most Commonly Used Internet Browsers

​The 84th​ Legislative Session passed House Bill 855 which requires each state agency and publicly-funded institution of higher education that has a generally accessible website to ensure compatibility between that website and the most commonly used internet browsers, as identified by DIR.  

View the list of Most Commonly Used Internet Browsers and frequently asked questions about website compatibility.​

What about Microsoft Edge and previous browser versions?

Microsoft Edge is considered a distinct browser from Internet Explorer, and is not currently identified as one of the most commonly used browsers. We encourage each agency to use their website-specific traffic analytics to determine which browsers are most commonly used to access their website, and ensure compatibility appropriately. As a rule of thumb, an agency should continue to maintain compatibility with a previous version of the most commonly used internet browsers until that browser version accounts for less than 10% of total website traffic.

 

​IT Policies, Guidance, & Additional Resources

​Item

​Date

​Domain Name Management Policy - PDF (673 KB) | Guidance regarding Internet Domain Management​March 2015 (revised)
​State Website Linking & Privacy Policy​ - PDF (113 KB) | Provisions for State Websites​March 2015 (revised)
Cloud Services Guide - PDF (631 KB) | Resources for when Considering Cloud Services​December 2014
Telework in Texas -  PDF (159 KB) | Results from the 2014 Telework Survey of State Agencies​August 2014
Tablet Study - PDF (768 KB) | Recommendations for Procuring Tablet Computers​March 2014
Videoconferencing Guidelines - PDF (317 KB) | Technical and Operational Standards ​November 2013
Social Media Resource Guide​ - PDF (675 KB) | Tools and Strategy for Government Social Media​February 2013
PC Life Cycle Guidelines - DOCX (121 KB) | Guidelines for Establishing PC Life Cycles​February 2013 (revised)
Cybersecurity - PDF (399 KB) | Texas Cyber Risks and Statewide Cybersecurity Collaboration​​April 2012
Cloud Computing - PDF (130 KB) | Efficient Service Delivery via the Internet​​​March 2012
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