You can learn more about a variety of technology related topics by collaborating with others on-line and with our government related partners. 

Email Discussion Forums

Several electronic discussion and announcement lists provide forums to post, learn about and discuss issues of mutual interest with others.

All Audiences - "News for State Agencies"

If you have an email address associated with any state agency, public university or a government organization we welcome you to subscribe to News for State Agencies. This regularly distributed e-newsletter includes relevant and timely information about DIR programs and services, and, more importantly, ideas on how we can better serve you, our customers.

Application Developers - APP-DEV  

This discussion list fosters dialogue and collaborative opportunities and facilitates knowledge sharing among application development leaders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

Data Related Discussions Within Texas Public Sector - TX-DATA

A discussion list for Texas public sector employees to exchanges information on data-related topics, seek advice from peers, request referrals, and share resources/expertise.

DIR Eligible Customers -  ITSOURCING

Follow timely information on this list including: new contract awards, planned procurements, legislative implementation of contracting initiatives, planned and upcoming events and special projects (such as bulk purchases.)

DIR Telecommunication Customers - Telecom Customer Mailing Lists 

These mailing lists for customers of the Texas Agency Network (TEX-AN) and the Capitol Complex Telephone System (CCTS).

Information Security Officers Security Officer

A list that allows Information Security Officers (ISO) in Texas state government to share information and collaborate with peers via email. Only officially designated ISOs from Texas state agencies or institutions of higher education are granted subscriptions.

Information Technology Professionals in Texas Government - DIRTECH 

A discussion list to seek advice from other government IT staff regarding technology problems, post training opportunities, discuss technical issues, request referrals or opinions about IT products and services and share resources and expertise.

Information Technology Security Staff - Security

A list to seek advice from other government IT staff regarding security issues, receive updates on current security alerts, discuss technical issues, request referrals or opinions about IT security products and services and share resources and expertise.

Interested in Access to Government on the Internet - PESO Working Group

This list provides an email forum for addressing policy and technology issues related to improving access to government information and services via the internet.  Real time PESO meetings or webinars are regularly scheduled as well.

Project Managers in Texas Government - TX-PM Project Management

A list that allows project managers in Texas government to share information and to collaborate with their peers regarding: project management processes, techniques, and methodologies; project management training opportunities; referrals or opinions about project management products and services, roles and related processes.

State Agencies conducting financial online transactions - TPE User Group

The Transaction Payment Engine (TPE) is a product used by all state agencies that conduct financial online transactions through There is a TPE User group that meets quarterly to discuss the product and hear new information from the vendor providing the product. Constituents include agency accounting and technical representatives.

Training Coordinators or Trainers - DIRTRAIN 

A discussion list to seek advice and referrals from other government staff regarding training issues. Subscribers post training opportunities or needs, discuss issues involving training, education, e-learning, request referrals or opinions about products and services, share resources and expertise and announce meetings and events.

Government Related Partners

Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) assists state agencies and local governments in establishing and implementing records and information management programs. TSLAC service areas include Records Center Storage, Imaging and Micrographics, and Records Management Assistance for Local Governments and State Agencies.

Records Management Interagency Coordinating Council (RMICC) reviews the activities of member agencies, studies other records management issues, and makes biennial reports to the Governor and Legislature. It also adopts policies that coordinate the members' records management activities and makes other improvements to state records management.

State Agency Coordinating Committee (SACC) examines administrative and management practices, reviews problems or issues that have an impact across agency lines, and encourages and fosters management practices that are beneficial and cost effective for all state agencies. The group is a voluntary association composed of representatives of 17 specific agencies. SACC meetings are held quarterly, except during the legislative session, when they are held monthly. Meetings of the committee are open to designated representatives, subcommittee chairs, and invited guests.

SACC Subcommittees play an important role in this multi-agency association. Some subcommittees are open to representatives of state agencies or institutions of higher education.

  • Finance Subcommittee
  • Human Resources Subcommittee
  • Internal Audit Forum (SAIAF)
  • IT Subcommittee – monthly meetings; participation limited to designated representatives and invited guests.   
  • Legal Affairs Subcommittee
  • Public Information Subcommittee
  • Purchasing Subcommittee
  • Training and Development Subcommittee – monthly meetings; open to representatives from any Texas state agency or institution of higher education

Mid-Size Agency Coordinating Council (MACC) promotes communication and education on issues affecting state agencies with between 100 and 799 full time equivalent staff positions.

TASSCC (Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications) partners to advance education and networking among professionals supporting Information Technology for the Texas public sector.