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Tracking the Spend: State Spent $353M in February

Spending included payments to 162 agencies and almost 2,400 vendors.

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State agencies spent about $353 million in February, with money going to 2,390 vendors and 162 agencies via 9,965 purchase orders. Agencies with the highest spending were the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) at $55.2 million, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) at $51 million, and the Department of Information Resources (DIR) at $47 million.

Some payments were interagency spending, such as those to DIR or the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). TDEM also spends large sums on disaster recovery.

According to the Texas Comptroller’s (CPA) “Payment to Payee” visualization, here are the top five technology companies receiving payments:

As to specific categories, the state spent $119 million on purchased contracted services, $68.5 million on IT services and $46.6 million for computer services to the statewide technology center.

The periodic reports of spending on IT goods and services by agencies and departments in state government are compiled by Industry Insider — Texas as a way of highlighting procurements and trends.
Rae D. DeShong is a Dallas-based e.Republic staff writer and has worked at The Dallas Morning News and as a community college administrator.