Governance

The Governance practice group provides legal counsel to the System and its members in matters related to the Public Information Act and Open Meetings Act, System policies and regulations, conflicts of interest and ethics, legislation, state and federal relations, records management, and treasury services.

SYSTEM POLICIES & REGULATIONS
System Policy 07.01 Ethics
System Policy 07.02 Texas Higher Education Fair Lending Practices
System Policy 07.03 Conflicts of Interest, Dual Office Holding and Political Activities
System Policy 07.04 Benefits, Gifts and Honoraria
System Policy 61.01 Public Information Act Compliance
• System Policy 61.01.02 Public Information
System Regulation 61.99.01 Retention of State Records

LEGAL HELP
Public Information Requests

FORMS
Annual Financial Disclosure Form
Financial Interest Disclosure and Certification Form

RESOURCES
System Policy Office
Attorney General of Texas

PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT & OPEN MEETINGS ACT
This practice group provides legal advice regarding general Public Information Act issues as well as specific PIA requests. When necessary, this practice group prepares and submits decision requests to the Texas Office of the Attorney General. Open Meetings Act matters also fall within this practice area (note that within the System the OMA applies only to the Board of Regents).

SYSTEM POLICIES & REGULATIONS
The governance practice group advises the System on new and revised policies and regulations and reviews each System member’s new and revised rules.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND ETHICS
This practice group maintains System conflicts of interest and ethics policies and provides legal advice and training on these topics.

LEGISLATION, STATE & FEDERAL RELATIONS
State and federal legislative matters fall within the governance practice group.

RECORDS MANAGEMENT
The governance practice group provides advice on records management matters and coordinates the System records management program.

TREASURY SERVICES
The governance practice group reviews banking and investment documents for the Office of the Treasurer.