The Quality Assurance Team (QAT) implements a consistent and repeatable approach for quality assurance review of technology projects within Texas. Projects are continually assessed to help reduce the likelihood that a project will not deliver a quality solution based on the schedule, budget, and scope commitments made to state leadership.

Statutory Authority

The 73rd Legislature (1993) enacted Article V, Section 133 of the General Appropriations Act. This Act established the Quality Assurance Team (QAT) comprised of representatives from the Legislative Budget Office (LBB), the State Auditorís Office (SAO), and the Department of Information Resources (DIR) to approve and review major information resources projects. The 74th Legislature continued emphasis on quality assurance by including an Article IX rider in the General Appropriations Act that established a quality assurance review process that must be followed for all major information resources projects. Such a rider has been continued in all subsequent General Appropriation Acts.

SAO Delegation of Authority

Starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, the State Auditor delegated voting authority for any QAT-related decisions to approve or disapprove the expenditure of funds to the LBB. This delegation was made to ensure that SAO retains its independence as required by certain auditing standards. This authority has again been delegated for FY 2016 and FY 2017. View the letter - PDF delegating this authority.