Texas Government Code 2261.256 requires TEA to develop purchasing accountability and risk management procedures to assess the risk of fraud, abuse, or waste in the contractor selection process, in contract provisions, and in the payment and reimbursement rates and methods TEA offers vendors for contracted goods and services.
All TEA contracts are monitored for compliance, and contracts meeting specific criteria receive enhanced monitoring. Contract monitoring activities are conducted in a variety of ways, but must be objective and address contract complexity, value, and risk. Additional information on TEA contract monitoring and enhanced monitoring is available in the TEA Contract Management Handbook.
TEA posts contracts for the purchase of goods and services from private vendors on its Current Contracts page. As required by Texas Government Code 2261.253, the Contracts and Purchasing Division submits reports on contracts requiring enhanced monitoring to the commissioner of education or his designee.