The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state entity to determine if it is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that its funds are well spent. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether the state entity continues to operate into the future.
Budget & Expenditures
Because our mission is to maximize revenue from state assets like land and minerals, the Texas General Land Office is the only agency that earns more than it spends. By depending on various non-tax funding sources, the Land Office has reduced the amount of general revenue requested from the Legislature and works to find innovative ways to reduce spending and increase return on investment for all Texans.
Reporting of all contracts over $100,000 in accordance with Texas Government Code, Title 10, Subtitle B, Section 2054.126.
For a complete list of active contracts executed after 9/1/2015, please visit the GLO SB 20 website.
Additional information and copies of contracts required to be posted by Tex. Govt. Code, Sections 2054.008,2166.551,2254.006,2254.0301, and the 2014-2015 General Appropriations Act, Article IX Section 7.04, may be found here:http://contracts.lbb.state.tx.us/Introduction.aspx
The Comptroller tracks agency expenditures - for additional information on GLO expenditures and appropriations, please visit:http://www.texastransparency.org/
In accordance with Section 1512 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Texas General Land Office is posting the reports for all projects funded in part or wholly by ARRA funds. View ARRA Funding Reports
The Office of Policy and Governmental Relations serves as a bridge between the GLO and other governmental entities, including the Texas Legislature, United States Congress and local governments. We assist with constituent inquiries, provide educational information on GLO related issues, coordinate expert testimony as needed, monitor the legislative process, and represent the GLO at official events.
As defined by Texas Government Code Title 10, Subtitle D Chapter §2161, Subchapter A, the General Land Office is committed to making a good faith effort to increase contracting and purchasing opportunities with HUBs in the agency’s procurements. Through these efforts the GLO will:
- Promote full and equal access to business opportunities for all businesses within our procurement needs
- Give HUBs the opportunity to increase contracting opportunities with the GLO
- Provide subcontracting opportunities to HUBs whenever possible
- Encourage vendor participation in the State of Texas HUB certification program
- Increase opportunities through delegated purchases of goods, services and construction projects
Definition of Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)
A HUB is a for profit entity formed for the purpose of making a profit and that is otherwise a legally recognized business organization under the laws of Texas. A HUB must also have its principal place of business in the State of Texas. A HUB must be at least 51 percent owned by one or more persons who are economically disadvantaged due to their identification as members of certain groups.
HUB certifiable groups include:
- Black Americans
- Hispanic Americans
- Asian Pacific Americans
- Native Americans
- Service Disabled Veterans
- American Women
State of Texas HUB Certification
HUB certification, through the State of Texas, lasts 4 years. There is no fee to become HUB certified. Certified HUBs are listed on a State of Texas HUB database which is accessible to all state agencies. Registration on the Centralized Master Bidder’s List (CMBL) is an additional step that the vendor may take in order to receive electronic notifications of business opportunities from the state agencies and universities. The annual fee for CMBL registration is $70.
Vendors who are interested in becoming certified HUBs may contact the GLO HUB Coordinator.
HUB applications can be obtained via the CPA web site at: www.cpa.state.tx.us/procurement/prog/hub/hub-certification/.
HUB Forums and Events
Visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website for more HUB events: https://portal.cpa.state.tx.us/hub/eof/
HUB Utilization Goals
In accordance with Texas Administrative Code §20.13, all state agencies shall make a good faith effort to include HUBs in each applicable procurement category. Agencies may set their own HUB goals, consistent with their agency’s mission, the availability of HUBs in each procurement category, the geographic location of the work, the agency's historic utilization of HUBs and other relevant factors.
The GLO’s HUB utilization goals for FY16-17 are:
- Heavy Construction - N/A
- Building Construction - 8.7%
- Special Trades - 14.71%
- Professional Services - 11.66%
- Other Services - 3.4%
- Commodities - 1.25%
Mentor Protégé Program
The Mentor-Protégé program is designed to foster long-term business relationships between a Prime contractor and a HUB Protégé. These relationships assist the protégé in meeting their key developmental areas which they identified in their application to the agency. There is no promise of business or a contract between the Mentor and the Protégé. The guidance and support to the protégé assists them in growing their business. While there is no master list of prospective Mentors, prospective protégés are encouraged to reach out to trade associations, minority chambers of commerce, and business development centers to find potential Mentor partners.
The GLO’s purchasing functions are centralized. The Procurement Division is responsible for procuring goods and services to meet the needs of the entire agency.
The GLO is committed to making a good faith effort to utilize HUBs in meeting its procurement needs. The agency expenditures are grouped into the following categories:
- Veteran home management
- Management of veteran cemeteries
- Purchase of pharmaceuticals for the veterans
- Purchase and transportation of bulk natural gas by pipeline
- Engineering and architectural services
- Real Estate Appraisal services
- Professional appraisal and consulting services
- Disaster recovery services
- Coastal debris removal, beach re-nourishment and dredging
- Management and maintenance of the Alamo Complex
HUB Subcontracting Plan
In accordance with Texas Government Code §2161.252 and the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Title 34, Part 1, Chapter 20 Subchapter D Section §20.14, each state agency, that considers entering into a contract with an expected value of $100,000 over the life of the contract, including any renewal terms shall, before the agency solicits bids, proposals, offers or other applicable expressions of interest determine whether subcontracting opportunities are probable under the contract.
If the agency has determined that probable subcontracting opportunities have been identified in the scope of work, then all vendors, (HUB and Non-HUB), must include a completed HUB Subcontracting Plan with their response.
Contacts for the General Land Office HUB Program
Mindy Sue Cohen, HUB Coordinator
Daphne Grantham, Assistant HUB Coordinator
BuySpeed Online (BSO) is the procurement portal for the Texas General Land Office and Veterans Land Board through which agency procurement activities will be conducted. The resources in the right column of this page will provide further information on BSO, and guide current and prospective vendors in the use of this portal.
All vendors must read the instructions below before using BSO. Instructions to vendors for using the BuySpeed Online (BSO) procurement portal (https://buy.glo.texas.gov/bso/) may be downloaded below.