| News Release|
Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander to
Competitive Government Hearing In Austin
(Austin)--An overview of doing business with the State
of Texas is the focus of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton
Rylander's March 21 e-Texas public hearing in Austin. The
e-Texas competitive government task force hearing will run
from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room E2.012 of the Capitol
"Competitive government encompasses all aspects of Texas state
government," Comptroller Rylander said. "Bottomline, I want to
make sure that it's easy to do business with the state.
"This hearing will help us find ideas to improve the state's
procurement system. I encourage folks to come out, listen to our
experts, and give us feedback on the issues they think are
critical to improving the state's procurement system."
Comptroller Rylander and Bill Hammond of Austin, the
e-Texas competitive government task force commissioner,
will lead discussions on how private sector trends impact
partnerships and outsourcing in government, how labor views the
Internet's impact on state contract opportunities, and how to
streamline the state procurement process.
Steve Papermaster of Austin is scheduled to lead a panel
discussion. He is co-founder, president and chief executive
officer of Agillion, which provides Internet services for small
and mid-sized businesses. Other speakers include Joe Gunn of
Madisonville, president of the Texas AFL-CIO, and Odysseus M.
Lanier, president of Houston-based Empirical Management Services
and an expert on state procurement processes.
The hearing is part of Comptroller Rylander's e-Texas citizen
commission, which is charged with developing recommendations to
help Texas state government meet the challenges of the Internet
Those who cannot attend the hearing can make suggestions on
improving transportation at : www.e-texas.org.