Summer 2014    

In This Issue

Letter to the President

President's Award

Awards of Excellence

Cyber Security Summit

CGCIO Program Information & Registration


"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams


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Think you read that wrong?
The title of this month's Letter from the President was not mistyped!
Read this special message Tony Tull, President of TAGITM,
has written just for you... the BOSS!

And while Tony has decided YOU are The Boss...
Let's congratulate him on receiving national recognition
as GMIS International's Member Spotlight! 
Congratulations Mr. President!



Former Gumshoe Makes Information Technology Look Easy!

Congratulations to Gary McFarland, Director of Information Technology for the City of West University Place and TAGITM member since 1996.

Gary has always had his hands on all the latest technology including the 800 MHz radio system for his city's public safety personnel,  their "mini-computer" (about the size of a washing machine only taller McFarland says!) to the first "state of the art" IBM Personal Computer XT!  From a police office and firefighter housed in a double-wide trailer,  junior college instructor, emergency system's radio system manager, and software programmer... to Director of Information Technology for the City of West University...Gary has seen his share of excitement in his  36 years! 

Active in  TAGITM since 1996 Gary has served as Membership Chair both in 2005 and 2006, Treasurer in 2007, Vice-President in 2008 and President in 2009. As a Past Presdient, he has chaired and participated on several Nominating Committees and Charter revision Committees. He is a Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO), having graduated in 2012.

To read more on McFarland's adventures, experiences, and enjoy plenty of colorful stories...
click here!  Congratulations Gary!



 Collin County 
"Vote Line Wait Mobile Application"

On June 9th, TAGITM Secretary/Treasurer Beth Ann Unger presented the Collin County Commissioner's Court with the TAGITM Excellence Award for their Vote Line Wait Mobile Application.

Collin County was granted "Vote Center" status by the State of Texas, which allows voters to vote at any polling location on Election Day. While providing voters with added convenience, it introduced the challenge of longer lines at the most convenient locations. 

To address the challenge, the Elections and IT departments developed a street light style, line wait dashboard that voter could see line waits online before heading to the polls.  Green locations indicated that voters had less than twenty minutes to wait; yellow meant twenty-one to forty minute wait and red was over forty.  The online line wait dashboard site also integrated with GIS for online polling locations and routing capabilities. 

QR Codes were placed at popular polling places to enable voters to scan the QR code with their smart phone to find polling sites with shorter lines while waiting. The QR code would call a mobile GIS application on their smart phone showing a map displaying some of the other sixty-seven polling locations and their line wait times.

The QR code application has given Collin County’s citizenry a unique option to choose to their polling place in real time, making voting easier and more convenient.


 Dallas County Information Services 
"Prison Rape Elimination Act Application"

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Tony Tull, President of TAGITM, appeared before the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court to formerly present the TAGITM Excellence Award to the Dallas County Information Services Department for their Prison Rape Elimination Act Application. Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel began with the presentation of a Resolution acknowledging the award and the accomplishment of the Information Services Department for the successful application development and the TAGITM Excellence Award. After the resolution presented, Tony Tull formerly presented the award to Dallas County CIO Stan “Vic” Victrum. Vic thanked TAGITM for the award and Commissioner Daniel and the Court for the recognition by Resolution and then introduced the development team, led by Keff Johnson, responsible for the work on the application.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act Juvenile and Adult Project was implemented to ensure that the Dallas County Sheriff & Juvenile departments were in adherence to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) passed by the U.S. Congress.  PREA was established as a zero-tolerance standard against sexual abuse of incarcerated persons of any age.

Since PREA was new, Dallas County did not have an application in place to address items required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act.   So to meet the requirements of PREA, a CRM Solution was developed to ensure Dallas County was in compliance of the state mandate.

Dallas County IT services worked closely with the Sheriffs & the Juvenile department to document the requirements as part of the state mandate.  After, documenting all the requirements a design session was held with programmers and developers to review requirements and address any missing information needed to ensure the new system will meet the needs of stakeholders.  Once the programmers/developers, were provide with all the stakeholder requirements they develop a test system based on requirements.  The “test system” was internally tested by the IT application team to ensure all requirements were addressed.  Upon completion of internal IT testing the IT team met with the users to demo the “test system”. The demo was followed by User Acceptance Testing by the Sheriff and the Juvenile departments.  Once all testing was completed to the stakeholders’ satisfaction, the systems were moved to production. 



Don't forget!
CGCIO Program registration is open!

Invest in your future...

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2014
Follow the links for more details and registration.


Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers
P. O. Box 200363, Austin, Texas 78720