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Copyright Statement

Texas State Auditor’s Office reports are not copyrighted. Readers may make additional copies of reports as needed.

Privacy & Security Policy

  1. Email and Mailing List Information

    IMPORTANT NOTE: All information collected or maintained by the SAO Web Site, including personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses; may be public information subject to the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act (www) (chapter 552, texas government code). By subscribing to mailing lists you consent to the release of that information, including the release of email addresses. In addition, contact information provided in the context of a question or comment may be redirected to another government agency or person who is better able to address it.

    Our site provides users the opportunity to subscribe to and unsubscribe from informational mailing lists at https://www.sao.texas.gov/­contact/mailinglist. We do request information about our visitors when they utilize our mailing list form to determine which email addresses are added to or removed from our lists. Site users are free to unsubscribe at will using this form should they opt not to receive future communications from us. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information, including personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

    Users may verify and modify information previously provided; to do so, call (512) 936-9500.

  2. Cookies

    A "cookie" is a small file containing information that is placed on a user's computer by a web server. Typically, these files are used to enhance the user's experience of the site, to help users move between pages in a database, or to customize information for a user.

    Any information that State Auditor's Office web servers may store in cookies is used for internal purposes only. Cookie data is not used in any way that would disclose personally identifiable information to outside parties unless State Auditor's Office is legally required to do so in connection with Public Information Act requests, law enforcement investigations, or other legal proceedings.

  3. Logs and Network Monitoring

    The State Auditor's Office maintains log files of all access to its site and also monitors network traffic for the purposes of site management. This information is used to help diagnose problems with the server and to carry out other administrative tasks. Log analysis tools are also used to create summary statistics to determine which information is of most interest to users, to identify system problem areas, or to help determine technical requirements.

    Information such as the following is collected in these files:

    1. Hostname: the hostname and/or IP address of the computer requesting access to the site
    2. User-Agent: the type of browser, its version, and the operating system of the computer requesting access (e.g., Firefox 11 for Windows, IE 8 for Macintosh, etc.)
    3. System date: the date and time on the server at the time of access
    4. Status: the status code the server returned, e.g., fulfilled request, file not found
    5. Method: the request method used by the browser (e.g., post, get)
    6. Universal Resource Identifier (URI): the location of the particular resource requested. (More commonly known as a URL.)
    7. Query string of the URI: anything after a question mark in a URI. For example, if a keyword search has been requested, the search word will appear in the query string.
    8. Bytes Sent/Received - The number of bytes sent/received by the user.
    9. Time Taken - The length of time the action took.

    The above information is not used in any way that would reveal personally identifying information to outside parties unless State Auditor's Office is legally required to do so in connection with Public Information Act requests, law enforcement investigations, or other legal proceedings.

  4. Links

    This site may contain links to other sites. State Auditor's Office is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

  5. Security

    The SAO managed web sites have security measures in place to protect against loss, misuse, and alteration of the information. Encryption is available and utilized; however, no system can be guaranteed to be completely safe.

  6. Contacting the State Auditor's Office

    If you have any questions about this privacy statement or Web site, you may contact:

    SAO Internet Team (email)
    Texas State Auditor's Office
    P.O. Box 12067
    Austin, TX 78711

Accessibility Policy

The State Auditor's Office (SAO) is committed to making its web sites accessible to all users. The SAO web site at large complies with Conformance Level A (Priority 1) of the World Wide web Consortium accessibility rating. We are currently working to bring our site to Conformance Level Double-A (Priority 2). In addition, we are currently working to bring the SAO site into conformance with the HTML 4.01 specification as validated by the W3C.

The SAO web site includes the following features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities:

  • Images on the site contain "alt tags", which contain descriptions of the images to aid users who listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader. Text transcripts accompany video or audio clips of speeches, remarks, and the like.

  • "Skip Navigation" links at the top of each page enable users to bypass the navigation bar and go directly to the main content each time a page is accessed.

  • The site's style sheets are designed to allow users to resize the text of the site in browsers that support this feature (generally available under the View menu).

  • Publications on the SAO site are generally available in HTML. Audit reports and other documents are published using Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). All links to PDF files are accompanied by links to copies of those files by simple conversion to HTML, and our standard footer contains a link to our File Types and Readers page from which Adobe Reader may be downloaded. For our reports, we post a "Key Points" document in HTML that contains a link to the report's PDF file.

  • We test major redesigns with a number of browsers, screen readers, accessibility and HTML validators, and other web tools. The results of such reviews are incorporated into improvements for the website.

The State Auditor's Office welcomes comments on how to improve the site's accessibility for users with disabilities. If you use assistive technology, and the format of any material on our web sites interferes with your ability to access the information, please use the following points of contact for assistance. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which you would like to receive the material, the web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

The contact for the State Auditor's Office web site is:

SAO Internet Team
1501 North Congress Avenue, Suite 4.224
512-936-9500 (Voice)
512-936-9400 (FAX)
E-mail Address: webmaster@sao.texas.gov

In addition, if you need special accommodation pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact our ADA coordinator, Barry Holcomb, by phone at 512-936-9500 or via email.

The Relay Texas service is available to assist people with disabilities in telephone communication. Select this link for more information.

Additional information about accessibility programs in Texas is available from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.