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November/December 2015

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TDCJ reaffirms zero tolerance for discrimination, sexual harassment

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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a zero tolerance policy for all forms of unlawful discrimination, to include sexual harassment.

TDCJ policies regarding discrimination issues can be found in PD-12 Equal Employment Opportunity, PD-13 Sexual Harassment and Discourteous Conduct of a Sexual Nature, and PD-31 Discrimination in the Workplace.

If you believe you have been subjected to any form of discrimination or harassment, notify your immediate supervisor, department director, warden or any other TDCJ official. You can also contact Employee Relations Intake at 936-437-4240, the Office of the Inspector General at 936-437-5030 or file a complaint through the employee grievance process.

If the allegations involve an employee's supervisor, reports can be filed with the second-level supervisor or higher authority, including the agency's executive director, the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division at 888-452-4778 or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 800-669-4000.

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ERS revs up savings with new Commuter Spending Accounts

Beginning in 2016, some Texas state employees will be able to use the Employees Retirement System's new Commuter Spending Account (CSA) program, saving money by setting aside pre-tax salary funds to pay for eligible parking and transit expenses.

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Beginning January 1, the ERS will make two types of CSAs available to state of Texas employees:

Generally, a vehicle is eligible for van pool expenses if it seats at least six adults, not including the driver, and at least 80 percent of its mileage is used to transport employees to and from places of employment.

Because this program allows for tax-savings, it's regulated by the Internal Revenue Service and current IRS rules exclude gas and toll-road fees from the CSA program. Parking account expenses can be paid using the Employees Retirement System's standard TexFlex debit card or by submitting paper claims for reimbursement. Transit account expenses can only be paid by using the debit card.

For more information about Commuter Spending Accounts visit the TexFlex website or call ADP, the program's third-party administrator, at 844-884-2364 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays.

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ERS of Texas undergoes Sunset Review

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The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is currently studying the mission and performance of the Employees Retirement System of Texas to determine if the state employee retirement program can be improved. The review is required under the Texas Sunset Act but, unlike other state agencies, the ERS is not subject to abolishment under the Act.

The first phase of the ERS Sunset Review began with a self-evaluation report submitted by the ERS, and will conclude with a systemic evaluation conducted by Sunset staff and a staff report scheduled for delivery in April. About a month after this report is made, the Sunset Commission will hear public testimony and subsequently adopt recommendations for the legislature to consider when it convenes in January 2017.

For more information about the Sunset Review process, visit the Sunset Commission's website. To share your ideas about the ERS you can use the comment form on the Sunset website, call the Sunset Commission office at 512-463-1300, send an email to sunset@sunset.state.tx.us, or write to the Sunset Advisory Commission, P.O. Box 13066, Austin, Texas 78711.

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Call toll-free to report waste, fraud and abuse of TDCJ resources

Waste, fraud and abuse of state resources cost all taxpayers millions of dollars each year

The Office of the Inspector General is dedicated to detecting, investigating and prosecuting reports of waste, fraud and abuse of state resources within all divisions of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

If you have any information regarding waste, fraud or abuse of state benefits, equipment, personnel or funds, please contact the Office of the Inspector General, Crime Stoppers or the State Auditor’s Office toll free.

Crime Stoppers 1-800-832-8477 Office of Inspector General 1-866-372-8329 State Auditor's Office 1-800-892-8348

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