Sunset Review of the SECC
The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Policy Committee is currently being reviewed by the Legislature as required under House Bill 2549, 82nd Legislative Session. The bill requires the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, to evaluate the governance, management, and operations of SECC and to determine what improvements are needed to ensure that SECC operates efficiently and effectively. Although SECC is not a state agency, the Policy Committee is subject to abolishment. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether the Policy Committee continues to operate into the future, and could consider making changes to SECC’s mission, structure, and operations.
The Sunset review involves three steps.
- First, Sunset Commission staff will evaluate the SECC, and (in August 2012), will issue a report recommending solutions to problems found.
- The Sunset Commission will then meet to hear public testimony on SECC and the recommendations of the Sunset staff. (This meeting is scheduled for Sept. 5, 2012.) Please refer to the Sunset Commission’s website or call the office for updated meeting schedule information.
- Based on public input and the Sunset staff report, the Sunset Commission will adopt recommendations for the full Legislature to consider when it convenes in January 2013.
Through the Sunset review, every Texan has the opportunity to suggest ways in which the operations of SECC can be strengthened. If you would like to share your ideas about SECC, you may send an email to the address below, use the comment form on the Sunset Commission website, or contact Joseph Reed of the Sunset staff. Suggestions are preferred by July 1, 2012 so they can be fully considered by the Sunset staff.
Sunset Advisory Commission
P.O. Box 13066
Austin, Texas 78711
Information about the Sunset process, including information on Sunset Commission meetings, can be found at: www.sunset.state.tx.us.
Giving to charities has never been so easy!
The State Employee Charitable Campaign is the only statutorily authorized workplace campaign for state agency and higher education employees throughout Texas. In 2012, the SECC marked its 19th year by raising more than $9.485 million for charitable organizations throughout the state, nation and world.
What is the State Employee Charitable Campaign?
Thanks to legislation that created the State Employee Charitable Campaign in 1993, employees of state agencies, junior and community colleges, and universities throughout Texas enjoy the benefit of giving to many of their favorite charities through an annual workplace giving campaign which features the convenience of payroll deduction.
We can be proud that the campaign has grown so much over the years, with donations increasing each and every year.
It’s not hard to see why employees of the Friendship State have responded so enthusiastically to the SECC:* It’s an easy, effective and cost-efficient way to give to charities.
* Contributions help improve the quality of life.
* The campaign supports a wide variety of vital health and human services.
* All charities in the campaign must meet strict eligibility criteria.
* The campaign is for state employees and is governed by state employees.