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CATRAD

TPASS went live with the initial phase of the new CATRAD (Contract Advisory Team Review and Delegation) application to automate the current processes for both major contract solicitation reviews conducted by the Contract Advisory Team (CAT) and agency requests for delegation.

Agencies shall submit reviews to CATRAD that meet the following criteria:

CAT Reviews

  1. Any agency major contract solicitation over $10 million in value must be submitted to the CAT team for review. See Texas Government Code, Sec. 2262.101. CREATION; DUTIES and Sec. 2262.001(4) DEFINITIONS.
  2. State agencies are required, under Texas Government Code, Section 2262.101(d), to:
    • comply with the CAT's recommendations on solicitation and contract documents submitted for mandatory CAT review; or
    • submit a written explanation to the CAT regarding why a specific CAT recommendation is not applicable to the contract under review.
  3. Substantial Changes to Solicitations

    If the initial major contract solicitation document submitted to the CAT changes substantially, agencies are required to resubmit their solicitation document(s) for CAT review. Changes in the major contract solicitation are considered substantial when:

    • the solicitation change caused the estimated value for the original term of the contract, not including renewal periods, to increase by 25 percent or more; or
    • there are significant revisions, deletions and/or additions to the specifications, statement of work (SOW), set(s) of deliverables, performance measures, payment methodology, etc.

Delegation Reviews

  1. Any agency contract solicitation (IFB or RFP) for the purchase of services over $100,000 per year must be submitted to TPASS (CATRAD) as a request for delegated purchase authority. See Texas Government Code, Sec. 2156.121(c) USE OF COMPETITIVE SEALED PROPOSALS.

Major Information Resources Projects

The Texas Project Delivery Framework establishes a consistent, statewide method for technology project selection, control, and evaluation based on alignment with business goals and objectives. The TPDF is required for major information resources projects. If necessary, agencies may contact DIR by emailing projectdelivery@dir.texas.gov to request consultation on applicability of Framework requirements to a specific major contract. Below are links to information regarding the TPDF and major IR projects.

Texas Project Delivery Framework Main Page
What is the Texas Project Delivery Framework?
What is a Major Information Resources Project?
Five Misconceptions about the Texas Project Delivery Framework

CATRAD Benefits

  • The Major Contract Questionnaire (MCQ) has been replaced by an online application to initiate the agency request for a review.
  • A tracking mechanism is available for end-users to acquire live status on a particular request.
  • The automatic system generation of CAT reviews and delegation reviews replaces the previous manual review response process.

Gaining Access to CATRAD

Prior to your first use of CATRAD, you must gain access rights to the program. To do this, contact one of your agency "Superusers" of the TPASS web application portal and request membership into the CATRAD application. For a list of state agency "Superusers", go to: https://portal.cpa.state.tx.us/securitycoordinators.asp. After gaining access, login to the CPA Web Applications Portal and click on "CATRAD - CATRAD Forms" link to start the request submittal process.

Contact Us

The TPASS and CAT strive to increase efficiency and add value to business processes through the use of technology. To that end, we encourage you to provide us with comments or suggestions regarding the use of the CATRAD application. Please email us at the address listed below.

For assistance in utilizing the CATRAD application, please contact Mark KasPar at mark.kaspar@cpa.state.tx.us or (512) 463-8169.

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