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During the 87th State Legislative session, SB 475 required appointment of agency data management officers. From the state chief data management officer’s website:

With the passing of Senate Bill (SB) 475 during the 87th Legislative session, there is continued emphasis on data governance and management for state agencies and institutions of higher education. SB 475 requires the appointment of a designated data management officer for agencies above the threshold of 150 full time employees.

This does not effect research data management, which is already well established. This is an overall management program that seeks to identify data assets within the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) to ensure consistent governance, security and compliance.