IRDR & IR-CAP

The Information Resources Deployment Review (IRDR) is a self-assessment tool designed to reveal your agency’s technology strengths and weaknesses. Results are valuable because they can serve as the catalyst for a discussion among your Information Resources Manager (IRM), agency business areas, and your agency leadership. Your results are also valuable to DIR because they help us determine what information to include in the Biennial Performance Report (BPR). ​

The IRDR is a standardized survey that:​​​​​​

  • Measures an agency’s progress against the State Strategic Plan (SSP)
  • Confirms that the agency is in compliance with the state's IR-related statutes, rules, and standards
  • Examines how each IR deployment has supported the agency's mission, goals, and objectives

IRDR Planning​​ and Resources

SPECTRIM Portal

2020 IRDR Instructions (.docx, 329KB).

2020 IRDR Part Four Supplemental Instructions

2020 IRDR FAQ

Optional Maturity Assessments

Cloud Assessment (.xlsm, 305KB).

Data Management and Analytics Assessment (.xlsm, 354KB).

Digital Services Assessment (.xlsm, 787KB).

IRDR News and Updates

SB 532, 85(R) has changed the statutory deadline of the IRDR from December 1 of odd years to March 31 of even years. 

Data collection through the SPECTRIM portal will occur from January 2020 to March 31, 2020.

2020 IRDR

Action Date
Information Resources Deployment Review (IRDR) instructions released December 2, 2019
Statewide Portal for Enterprise Cybersecurity Threat, Risk and Incident Management (SPECTRIM) open for data entry Mid-January 2020
STATE AGENCIES - Deadline to submit all IRDR responses (including IT inventory and application assessment) March 31, 2020
INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION - Deadline to submit the EIR accessibility survey responses March 31, 2020
STATE AGENCIES - Deadline to complete Information Resource Corrective Action Plans (IR-CAP) for items of non-compliance, if applicable May 31, 2020


​IRDR Reporting 

Every even year, agency IRMs and institutions of higher education are required to complete the IRDR. 

NOTE:  While institutions of higher education are no longer required to report IRDR results to DIR, they are still required to complete the survey according to DIR instructions. State agencies, however, must still submit their IRDR results to DIR.​

DIR then uses your IRDR results for a variety of purposes, including to: 

  • Gauge progress on the state’s technology priorities
  • Provide high-level information for the state’s Biennial Performance Report
  • Analyze requests and provide information to the Legislature
  • Initiate​ the Information Resources-Corrective Action Plan (IR-CAP) process,​ which is required by statute

After collecting IRDR results from agencies, DIR forwards them to the other members of the state’s Quality Assurance Team: the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the State Auditor’s Office (SAO). 

If an agency’s IRDR reveals any issues of non-compliance, DIR notifies the agency, which must then submit an IR-CAP.

​Information Resources-Corrective Action Plan

If your IRDR survey reveals that your agency is non-compliant in any area, DIR notifies you that you must submit an IR-CAP. DIR reviews and approves IR-CAPs and reports the approval status to SAO and LBB.

The IR-CAP process is designed to elevate agency awareness of IR compliance issues and to demonstrate to DIR that you are making progress toward correcting them. While full compliance remains a challenge for some agencies, DIR stands ready to assist IRMs in their efforts.

Section 2054.097, Government Code requires DIR to review the IRDR responses of each agency (not including institutions of higher education) to determine compliance with state technology standards, provisions in the State Strategic Plan, or existing corrective action plans. The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Rules are the rules against which the IR-CAP is measured.​