Texas Spending on Restricted Technology

Overview:

Between 2016 and 2023, the state of Texas spent $12,282,700 on restricted Chinese technology from Lexmark, Inc. and Lenovo, Inc.

Progress:

On January 26, 2023 Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a Model Security Plan for Prohibited Technologies, which includes a website site that lists all technologies including apps, software, hardware, or technology providers that are prohibited and will be regularly updated by the Department of Public Safety and Texas Department of Information Resources. This follows the 2021 Lone Star Infrastructure Protection Act enacted to combat threats to Texas’ cybersecurity by preventing businesses with ties to “hostile” nations from accessing the state’s energy grid and other critical infrastructure.