Last week the Board met on September 6 to conduct its regular quarterly meeting, postponed from late August to accommodate an unexpected and important development. The agenda was far from typical as it included a public hearing on the subject of “evaluations” and we had a high level of interest in the subject matter! We also said a special thanks to Ms. Sara Jones Oates for her diligent service as one of the original appointees to the Board’s Appraisal Management Company Advisory Committee in 2013 and welcomed her newly appointed replacement Ms. Lisa Rodriguez.
Due to the large volume of business, we needed to conduct to both meet our obligations to advance the normal work of the Board, and consider all of the matters highlighted in the agency’s Sunset Report, the Board met for two days in February. The first day was an extended workshop with in-depth discussions of policy and process matters and the second was equally detailed but included votes directing action on a variety of issues the members determined needed specific attention and guidance from the Board.
The agency has had quite a busy summer and the fall continues to bring a steady stream of challenges. As we continue working through all the issues which arise, especially through the Sunset process, know that we remain fully committed to exploring every effective option available to improve this agency’s performance. First and foremost, our mission has not changed and our dedication to accomplish it in the most effective, efficient and transparent manner is shared by our policymakers and our staff team.
The Sunset Commission has published on its website the Staff Report for the Texas Real Estate Commission and the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board. The Commission and Board will hold a joint meeting on October 12th in Austin to coordinate the Agency’s written response. As always, the meeting will be streamed live on our websites.
We know it can be a bit overwhelming to receive a complaint notification from TALCB. We have created this video to give you a better idea of what to expect during this process.
August has burned away and early September is here. I trust your summer was productive and your fall will allow a change of pace. The agency is preparing for a full season of policy considerations.
You may have heard commentary recently about the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB)’s Standards and Enforcement Services (“SES”) Division, which may have raised some questions. First, we hosted a Facebook Live Event with our Director of Enforcement where we answered your questions:
The mission and performance of the Texas Real Estate Commission and Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.
The next regular quarterly meeting of the TALCB is just around the corner and it promises some unusual excitement. Please note that the importance of this meeting is emphasized by the fact that an appraiser credential holder may receive up to four hours of appraiser continuing education (ACE) for attending the entire meeting. This is the year for the Board to undergo strategic planning, rule review and a special Sunset Commission evaluation. The ASC team is already on site and by Friday will complete its biennial compliance review.