Friday, October 19, 2012

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Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Austin Child Support Employee Manager of the Year

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Michael Gray, a technology contracts manager in the Child Support Division’s Austin headquarters, for his commitment to Texas children. Gray, who was named “Manager of the Year,” received the honor Thursday at the Statewide Child Support Managers’ Meeting in San Antonio.

“Michael Gray’s dedication and commitment to public service has helped ensure thousands of young Texans receive the child support they need to grow healthy and strong,” Attorney General Abbott said. “An outstanding manager with substantial information technology experience, Michael has deployed his considerable expertise to help make the Texas child support program one of the most efficient and effective in the country. We are grateful to Michael for his service to the children of our great state.”

Gray was selected for this award based on recommendations from his peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on his willingness to go beyond his normal duties to serve Texas children. Gray began his career with the Office of the Attorney General in 2004 in the Child Support Division’s Information Technology department. In 2007, he assumed the role of technology contracts manager where he is responsible for enforcing vendor contract compliance and ensuring his staff members are good stewards of state and federal resources. Gray’s team supports contracts that provide hardware, software and services for the infrastructure used by Child Support Division employees across the state.
State Office Manager of the Year Award Recipient

Deputy Director Charles Smith,
Michael Gray and
Deputy Attorney General Alicia G. Key

Gray was chosen to be the Child Support Division’s “Manager of the Year” because he operates the Technology Contracts section with the utmost integrity. Gray is a gifted communicator and is skilled at creating and nurturing relationships – which are integral to his effectiveness as a manager.

Gray’s colleagues praised his passion for providing young Texans the financial and medical support they need and deserve.

“Michael Gray consistently demonstrates his commitment to the child support program, this agency and the state,” said Hershel Becker, deputy director of Contract Operations. “As technology contracts manager, Michael oversees complex mission-critical contracts with numerous private and public entities. He is a valued business partner to his customers and a true mentor to his staff. I am honored to have him on our team.”

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families, including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.