Ann Fuelberg, executive director of the Employees Retirement System (ERS) of Texas, has received the prestigious Bob Bullock Award for her technology leadership in the public sector. The award was presented last night during a dinner held at the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin.

Under Fuelberg's direction, ERS has implemented a broad array of new services using technology to support its administration of programs that provide retirement, deferred compensation and flexible benefits for nearly 200,000 state employees and retirees. Fuelberg has used IT to support and broaden the Retirement Systems' investments, including alternative investments that will further diversify the ERS' portfolio.

ERS administers a $23 billion investment portfolio and is responsible for managing the Texas Employees Group Benefits program, which provides health care coverage to more than 500,000 state and higher education employees, retires and their families.

Fuelberg, a veteran of state government, is the former deputy comptroller of public accounts and was the first executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources, when it was created in 1989.

The Bob Bullock Award is named after the 38th lieutenant governor, who served two terms from 1991 to 1999. Bullock is considered one of the most outstanding Texas political leaders of the 20th Century and has been compared to U.S. House Speaker Sam Rayburn and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Bullock died on June 18, 1999.