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Branon began his career with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, which regulates Louisiana's oil and gas, energy and coastal management activities, after graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, with a B.S. in biology (wetland ecology). Before joining the Railroad Commission on Dec. 3, 2012, as chief information officer, Brandon had worked at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) since 1999. Career highlights at TCEQ include serving as director of TCEQ's Information Resources Division for the past three years. Before becoming director, he managed strategic planning at TCEQ since 1999 and helped TCEQ with environmental-specific information technology (IT) programs including air quality and water quality. This included leading a multiple-state effort to develop a Web-based application called, NetDMR, which receives wastewater discharge monitoring reports (DMR). DMRs make up the second largest data requirement to the federal government (the largest involves tax data requirements). NetDMR is now being used by many other states' environmental agencies as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Texas also received national recognition for security and identity authentication protocols used in NetDMR and also in TCEQ's State of Texas Environmental Electronic Reporting System (STEERS).