Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January 13, 2015
Sen. Ron Sharp
Sharp files legislation
to strengthen state’s Performance Informed Budgeting system
On Tuesday, Sen. Ron Sharp filed legislation to increase
accountability and transparency of taxpayer dollars through strengthening
Oklahoma’s Performance Informed Budgeting (P.I.B.) system.
Senate Bill 189 would remove Zero-Based Budgeting from Oklahoma
statutes as the state no longer uses the system and would refocus
legislators’ attention to the importance of the state’s
Performance Informed Budgeting System.
Each year, House and Senate appropriations subcommittees are required
by law to hold budget and performance review meetings with all state
agencies that they oversee. This bill will place increased emphasis
on the performance review aspect of the meetings.
“A Performance Informed Budgeting process moves the focus
away from simply how much an agency receives to what an agency can
achieve with allocated funds. We, as a state, can no longer afford
to throw money into the wind with no accountability as to how our
state agencies are using those funds,” said Sharp, R-Shawnee.
“When agencies are forced to account for why and how they’re
spending every dollar, they typically discover that there are areas
where they can cut back or simply reallocate funds to a different
department. This system has led to significant cost savings for
other states and it’s beginning to help ours as well.”
Sharp worked with Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information
Technology Preston Doerflinger and State Auditor and Inspector Gary
Jones in crafting the bill.
“Performance informed budgeting ties government spending to
measurable goals and outcomes so government can be more effective
in how it deploys taxpayer resources during the budgeting process.
This legislation is one of many steps the state must take to improve
how budgets are built and results are tracked,” said Doerflinger.
“Oklahoma’s budget process needs change, and I commend
Senator Sharp and other legislators for pursuing improvements like
this that represent smarter, better approaches for taxpayers and
the services government provides them.”
Jones said the P.I.B. budgeting system would help legislators better
understand the actual financial needs of agencies.
“This measure takes the necessary first step toward providing
lawmakers with meaningful, performance-based information to help
them determine the actual needs of appropriated state agencies as
opposed to simply funding government at last year’s level
with a possible across-the-board or selective percentage increase
or, more likely, decrease,” said Jones.
The bill also has the support of state Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.
“Reform is a continual process. Today Oklahoma has the technology
as well as public servants with the integrity who can implement
a process of reform such as proposed by Senator Sharp,” said
Costello. “This proposed reform captures some of the best
practices of the private sector and combines them with the necessary
checks and balances of public service.”
Sharp pointed out that Oklahoma has worked within a balanced budget
system since 1941 and will continue to do so under the P.I.B. system.
“This new budget system should guarantee to the public accountability
and transparency for every dollar spent by our state agencies as
well as let them know exactly what has or has not been accomplished
with those funds,” said Sharp. “I want to thank Finance
Director Doerflinger, Auditor Jones, and Commissioner Costello for
their expertise and support on this important issue.”
All agency budget and performance reviews are posted on the Senate
website at http://appropriations.oksenate.gov/
For more information, contact:
Sen. Sharp: (405) 521-5539