Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 11, 2015
Sen. Ron Sharp
approves Performance Informed Budget measure
The Senate Appropriations Committee gave unanimous
approval to the Performance Informed Budget and Transparency Act
of 2015 Wednesday. Senate Bill 189, by Sen. Ron
Sharp and Rep. Dennis Casey, is a new budgeting process that
will allow for budget dollars to be aligned to state priorities
and measurable outcomes.
The legislature appropriated the funds in 2012 to purchase the software
to lay the groundwork for the new budgeting process and SB 189 will
implement the new system. This budgeting process will replace the
outdated zero-based budgeting process formerly used by the state
and require all state agencies to align their budgets to statewide
programs beginning this year. The statewide programs will in turn
be aligned to performance-informed measures. By aligning budget
to performance, dollars spent and progress made can be seen in the
same place at the same time.
“This budgeting process will for the first time allow the
legislature to appropriate money to state priorities and programs
that have shown positive outcomes,” said Sharp, R-Shawnee.
“Facing another tough budget year and a shrinking revenue
fund, state agencies must be as efficient as possible with their
appropriations and held accountable for their performance. We must
ensure that funded programs are actually accomplishing their goals
and benefitting the people of Oklahoma; if not, we need to get rid
Governor Fallin and her Cabinet have worked with the Office of Management
and Enterprise Services the last few years on creating the Performance
Informed Budgeting system. As part of the process, they created
the website OKStateStat.ok.gov, which features 160 key, measurable
objectives for state government. Once fully implemented, Oklahoma
will become the first state in the nation to develop a comprehensive
budgeting system that ties spending to measurable goals and outcomes.
“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 Secretary
of Finance, Administration and Information Technology Preston 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.”
SB 189 will now go before the full Senate.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Sharp: (405) 521-5539