Sen. Mike Schulz
Senate approves creation of independent commission to
conduct performance audits of state agencies
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday in a bipartisan
vote approved a bill creating an independent commission to conduct
comprehensive performance audits of state agencies. House Bill
2311 is authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike
Schulz, R-Altus, and House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka.
The bill creates the Agency Performance and Accountability Commission
which is directed to conduct a comprehensive performance audit
of state agencies, as well as conduct a diagnostic analysis of
the state’s budget to identify spending trends. The commission
would then make recommendations to the Legislature on how to implement
best practices from both the private and public sector to ensure
state government services are run in the most cost-effective manner.
“This year’s budget shortfall highlights the need
to ensure state government is operating efficiently, but during
‘bad’ or ‘good’ budgets our goal remains
the same: to ensure the most cost-effective use of taxpayer dollars.
This measure will provide lawmakers with independent data to help
us make more well-informed decisions about the state’s spending
priorities. Oklahoma taxpayers deserve a state government run
efficiently and one that delivers service at a high level and
this bill moves us one step closer to achieving those goals,”
The measure now returns to the House for consideration of Senate
amendments to the bill.
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