President Pro Tempore
Senator Mike Schulz, R-Altus
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 26, 2017
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,” Schulz said.
The measure now returns to the House for consideration of Senate
amendments to the bill.
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