The state comptroller directs the daily operations of OMES central accounting and reporting. Bajema was appointed state comptroller in April 2012. She previously served as the chief financial officer for the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board for two years after serving as director of finance for the previous decade. Bajema is a certified public accountant and a past president of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs.
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State Purchasing Director
Ferris J. Barger was named State Purchasing Director in June 2015. He is a native Oklahoman with 12 years of state government experience between his two years at the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and decade of service with the Oklahoma State Health Department. At OMES, he oversees and directs execution of state purchasing law and procurement processes while helping improve a variety of technology procurement functions. Barger has practiced before the bar in many courts and was Deputy General Counsel for Information Services at OMES.
Director of Budget, Policy and Gaming Compliance
The director of budget, policy and gaming compliance assists the director of OMES in developing policy on fiscal issues to ensure consistency with the governor’s platforms and goals. To that end, the director of budget and policy also monitors and provides input regarding legislation that affects the state budget and helps to manage the implementation of that legislation. Also, the director is responsible for ensuring gaming entities operate in accordance with the Tribal Gaming Compact and federal regulations, and participates in specific task forces with other state and federal agencies and represents the state in federal litigation. Manek is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and major in accounting. She has served in the budget division under three governors and six OMES directors.
Kathy Pendarvis has served as general counsel for OMES since 2012. She counsels agency leadership on state and federal laws, assesses legal risks, strategizes on major litigation and manages a team of lawyers working in a variety of practice specialties ranging from employment and health law to state procurement laws. Pendarvis is proficient in open meetings, open records and confidentiality laws; state laws governing agency and technology consolidation; state purchasing and bidding laws; finance law, and a hosts of other state and federal regulations.
Chief Information Officer
As the chief information officer, Bo Reese manages OMES Information Services. The CIO has jurisdictional responsibility related to information and telecommunications systems of all state agencies as provided under the Oklahoma Information Services Act. As Oklahoma’s CIO, Reese is overseeing the consolidation of all state agency information technology infrastructure and services to within OMES. Rather than having an IT department at each state agency, Oklahoma now has one IT department overseen by Reese in consultation with the agencies.
Capital Assets Management Administrator
Dan Ross was appointed administrator of the Capital Assets Management Division in November 2014. As administrator, Ross oversees six business departments and two administrative units that deliver services in facilities management, construction and properties, fleet management, risk management, property reutilization, printing-interagency mail, audit services and board and commission support.
Oklahoma Capitol Project Manager
Trait Thompson was named project manager of the State Capitol Restoration Project by the director of OMES in July 2014. Thompson oversees all aspects of the restoration and makes frequent appearances in online, print and broadcast media, as well as speaks with public and private groups about the importance of restoring the Oklahoma Capitol. He served for four years as legislative director and senior policy adviser to Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman. In addition to his experience in state government, Thompson has worked in the business consulting, nonprofit and telecommunications fields.
Human Capital Management Administrator
Dana Webb is the administrator of human capital management for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. She directs the daily operations of HCM, administering the Merit System of Personnel Administration in both a service and regulatory capacity for the state. HCM includes the office of workforce planning and development, recruitment and retention, employee benefit management, applicant services and testing, classification and compensation and policy and legislative services. She works extensively with the Oklahoma Legislature and other public and private administrators concerning all aspects of OMES and state government.
Employees Group Insurance Division Administrator
Frank Wilson Jr. is the administrator of the OMES Employees Group Insurance Division. EGID administers, manages and provides group health, dental, life and disability insurance for current employees and retirees of state agencies, school districts and other government bodies in Oklahoma. Wilson is a frequent speaker to legislators and membership groups across Oklahoma on all aspects of employee group health insurance and the operations of EGID and its self-funded health care plan, HealthChoice, which serves about 1,000 employer and retiree groups of about 165,000 members.
Director of Public Affairs
Shelley Zumwalt has worked for the State of Oklahoma for a total of eight years, seven of which have been with OMES. During her tenure with OMES, she has worked for multiple divisions within the agency, starting as a budget analyst and later working at the Employees Group Insurance Division before assuming her current position in public affairs. Zumwalt brings 15+ years of experience in a variety of disciplines to the public affairs director position. As director, she serves as a media spokesperson and press contact for OMES and oversees a team of communications professionals and web designers who provide both print and digital publications and information tools for all OMES divisions.