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Recovery continues to be slow, steady

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in September were $505.1 million and came in flat when compared with the monthly estimate. However, collections to the GRF were $52.4 million, or 11.6 percent, higher than prior year collections for September. 

"I want to continue the drumbeat of urging caution to those who are advocating for optimism when analyzing these revenues. Nothing we are seeing right now indicates that there will be considerably more money for agency appropriations in February," said Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology Preston L. Doerflinger.

Income tax receipts were up 11.1 percent for September, the driving factor being corporate income tax with a 44 percent increase over prior year's collections. 

State Chief Information Office (CIO) Bo Reese has been named President of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) executive committee for 2018. Reese serves as CIO for the State of Oklahoma as administrator of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) Information Services division.

"Bo has continually demonstrated his leadership in overseeing the state's technology and data," said Governor Mary Fallin. "To date, OMES, under Bo's leadership, has saved the state $328 million through statewide IT consolidation. I have no doubt he will provide NASCIO with the same thoughtful and driven leadership that he has provided for the State of Oklahoma."

Today Gov. Mary Fallin, along with State Chief Information Officer Bo Reese and members of the Oklahoma tech community, launched Innovate Oklahoma, a new technology initiative between the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

The initiative will allow custom technology applications to be developed to directly meet the needs of the state departments and agencies, leading to innovation and efficiency in government. 

"Innovate Oklahoma is an exciting initiative to grow Oklahoma's tech industry and help launch new startup companies," said Governor Fallin.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Office of Management and Enterprise Services is seeking proposals for the purchase or lease and redevelopment of the 23rd Street Armory located within the State Capitol Complex at 200 N.E. 23rd St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for the 23rd Street Armory building, consisting of 72,667 square feet more or less.

Construction was approved for the 23rd Street Armory as a nationwide Works Progress Administration (WPA) project in September of 1935. Architect and Oklahoma Army National Guard Major Bryan F. Nolen designed the building, which was promoted at the time of construction as being the only armory in the state erected entirely from revenue generated by oil wells located on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds.

Corporate income taxes again contribute nothing to GRF

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund (GRF) collections in July were equal to the monthly estimate, while outpacing the prior year collections by 10.7 percent for the first month of the fiscal year.

GRF collections in July totaled $411.4 million, which is equal to the official estimate upon which the fiscal year 2018 appropriated state budget was based and $39.8 million above prior year collections for the month. Collections from gross production taxes were the high performers, but collections from all other major sources lagged.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Office of Management and Enterprise Services has approved premium rates for health, dental, life, disability and vision insurance plans to be offered to state, education and many local government employees, retirees and dependents for 2018.

The rates were recommended by the Oklahoma Employees Insurance and Benefits Board and approved by OMES Director Preston L. Doerflinger.

The rates presented at Thursday’s board meeting included increases of roughly 3.5 to 8 percent for HealthChoice health plans. HealthChoice is the state’s self-funded insurance plan administered by OMES.

Rainy Day borrowing repaid; money to be returned to agencies after cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY — With General Revenue Fund collections in June beating the monthly estimate, Fiscal Year 2017 GRF receipts fell $175.9 million, or 3.4 percent, short of the yearly estimate.

To close out the fiscal year, the remaining balance of $229 million due to various funds — including the Rainy Day Fund — was repaid as state law requires after June collections finished more than 3 percent above the monthly estimate. 

In February, Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology Preston L. Doerflinger told the state Board of Equalization that he had to borrow from different funds in order to make monthly agency allotments for general revenue appropriations. 

Strategies employed by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to unify the state’s information technology under one umbrella are highlighted in an important new book on organizational leadership, One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams, by bestselling author Chris Fussell.

One Mission is a follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World authored by Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Fussell. In Team of Teams, McChrystal and Fussell articulate concepts used by the Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and Afghanistan to create a more adaptable and effective team.

One Mission presents OMES Information Services as a case study in how to successfully apply these concepts to one of the most complex projects in state history: the State of Oklahoma’s unification of IT assets.

Head of OMES Information Services speaks on federal cybersecurity regulations 

WASHINGTON — Duplicative and inconsistent federal regulations can hinder efforts to unify states’ information technology, save taxpayers’ money and secure citizens’ data, Oklahoma Chief Information Officer Bo Reese testified today before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“Over the past five years, (OMES has) reduced these redundancies, made large strides to unifying technology, and completed consolidation of 76 of the 78 mandated  state agencies and more than 30 voluntary agencies,” said Reese, who leads the Information Services division for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

OMES-managed program will save $6 million in premiums

OKLAHOMA CITY — At a time when state agency budgets are shrinking, the Office of Management and Enterprise Services has produced savings of about $6 million for state agencies in the upcoming fiscal year through the self-insurance program managed by OMES Risk Management.

OMES anticipates most agencies will see reductions in premiums ranging from 6 percent to over 50 percent during what will be the third year for the Consolidated Workers’ Compensation Program.

The savings for agencies comes from reducing costs in workers’ compensation insurance premiums through the OMES program. The state will see an overall 22 percent reduction in its total workers’ compensation cost, a decrease from $27,839,085 in FY 2017 to $21,744,649 in FY 2018.