OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 14, 2017 — My goal since the beginning of the discovery of fiscal mismanagement at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) mirrors that of the legislative investigative committee. That goal is to find out exactly what happened, how it happened and how to prevent it going forward. My testimony indicated that the minute the severity of this problem became apparent, my team and the governor took swift action to help rectify the situation.
The testimony given today was about assigning blame and political theater. If Auditor Jones did not feel my response to his initial conversation on Sept. 1 was adequate, then why did he not go directly to the OSDH Board – the governing body of the agency? Or to the governor, or to the legislative leadership who had the authority to appropriate money to help the agency make payroll?