As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and a record number of Oklahomans file for unemployment, the Office of Management and Enterprise Services is doing what it does best, providing technology and human resources solutions to agencies that need it during this unprecedented time.
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General Revenue Fund collections in October totaled $524.7 million, which is $18.7 million, or 3.7%, above the monthly estimate. This is $28.4 million, or 5.1%, below collections in October of 2019. Total GRF collections through the first four months of fiscal year 2021 are $2.3 billion, which is $101.0 million, or 4.6%, above the estimate, and $258.0 million, or 12.5%, above prior year collections for the same period.
"Although we have yet to see the full impact of $20 per barrel oil, it is clear from dropping sales and use tax collections that our economy is beginning to feel the pain," said OMES Director Steve Harpe. "This compounded with COVID-19 'stay at home' requirements and extended IRS tax filing deadlines, we expect to see the greatest impact to collections over these last remaining months of fiscal year 2020 and into the upcoming fiscal year."
General Revenue Fund collections in February were $327.3 million and came in at $23.5 million, or 6.7%, below the monthly estimate. This amount is $57.9 million, or 15.0%, below collections in February of 2019.
The Office of Management and Enterprise Services is partnering with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum to renovate the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Grove on the State Capitol Campus.
Initial work to expand the grove and enhance visitors’ overall experience will begin soon.
Steven Harpe, Office of Management and Enterprise Services director, has named Shelley Zumwalt as the agency’s chief of innovation. She most recently served as the chief of communications and strategic engagement at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
Zumwalt started her state service almost a decade ago as a budget analyst at OMES before overseeing communications at the OMES Employees Group Insurance Division. She then was named director of the Public Affairs division of OMES. In addition to her service at OMES, Zumwalt also served in the Office of the Governor as public affairs director.
Governor Kevin Stitt today appointed Jerry Moore as state government’s chief information officer, a position that oversees information technology services for all state agencies.
"Throughout his career, Jerry has exhibited his expertise in the design and management of high-performance, cost-effective technology solutions,” said Governor Stitt. “His expertise is exactly what we need to continue to improve services across state government and move Oklahoma forward.”
Total GRF collections over the first seven months of fiscal year 2020 were $28.8 million, or 0.7%, below the estimate, and $60.8 million, or 1.6%, above prior year collections for the same period.
“Oklahoma is on track with the year-to-date figures, but we continue to see softness in the energy sector,” said Steven Harpe, director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. “We need to keep this in mind as we look to the rest of the year.”
General Revenue Fund collections in December 2019 totaled $631.8 million. This is $11.2 million, or 1.8%, above collections in December 2018. At the same time, this figure is $8.9 million, or 1.4%, below the monthly estimate. Total GRF collections over the first six months of fiscal year 2020 were $28.3 million, or 0.9%, above the estimate, and $65.6 million, or 2.1%, above prior year collections for the same period.
General Revenue Fund collections in November were $467.1 million and came in at $17.5 million, or 3.9%, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $35.0 million, or 7.0%, below collections in November of 2018. Total GRF collections over the first five months of fiscal year 2020 were $2,525.6 million, which is $37.2 million, or 1.5%, above the estimate, and $54.3 million, or 2.2%, above prior year collections for the same period.
General Revenue Fund collections in October were $553.1 million and came in at $26.1 million, or 5.0%, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $33.0 million, or 6.3%, above collections in October of 2018. Total GRF collections over the first four months of fiscal year 2020 were $19.7 million, or 1.0%, above the estimate, and $89.4 million, or 4.5%, above prior year collections for the same period.
Caden ClevelandDirector of Legislative and Public Affairs
As director of Legislative and Public Affairs, Caden Cleveland works closely with OMES Chief of Staff Dana Webb and oversees the Public Affairs team. He serves as the spokesperson for the agency and collaborates with all other OMES divisions to communicate with the public and promote OMES. Cleveland, who is a native Oklahoman, earned a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University and worked for the Oklahoma Senate before joining OMES. He lives with his wife, Jessica, and their goldendoodle, Liberty.
Denise WhiteCommunications Manager
As publications manager for OMES Public Affairs, Denise White’s mantra is that we are all in this together – it is in partnership with one another that our success is guaranteed. And to that end, she shares this sentiment with Maya Angelou: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to so do with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style."
Jake LowreyeGov Manager
A member of the original OMES Communications Department, Jake Lowrey manages content on the agency website, oversees GovDelivery communications system for the state and supervises the team responsible for accessibility of agency documents. Regardless of rumors to the contrary, he is a member of the human race and not an alien from outer space.
Bonnie CampoPublic Information Manager
Bonnie Campo is the public information manager at OMES. She spent close to 10 years in the broadcast news industry before joining the Public Affairs team in November of 2020. When she is not working, Bonnie is spending time with family and friends, or on a hiking trail. Please contact her for media related requests.
Amy SouthallBenefits Communications Specialist
Amy Southall has been with OMES Public Affairs since 2016 and with the State of Oklahoma since 2001, with nearly 15 of those years spent with the OMES Employees Group Insurance Division. As a benefits communications specialist for the Public Affairs communications team, Amy makes your job in communicating with internal and external customers easier. In addition to copy editing and contributing written content, she also remediates agencywide material for website accessibility.
Ben BiglerGraphic Designer
Ben Bigler's goal is to transform information and concepts into images and publication designs that are appealing, easy to understand and, occasionally, entertaining. Ben is always on the lookout for new ideas and his more than three decades as a photojournalist, page designer and informational graphic artist give him tools to help your audience see what you want to say. When not in front of a computer, Ben can usually be found in the garden, in the kitchen or on a mountain trail.
Brian AltenhofelUI/UX Designer
Brian Altenhofel is an experienced web developer and has been with OMES Public Affairs since 2018. Brian enjoys long days writing code and solving difficult problems while using a mechanical keyboard and a trackball. Hobbies include hunting, fishing, long nights in Azeroth and watching all forms of auto racing.
Brian LundmarkVisual and Graphic Arts Specialist
Brian Lundmark wanted to be a cartoonist but settled for being an Emmy award winner, a world famous dancer and a YouTube sensation. Now he spends his time creating beautiful graphics and videos for the state of Oklahoma and helping your projects be as awesome as you are.
Brittany Coley-RobertsPublic Record Coordinator
Brittany Coley-Roberts developed and implemented a streamlined OMES open records request process online. Her history as an executive administrative assistant, employee training manager and experience with a variety of software and technical assistant roles helps her be a team player who is willing to contribute to this division in a variety of ways. She has taken significant initiative with OMES’ social media presence and acts as one of two lead administrators on OMES social channels.
Christa BolainCopy Editor
Christa Bolain coordinates and creates original content for all OMES social media platforms, with an emphasis on written and visual communication. She assists with the research, writing, editing and distribution of OMES internal and external publications for grammar, spelling, consistency and OMES branding compliance.
Christa earned her B.A. in professional writing with special distinction from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime member of the Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society for excellence in journalism and mass communication.
Debra BakerBenefits Communications Specialist
As a communication specialist and web administrator, Debra Baker is part of a team focused on making information accurate, clear and easy to understand prior to distribution. Her role involves working with printed and electronic publications along with maintaining the information on the OMES website. She acts as the point of contact for different divisions on many projects and has 30 years’ experience as a state employee.
Jessalyn JohnsonGraphic Designer
Jessalyn Johnson's work is focused on creating graphics and publications that clearly communicate complex information in simple and dynamic ways. Her 15+ years of experience in branding, apparel, large format, packaging and print design allow her to do this effectively. Jessa is passionate about improving her skills. She welcomes constructive criticism and devotes herself daily to becoming a better person, designer and communicator. She also enjoys oil painting, traveling, playing golf, and spending time with her girlfriend and two adopted children.
Kory OswaldCopy Editor
Kory Oswald is an award-winning journalist and professional communicator with a deep understanding of multimedia, content creation, news publication and propagation. He is experienced in broadcast and print news, starting as a reporter then digital media director, managing editor, editor-in-chief and eventually as a publisher. Now he bring his experience to OMES Public Affairs. He serves as a copy editor for internal and external communications, and contributes to video and audio projects like the Get Stuff Done Podcast, OMES Employees Group Insurance Division videos and A Seat at the Table podcast.