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First seven months of fiscal year only 3.9 percent above estimate

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in January were $596 million and came in at $47.2 million, or 8.6 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $90.8 million, or 18.0 percent, above collections in January of 2017. 

Total collections over the first seven months of the fiscal year were $3.3 billion which is $122 million, or 3.9 percent, above the year-to-date estimate and $369 million, or 12.7 percent, over the year-to-date for 2017.

"It is a good sign that we have been surpassing the estimate consistently for the past few months, but I'm not ready to declare that the state has totally recovered from the energy downturn," said Office of Management and Enterprise Services Director Denise Northrup. "I know others have been significantly more celebratory about recent returns, but we have a long way to make up from the multi-year downturns to show we are back on track."

Year-to-date shows small increase of only 2.9%

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in December were $512.6 million and came in at $36.6 million, or 7.7 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $93.1 million, or 22.2 percent above collections in December of 2016. Total collections over the first six months of the fiscal year were $2.7 billion which is $75.2 million, or 2.9 percent, above the year-to-date estimate and $278.1 million, or 11.6 percent, over the year-to-date for 2016.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services has released the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

The CAFR is a yearly issuance published by OMES and reviewed by the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector. The CAFR is required by state law and is the primary means of reporting the state government's financial activities. It maintains reporting information for all agencies, funds and component units included in the state reporting entity, and prepares the annual schedule of expenditures of federal awards.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Incentive Evaluation Commission has submitted and posted its final report on 12 state economic tax incentives reviewed this year.

As required under the state’s Incentive Evaluation Act, the report was submitted today to Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz and House Speaker Charles McCall. The report was posted today on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website, documents.ok.gov and on the commission’s website.

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?

Year-to-date comes in slightly above estimate at 1.8%

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in November were $390.6 million and came in at $28.7 million, or 7.9 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $48.2 million, or 14.1 percent above collections in November of 2016. Total collections over the first five months of the fiscal year were $2.2 billion which is $38.6 million, or 1.8 percent, above the year-to-date estimate and $185 million, or 9.4 percent, over the year-to-date for 2016.

No indication current trend to yield significant growth in next fiscal year

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in October were $436.4 million and came $2.5 million, 0.6 percent, above the monthly estimate. Coincidentally, the year-to-date estimate also came in above by 0.6 percent. There was improvement in nearly every category from last year, as expected. 

"A revenue failure does not seem to be in the forecast, but neither does a healthy surplus, so maintaining FY 18 levels of funding to core services will require continued discussion, cooperation and effort," said Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology Preston L. Doerflinger. "If the Legislature desires a different path forward, I urge them to begin putting those plans together now so they can be discussed during the next regular session."

Oklahoma City, Nov. 1, 2017 — Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology Preston Doerflinger issued this statement responding to Legislature's plans to fund state agencies:

"Perpetuating the theory that providing a small amount of funding to help agencies with the promise we can come back during regular session blatantly disregards the balanced budget requirement set in our constitution.

"I am firmly of the opinion that the constitution requires Oklahoma to maintain a balanced budget, thereby not allowing the Legislature to “float” agencies until the Legislature returns. If appropriated funding is insufficient to maintain service levels provided in agencies’ original FY 2018 budgets, then reducing service levels is the only option left for those agencies. 

The State Capitol Building will open on schedule after being closed since 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, for an electrical upgrade. The building was closed to remove existing electrical equipment and make the transfer to a new system.

The first 72 hours were the most crucial to the outage success, as demolition crews worked around the clock to remove existing switchgear and busway traversing the southwest wing of the building. At the same time, framers prepared a new fire-rated and code compliant electrical room where the connection was made between the OG&E vault and the new underground feeders.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The State Capitol building, which will be without power, will be closed to everyone but workers from Manhattan Construction for one week starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, per direction of the Oklahoma Fire Marshal. The temporary closure is necessary to ensure the safety of construction workers, tenants and visitors while the Capitol’s outdated electrical infrastructure is being replaced. The building will be reopened to tenants and the public on Monday, Oct. 23. 

“When you’re talking about this sort of voltage, there’s virtually no way to work it safely when you’re talking about the terminations. That’s why you have to completely shut down the power to do the work,” said Andrea Gossard in a video detailing the electrical power project. Gossard is the project manager for Manhattan Construction, the company handling the interior restoration work. 

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Caden Cleveland

Caden Cleveland

Director 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 White

Denise White

Communications 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 Lowrey

Jake Lowrey

eGov 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 Campo

Public 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 Southall

Benefits 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 Bigler

Graphic 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 Altenhofel

Brian Altenhofel

UI/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 Lundmark

Brian Lundmark

Visual 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-Roberts

Brittany Coley-Roberts

Public 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 Bolain

Christa Bolain

Copy 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 Baker

Debra Baker

Benefits 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 Johnson

Jessalyn Johnson

Graphic 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 Oswald

Kory Oswald

Copy 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.