House Special Investigation Committee to Continue

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Josh Cockroft (R-Wanette), the chair of the House Special Investigation Committee, today said he is pleased with how the investigation has unfolded to date and that the Committee intends to follow up on several revelations learned during the last two weeks. Cockroft said testimony from witnesses has revealed there is insufficient oversight in the executive branch, inadequate internal controls in both the Department of Health and the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) and a lack of communication between agency leadership and the Governor’s Office.

In addition, Cockroft said there is insufficient oversight from the Legislature over the agencies. “Foremost, the investigation has revealed there are a lot of weaknesses in the way the Legislature interacts with and oversees the agencies that administer taxpayer dollars, and that there is equally insufficient oversight from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services over the agencies. There seems to be very few processes, if any, currently in place that would prevent the type of misconduct and mismanagement that has taken place at the Department of Health during the last six years.”

 

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