|Rep. Jason Murphey|
Oklahoma City - Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, discusses on his blog the need to establish regular performance audits by the State Auditor. Below are excerpts from his post this morning.
"One of the most important components of this year’s House government modernization effort will involve acting on a request from State Auditor Gary Jones.
"Jones has requested the Legislature to take action and allow his office to establish a performance audits division that could conduct a series of performance audits of state government entities during each year.
"The proposal would allow the people of Oklahoma to vote next November to place this proposal into the Oklahoma Constitution.
"Currently, the Auditor can conduct these audits at the request of the Governor, the Legislature, or the head of an agency. As you might image, it is highly unlikely agency officials from a poorly performing agency would ever request the Auditor to audit their agency.
"Earlier this year, Governor Fallin authorized a performance audit of the state-owned Grand River Dam Authority. That audit was released last week and brought to light a number of concerning details questioning the method by which millions of dollars were being spent."