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Oklahoma State Agency Consolidation

State Representative Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie), chair of the House Government Modernization Committee, has written an opinion piece for the Edmond Sun in which he discusses a recent study to analyze the possible benefits of consolidating some of Oklahoma’s central service agencies. Central service agencies are the state agencies which provide services to other Oklahoma state agencies.

Murphey lists the following agencies:

Department of Central Services Office of State Finance Office of Personnel Management Employees Benefits Council Merit Protection Commission Oklahoma State Employee Education and Group Insurance Board Archives and Records Commission Department of Libraries

Murphey says, “Consolidating some of all of these agencies would present state policy leaders with the opportunity to realize greater efficiency and cost savings through the streamlining of services.”

One study detailed a possible savings of $10 million per year if the consolidation resulted in a reduction of just 20% of appropriated dollars.

Murphey believes the proposed plan will receive serious consideration from the Oklahoma Legislature […] → Keep reading