Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has named state auditor Steve Burrage to oversee the spending of federal stimulus money to ensure it is used effectively and efficiently.
Henry said the state would provide information on stimulus spending with the Office of State Finance’s “Open Books” Web site at www.ok.gov/okaa. The stimulus site can also be accessed through the governor’s Web site at www.gov.ok.gov.
“In light of the size and scope of the stimulus package, complete transparency is essential to ensure public confidence,” the governor said. “By posting all information on the Web and having the auditor oversee the process, we can bolster public trust and ensure an informed citizenry.”
Burrage will help oversee the stimulus process, particularly the expenditure of federal funds. Henry has already directed the members of his executive cabinet to review stimulus needs and help facilitate the application for and effective use of stimulus dollars.
Henry said state officials began making plans for the funds late last year when policy makers in Washington first began discussions on a federal economic recovery plan.