Kaye Beach

Oklahoma State: ‘Glitch’ doubled reported cost of trucks

In Accountability, Oklahoma Economy on February 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Oklahoma Watchdog Reports;

OKLAHOMA CITY – Seven “weatherization” pickup trucks didn’t cost $360,000 in federal stimulus money. They cost $180,000, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

But don’t bother going to the state American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Web site to confirm that.

A “glitch” put incorrect information on www.ok.gov/recovery. As of Friday the Office of State Finance said they corrected the problems.

On Thursday the portion that had the figures were not there. As of Friday it was up, however.

Gov. Brad Henry ordered the new Oklahoma “Recovery” site to “ensure full transparency and accountability” for federal stimulus funds.

As reported Thursday by Oklahoma Watchdog, the U.S. Department of Energy sent the DOC $1.2 million, a portion of which was meant for weatherizing low-income homes by community development agencies. However a study of the breakdown of the funds revealed $360,000 was used to buy seven pickup trucks from various Oklahoma dealerships.

That figure, according to DOC spokesman Jason McCarty, was “doubled” due to a “glitch.”

On Friday, Oklahoma Watchdog was directed to speak with Ron Jenkins, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act coordinator with the Office of State Finance. The OSF is the office responsible for producing the Governor’s Executive Budget and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

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