House of Representatives

RELEASE: Rep. Roberts Comments on Potential OSDE Audit

9/16/2021 3:12:00 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, commented on today’s announcement by Governor Kevin Stitt requesting an audit of the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). This would be the first-ever audit of OSDE, and would focus on the state agency's financial oversight of public schools. According to Governor Stitt’s office, the request demands identification of all revenue sources flowing into OSDE through federal funds, state appropriations, taxes and fees, and to determine whether OSDE and Oklahoma school districts are complying with financial transaction reporting requirements.

“I would like to congratulate the Governor and my 22 colleagues for requesting that the State Auditor conduct an audit of OSDE,” Roberts said. “This has been needed for some time now. In fact, I have been requesting this audit take place since the second special session of 2017. During this special session I filed HB1043 which would have enforced an audit of OSDE by the State Auditor.”

Roberts continued, “OSDE now receives more than $3.1 Billion in taxpayer funding each year, and any government agency being allocated this much funding should be audited on a regular basis. This is just common sense.”