General Government Agencies and Services
Several large general government agencies receive state appropriations.
- The Oklahoma Tax Commission collects and apportions most of the taxes in the state. It received $44 million in appropriations in FY 2017 and supplemented this with over $55 million from interest and penalties on taxes and various dedicated fees.
- The Legislature (including the House of Representatives, Senate, and Legislative Services Bureau) eceived approximately $36 million in FY 2017 appropriations, a 49 percent increase since FY 2011.
- The Office of Management and Enterprise Services manages the state’s finances and accounting; operates centralized purchasing, building operations, data processing and telephone services for state agencies, and coordinates the hiring of state employees. Its $35 million FY 2017 The legal action by the Legislature to authorize spending by specific agencies for specific purposes... was supplemented by over $300 million in fees and charges to other agencies for services.
- The Military Department, better known as the Oklahoma National Guard, used $10 million in appropriations and over $30 million in federal funds to serve as a reserve for the nation’s military and respond to civil emergencies.
- Several other small but important agencies receive funding, including the Election Board, which oversees voter registration and elections in the state (most of which are operated by county election baords) and the Office of Civil Emergency Management, which plans for and responds to natural and other disasters.
Several important general government agencies do not receive state appropriations.
- The Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board, better known as HealthChoice, provides health insurance for state employees and teachers and their dependents, where desired. This agency spent $929 million on benefits for state and local employees in 2014.
- The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency issues bonds and collects federal Money received by a government entity.... to finance housing programs for the homeless, renters, and homeowners. The agency collected approximately $163 million in FY 2015; three-fourths was federal funding and the most of the remainder was loan payments.