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Oklahoma’s technology department says it needs $16 million

March 20, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Office of Management Enterprise Services says it needs $16 million by the end of the month for its information technology department, including $7 million to pay bills that are more than 60 days overdue.

The office provides IT services for more than 110 state agencies, including human services, budgeting and purchasing

Agency officials told state lawmakers Tuesday that if money is not provided for the overdue bills, then services provided by state agencies could suffer. Chief Information Officer Bo Reese said the agency would be less able to respond to attacks on agency computer services.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Roger Thompson said he believes OMES has money available to pay the $7 million and he wants to research its finances before considering recommending an additional $9 million.