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Three days later, on February 6, 2015, the governor provided further evidence of concern for the state’s budget by ordering a freeze on personnel actions. The executive order explained that agency heads could request exemptions, but that those would have to be approved by the appropriate cabinet secretary.

Canada Goose online “It was just another management tool for the government to have at its disposal,” Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger explained in a recent interview. Canada Goose online

cheap canada goose uk Secretary Doerflinger, who is also the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES), was appointed by the governor to oversee implementation of the freeze, as well as, “to canada goose black friday sale require Cabinet Secretaries to canada goose coats on sale provide him with periodic accountings of approvals and disapprovals of requests for exemptions.” cheap canada goose uk

cheap Canada Goose Doerflinger says the purpose of the freeze, primarily, was to add another layer of scrutiny to personnel decisions, especially Canada Goose online those with the potential to impact the budget. cheap Canada Goose

canada goose coats “And it’s caused conversations to occur.” Doerflinger stated, “And a higher level of scrutiny, as agency heads made decisions about hiring.” canada goose coats

Canada Goose Jackets The freeze covered, not only hiring, but transfers, reinstatements, promotions, market adjustments and numerous other mechanisms for adjusting a state worker’s pay. Canada Goose Jackets

buy canada goose jacket Data provided to News On 6 by OMES, through an Open Records request, shows that from the date of the freeze’s implementation through the end of 2015 just under 11 months the governor’s 12 cabinet secretaries approved 13,387 exemptions to the freeze. buy canada goose jacket

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Fallin suggested the fact that there is a record of each approval of a personnel move during the freeze is evidence of its success, since, just as Secretary Doerflinger asserted, the overriding purpose of the freeze was to establish a clear record on personnel moves.

“The executive order on state employees canada goose pay raises and employment was not meant to halt government,” Governor Fallin explained, “it was meant to give us a better system.”

Canada Goose Outlet Many of the requests that cabinet secretaries approved were simply to allow an agency to hire a replacement for someone who had resigned or retired. But almost half of the approvals 6,061 were for pay increases, totaling more than $20 million. Canada Goose Outlet

canada goose factory sale News On 6: “How do you explain that to the average taxpayer, who says, ‘Wait, I thought there was a freeze in place.’ ” canada goose factory sale

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canada goose clearance sale According to OMES, there were, in 2014, approximately 22,000 personnel actions which, under the 2015 hiring freeze, would have required Cabinet approval. About 8,000 of those, however, were raises mandated by the Legislature for Corrections workers, nurses, and others. Without those, the number of actions in 2014, when there was not a freeze, is only slightly higher than in 2015, when there canada goose deals was a freeze. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose store “That sounds like there wasn’t much of a freeze at all,” commented David Blatt, executive director of Oklahoma Policy Institute. canada goose store

News On 6 asked Blatt, who conducts regular analysis of state fiscal policy, to review the data on the freeze.

Canada Goose Parka “It seems like the announcement was made to send a signal to the public that the governor was taking action,” said Blatt, “and that, for whatever reason, in practice, not much has changed.” Canada Goose Parka

For example, according to OMES canada goose outlet , 478 of the Department of Environmental Quality’s 519 employees 92 percent got raises after the freeze canadian goose jacket was in place. Over at the Department of Wildlife Conservation, 100 percent 332 out of 332 employees got pay increases.

Both agencies fall under the purview of Energy and Environment Secretary Michael Teague.

“I spent an awful lot of canada goose clearance sale time on every one of these individual requests,” Teague said, in an interview.

uk canada goose Secretary Teague says he has taken the freeze very seriously, and carefully considered each request for an exemption. He says, with the Dept. of buy canada goose jacket cheap Wildlife Conservation, he considered that the agency is funded canada goose store through hunting and fishing license fees, not state appropriations. He also took into account a 2014 compensation study that showed workers at Wildlife, DEQ, and most other state agencies, are underpaid. uk canada goose

Teague says he often asked himself, “Are we giving the compensation that buy canada goose jacket we need to be able to retain our employees?”

buy canada goose jacket cheap He says he did deny some exemption requests, in the interest of government efficiency, but he also wanted to be fair to state workers. buy canada goose jacket cheap

canada goose uk black friday “And that’s the balance that we’re trying to achieve,” Teague stated, “that’s exactly the whole point of the executive order.” canada goose uk black friday.