Contact: State Rep. Jason Murphey
Office: (405) 557-7350
State Rep. Tom Gann
Office: (405) 557-7364
OKLAHOMA CITY – State employees are set to benefit from a comprehensive transformation of the state's human resource management system.
According to state officials, the new system will provide the state with a real-time view of the state's human capital resources; allow for better strategic planning; and, enable employees to easily identify and promote to positions within state government -- even though the open positions are within the purview of another agency.
These facts were provided to the members of the House Government Modernization Committee as part of their hearing this week.
Oklahoma's Director of Human Capital Management, Lucinda Meltabarger told committee members that the new unified system is expected to be in place by January 2018.
"Human resource officials are breaking down the many unnecessary silos and barriers within state government. These barriers have for far too long kept state employees locked into positions beyond which there is limited opportunity for rapid advancement," explained committee Chairman Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie.
"This also potentially allows state employees to deploy their specialized skills on behalf of multiple state agencies as opposed to remaining strictly siloed off within a single agency."
The initiative is a byproduct of the ongoing effort to bring state agencies together to modernize and share resources.
"With the enactment of each of these reforms we are witnessing the transition of state government away from the inefficient old model of divided and duplicative governance and towards a business class model through which agencies work together to provide better service to the taxpayer at a lower cost," added committee Vice Chairman Tom Gann, R-Inola.
Murphey said the state's new culture of efficiency would not have been possible without the statutory reforms approved by the Legislature, the commitment of the state employees in state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services and the willingness of state agencies to work together to implement the new best practices.