Oklahoma State Dept. of Health implementing furlough days to cut spending

Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KTUL) -- The Oklahoma State Department of Health is implementing furlough days to reduce spending amid an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.

According to OSDH, the agency is experiencing continued revenue shortfalls due to loss of federal funds, increased costs of providing services and reductions in annual state appropriation.

Starting with the Oct. 30 pay period, OSDH personnel are being furloughed one day without pay during the two-week cycle. No employee making $35,000 per year or less will be affected, but all other personnel are subject to the furlough.

According to OSDH, the furlough is a short-term measure until long-term budget reduction can be enacted. It has been approved through June 30, 2018.

Additionally, a Voluntary Out Benefit Officer is being prepared to reduce staffing levels statewide. The plan is not yet finalized but will be announced to employees in the coming weeks.

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