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Curtis Shelton | June 26, 2024

A look at Oklahoma DHS spending

Curtis Shelton

Continuing our series on Oklahoma’s 10 largest state agencies brings us to number five on the list, the Department of Human Services. As a reminder, the top 10 are as follows:

  1. Department of Education
  2. Oklahoma Health Care Authority
  3. Regents for Higher Education
  4. Department of Transportation
  5. Department of Human Services
  6. Department of Corrections
  7. Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  8. Department of Career and Technology Education
  9. Department of Public Safety
  10. Office of Management and Enterprise Services

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is responsible for Oklahoma’s foster care system as well as other government assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. DHS received $798 million in this year’s budget agreement.

Since 2003, the DHS appropriated budget has grown by 20 percent, or $131 million, when adjusted for inflation to current dollars. 

Sources: Oklahoma Annual Comprehensive Financial ReportsOklahoma House of Representatives Fiscal SummarySB1125 Fiscal Summary; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CPI Inflation Calculator

Curtis Shelton Policy Research Fellow

Curtis Shelton

Policy Research Fellow

Curtis Shelton currently serves as a policy research fellow for OCPA with a focus on fiscal policy. Curtis graduated Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Finance. Previously, he served as a summer intern at OCPA and spent time as a staff accountant for Sutherland Global Services.

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