Lawmakers Applaud DHS Reversal on County Office Closure

OKLAHOMA CITY – State legislators representing western Oklahoma are applauding a decision by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to keep their Sayre office in Beckham County open for in-person services. Due to the budget gap for Fiscal Year 2021 resulting from the economic impact of COVID-19 and a global downturn in energy prices, DHS saw its appropriation cut by 3.7 percent. After moving much of their workforce to remote status during the pandemic, the agency determined it could continue to keep their employees on the job by working online or at other facilities, while achieving savings by closing about…

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