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Stitt demands approval of agency requests for federal grants

Kevin Stitt
Posted at 5:09 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 22:47:37-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is demanding that all state agencies receive approval from his office before applying for federal grants or other outside funding.

The Republican issued an executive order on Tuesday requiring approval of his Secretary of Budget Mike Mazzei (MAY'-zee) before any state agency, board or commission applies for a grant of more than $50,000 from a foundation or nonprofit. The threshold is increased to $100,000 for applications for federal grants.

In a statement accompanying the order, Stitt says he wants to avoid pursuing short-term funds that may run out and require continuing state funds. He also says he wants to make sure that the grants agencies seek "match the vision and values of Oklahoma."

The governor's order doesn't apply to public colleges and school districts.

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