December 3, 2013

Audit Shows How Marriage-Initiative Company Spends Money

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Each year, the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative submits an annual program audit to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

The department is billed for the operations of the initiative, mostly through  monthly invoices from Public Strategies, the private company that contracts with DHS to run the program.

Neither the audits nor the invoices contain itemized breakdowns of expenses, but they are broken down by broad categories, such as personnel. The billings to DHS are broken into three categories: Oklahoma Marriage Initiative Service Delivery System, which averaged $200,000 a month in 2012; the Family Expectations program (for couples expecting a baby), $345,000 a month; and the Thriving Marriages program, $60,000 a month.

The 2012 audit: