OKLAHOMA CITY -- A recently created oversight entity late Wednesday released a�draft report�saying the state failed to provide documentation to justify its spending of some of the more than $1 billion in federal COVID-19 relief dollars it received.

"To date, CARES FORWARD has not provided a single complete set of documentation for any project funded with Coronavirus Relief Funds," the report states.

Created in 2019, the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency, called LOFT, in September began looking at how the state distributed and spent its $1.26 billion in Coronavirus Relief funds.

Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, was instrumental in creating the office because he felt the Legislature needed independent analysis, data and metrics for legislation and state expenditures.

Gov. Kevin Stitt created the CARES FORWARD team to pick spending priorities and projects after the federal aid bill was passed last March.

The team included cabinet secretaries and public employees experienced in finance, federal grants and auditing. The panel was led by Chief Operating Officer John Budd and former Secretary of Budget Mike Mazzei, a former Republican senator from Tulsa.

The LOFT examination looked at spending up to Dec. 2. The state had until Dec. 30 to spend all the funds.

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