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Workers Comp Commission spending includes $1,600 chairs, PR contract

By ZIVA BRANSTETTER -- Tulsa World Modified: July 31, 2014 at 6:45 am •  Published: July 31, 2014

Since it began operations in February, the Workers Compensation Commission has spent $30,000 furnishing its commissioners’ offices and signed a $4,500 contract with a consultant for a “communications strategy” at the same time it employed a full-time public information officer, a Tulsa World analysis shows.

Also, the commission has hired more administrators than counselors to assist injured workers, records show.

Executive Director Rick Farmer said that because the commission is a new agency, it is expected to have one-time costs such as furniture. Changes the commission plans, such as an electronic-filing system, will ultimately save the state money, he said.

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