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Oklahoma business briefs for Dec. 13, 2019

AT&T upgrades wired, wireless networksAT&T announced Thursday it invested more than $800 million to upgrade its wired and wireless networks in Oklahoma between 2016 and 2018.Officials said the upgrades boosted the company’s reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance of its systems for residents and businesses.

Audit recommends Oklahoma Corporation Commission improvements to upgrade financial tracking

By Jack MoneyBusiness writer jmoney@oklahoman.comA performance audit of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission included many recommendations to improve processes.The audit examined whether information systems used by the commission can appropriately tie millions of deposited dollars it collects through permit fees, fines, forfeitures and for other purposes to provided services.The agency’s staff and its three elected commissioners regulate public utilities, oil and gas drilling, production and related environmental protections, safety aspects of rail crossings and pipeline systems and the environmental integrity of petroleum storage tank systems.The commission also enforces operating authority and insurance requirements involving the intrastate transport of most commodities via trucks and involving passenger carriers, enforces regulations for underground injection of water, chemicals and certain oil and gas waste fluids and oversees remediation of soil and groundwater pollution caused by leaking petroleum storage tanks.The audit, performed by State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd’s office, evaluated information systems used by the agency’s Oil and Gas Conservation Division, its Transportation Division, its Petroleum Storage Tanks Division, its Public Utilities Division and its Administrative, Judicial and Legislative Services division.Auditors found that not all of the commission’s divisions are using information systems that can reconcile provided services and associated receipts to financial deposit records.Additionally, they found that systematic reviews needed to ensure the accuracy of financial calculations and data used to reconcile receipts to services aren’t being performed.Finally, they noted the agency has no written procedures in place that require each agency division to reconcile provided services to revenue received and deposited.The audit recommends the commission designate qualified staff in each division office to generate and reconcile financial reports to ensure the agency is collecting and depositing all of the funds that are due and for each division to review the information monthly to check its accuracy.It also recommends systematic, routine reviews by information technology professional to evaluate the accuracy of the data maintained in the agency’s case management system.The amounts of money involved are significant.In 2018, the agency’s oil and gas conservation division collected about $14.9 million for 2,625 technical reviews it made on applications to drill, recomplete and re-enter wells, 11,676 reviews on spacing and related orders and 644 reviews on requests for other types of technical relief.The agency’s petroleum storage tank division collected about $28.1 million for assessments, licenses and permits in 2018.The agency’s transportation division in 2018 collected about $192 million for considering 8,133 motor carrier operating authority permits, 6,311 unified carrier registration applications, 19,284 International Registration Plan applications, 392 permits for deleterious substance transports and for 45,700 citations.Its public utility division, while responsible for reviews and approvals of public utility funds, doesn’t actually collect (the dollars are collected by the agency’s finance department, part of its administrative, judicial and legislative services division).

SEC accuses Oklahoma oilman of making $1.18 million off insider trading

By Nolan ClayStaff writer nclay@oklahoman.comA Stillwater oilman has agreed to pay almost $3 million to resolve an insider trading complaint.John Special, 67, is accused in the civil complaint of making $1.182 million in illicit profits in 2014 after being told about the potential merger of a global medical supplies company, Covidien PLC, with its rival, Medtronic Inc.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Thursday that Special has agreed to disgorge those profits, plus $231,782 in interest.

Canadian County judge approves restitution for Tate Publishing & Enterprises victims

By Jack MoneyBusiness writer jmoney@oklahoman.comA Canadian County District Court judge issued an order Thursday that sets out how and when Tate Publishing & Enterprises customers who qualified to get reimbursed for their losses will get paid.Judge Jack D. McCurdy II also issued orders to defendants Richard Tate, the company’s founder, and Ryan Tate, its former CEO, that increased the monthly restitution they’ll be required to pay starting Jan.

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CHOCTAWSavage Brown, Judithe Anne: 79, Savage and Brown receptionist, died Dec. 12.

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