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Attorney General Opinion No. 82-158

While this Opinion concluded there was not statutory authority for the Director of State Finance (now OMES) to issue authorization orders for procurement of goods or services and there was no legal basis for authority orders, 62 O.S. §34.62 has since been amended to provide the OMES Director with power to authorize state agencies to make purchases without the submission of competitive bids as otherwise required by 74 O.S. §§85.7 and 85.12 when the Director determines it is in the best interests of the state and further directs the OMES Director to require support for payment of claims which, pursuant to subsection 4.d., may be authorizations for purchases granted by the Director.  See 74 O.S. §85.7.

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