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“My years of education were coming together in a tangible way,” Byrd said. “I started to see real people and organizations, not just numbers to be added or subtracted.”

"After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in accounting, Byrd’s first job included auditing property tax receipts. She didn’t know it at the time, but that’s when her interest in government operations was piqued. She observed how even small payments from each individual taxpayer impacted the county."

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Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector Cindy Byrd pictured with several state auditors who worked with her on a plan to audit Medicaid services across the country. Auditor Byrd led a first of its kind audit in Oklahoma, identifying that about 37% of recipients had not had income eligibility verified.

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