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My Florida C F O
Weekly eNewsletter from Florida's Chief Financial Officer

Dear Fellow Floridian:

As we rapidly approach the 2013 Legislative Session, I will be focusing my efforts on reforms that increase government transparency and accountability, protect Florida’s consumers, fight fraud, get government off the backs of hardworking Floridians and foster economic prosperity. As our economy begins to recover, I firmly believe that we have an even greater responsibility to fight for reforms that will foster long-term economic stability Keeping money in your pocket - where it belongs. for Florida’s families and our business community.

  • Increasing Transparency and Accountability
    Protect taxpayer dollars through state contracting reforms: Aimed at increasing accountability in state contracting, these reforms include provisions that will strengthen laws regarding grant agreements, which make up 82 percent of contracted items in Florida; increase training for grant managers and negotiators; and create a pre-execution review period for grants and contracts.

  • Protecting Consumers
    Fight for Florida’s Holocaust survivors: Help facilitate the return of lost property to Holocaust victims.
    Protect Floridians from unnecessary financial burdens: Support legislation that requires insurers to cover oral chemotherapy in the same manner as the IV therapy aimed at producing the same result.

  • Fighting Fraud
    Arm divisions with the tools to fight fraud: Provide the Division of Public Assistance Fraud with subpoena authority, which will help investigators obtain critical information for investigations in a more timely fashion.

  • Getting Government off the Backs of Hardworking Floridians
    Streamline the Divisions of Workers' Compensation and State Fire Marshal: As a result of ongoing regulatory reviews throughout the department, we will seek efficiencies and eliminate outdated laws in the Divisions of Workers’ Compensation and State Fire Marshal.

  • Fostering Economic Prosperity
    Improve the Unclaimed Property claims process: Allow the claims process to be done electronically.

I am confident that our legislative leaders are as committed to protecting Florida’s consumers and taxpayer dollars as I am. I look forward to working with our legislative leaders on these priorities that I know will help our state and Florida’s families continue on a road towards long-term economic prosperity.

Jeff Atwater
Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

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Florida's Bottom Line on Florida Finance

Florida Economy 2012

Read the latest issue of Florida's Bottom Line, a quarterly publication about Florida's financial health, to get expert commentary on 2012 and a look at the year ahead.

In between issues visit the companion website to Florida's Bottom Line to stay updated as new statistics emerge. The website features news and data on jobs and the economy, as well as useful resources for small businesses. Also take a look at our infographic on Florida's Economy 2012 - a visual display of the financial stats for the past year.