GALLAGHER THANKS FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, CABINET FOR SUPPORT OF DELINQUENT PARENT TRACKING PROGRAM
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher presented a Cabinet resolution thanking Florida’s commercial and savings banks, credit unions and securities dealers for their efforts during the past five years to help the state collect child support payments from delinquent parents.
“Through this voluntary partnership, the State of Florida has been able to collect and distribute millions of dollars annually to benefit Florida’s children with such necessities as food, shelter, clothing, medical and educational requirements,” Gallagher said. “Florida’s financial services industry has willingly established programs and dedicated resources toward this effort, and the result has been an improved quality of life for children.”
Gallagher also thanked Gov. Jeb Bush and the Cabinet, saying, “Your support of this plan ensures children get the financial support and opportunities they deserve.”
Since 1999, the financial services industry in Florida has actively partnered with the Florida Department of Revenue’s Child Support Enforcement Program to administer the Financial Institution Data Match Program. Through confidential exchanges of information, the financial services industry helps identify parents who are past due on child support.
As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Gallagher oversees the Department of Financial Services, which houses the Office of Financial Regulation. The office and the industry have worked closely to encourage participation and facilitate the information exchanges.
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