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CFO Sink Recommends Investigation by Governor Crist’s Ig into Dot Email Activity

12/15/2009

TALLAHASSEE - Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to Governor Charlie Crist recommending that he initiate an investigation by his Chief Inspector General into the conduct of the Department of Transportation employees who sent state emails using code words.
 
“If anyone deliberately attempted to subvert our state’s sunshine requirements, they should be held accountable,” CFO Sink wrote to Governor Crist.  “An independent investigation by your Inspector General looking into DOT’s activity is the best way to ensure this accountability.”
A copy of CFO Sink’s letter is attached and below:
 
Dear Governor Crist:
 
It has been brought to the public’s attention that employees with the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT), including DOT Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos, used “code” words in state emails.
 
Given our state’s proud and comprehensive public records laws, I remain concerned that DOT employees may have deliberately used these code words in an attempt to disguise their actions from the people of Florida.  We live in the Sunshine State, and this is not the way the people’s business should ever be done.
 
Since the Office of the Chief Inspector General is “responsible for promoting accountability, integrity, and efficiency in the agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor” (Section 14.32, F.S.), I am requesting that you initiate an investigation by your Chief Inspector General into the conduct of all DOT employees who were engaged in this activity.
 
If anyone deliberately attempted to subvert our state’s sunshine requirements, they should be held accountable.  An independent investigation by your Inspector General looking into DOT’s activity is the best way to ensure this accountability.
 
Sincerely,
Alex Sink
 
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.