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CFO Sink Releases Sunshine Spending Results in Recognition of Sunshine Week 2010

3/16/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE — Florida CFO Alex Sink, in recognition of Sunshine Week 2010, reported today that the Sunshine Spending web site launched during the 2009 open government celebration is averaging more than 1,400 visitors per month.  Sunshine Spending allows Floridians to track payments to vendors getting state dollars.

“In just the three short years I have been in office, I have worked to make Florida’s government more open and accountable to our taxpayers,” said CFO Sink. “I am delighted that especially in these challenging economic times, Floridians are making use of these online tools to become more informed about how their tax dollars are being spent.” 
 
An avid proponent of making state and local government more accessible to the public, CFO Sink has implemented several innovative solutions to promote open government within her Department of Financial Services (DFS) including:
 
- Appointing a Sunshine Attorney to ensure timely handling of DFS public records requests.
 
- Launching Florida’s Checkbook,  a one-stop webpage to increase accountability for how taxpayer dollars are spent; and Local Government Dollars and Cents – a webpage for citizens to see what’s coming in and going out at a local level.
 
- Posting all DFS Contracts online in a searchable form for easy citizen access.
 
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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services and is committed to openness and transparency in government.  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.