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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services Named Florida’s Agency of the Year

11/16/2011

Contact: Alexis Lambert 
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) will be recognized by the Department of Management Services’ (DMS) Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) as the State of Florida’s Agency of the Year for supporting Florida’s minority business community during the past fiscal year.
 
“This award affirms my department’s commitment to Florida’s small and minority businesses—both vital components of Florida’s economy,” said Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.  “We will continue to provide fair and open competition, while helping businesses of all sizes partner with the State of Florida to provide the best value to taxpayers.  We are honored to receive this recognition from the Office of Supplier Diversity.”
 
The distinguished award will be presented at the MatchMaker Conference on Nov. 16 through 18, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The theme for the conference is “Paving the Way: Jobs, Growth & Economic Revitalization in the Sunshine State.”  DFS will be honored as the only state agency to increase its minority spending by more than $1 million, from $3,114,347 in FY 2009-10 to $4,620,129 in FY 2010-11—a 48 percent increase. 
 
OSD functions within DMS to improve business and economic opportunities for Florida’s minority, women and service-disabled veteran business enterprises. Three core functions of the OSD are:
 
• Certification of Business Enterprises: State certification is Florida's premier stamp of approval for minority, women, and service-disabled veteran business enterprises.
• Advocacy and Outreach: Serves as an advocate and information resource for business owners, state agencies, vendors, the public and other entities.
• MatchMaking: Activities designed to build relationships between businesses and state agency purchasing specialists, non-minority vendors and other decision makers. 
 
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services including the Division of Insurance Fraud.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.