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Statement from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Regarding the Unanimous Passage of State Contracting Reforms Out of House and Senate Committees

2/7/2012

Contact: Alexis Lambert 
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today released the following statement regarding the unanimous passage out of committee of Senate Bill 1626 sponsored by Sen. Gaetz (R-Niceville) and House Bill 1409 sponsored by Rep. Albritton (R-Wauchula) regarding state contracting reforms.

“Strict contracting standards are a reflection of how seriously we take the responsibility to watch over the dollars Floridians send their state government.  These proposed reforms are expected to have a considerable impact on our state’s bottom line, considering nearly $51 billion, or approximately 57 percent of the state budget, is spent on contracts and agreements for goods and services. 

“I applaud Sen. Gaetz and Rep. Albritton for their leadership and the members of these committees for supporting this important measure to protect Florida taxpayer dollars.  We must ensure the state’s contracting process reflects the highest ethical and fiscal standards; is clear, consistent and measurable; and is conducted in the most efficient manner possible in delivering goods and services to our fellow Floridians.”

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away capital, and ensuring transparency and accountability in spending.