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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Media Availability at 2013 State Law Enforcement Bureau Summer Conference

7/15/2013

Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413-2842

WHO:     Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon, Department of Children and Families Deputy Secretary Suzanne Vitale, Tallahassee Police Department Chief Dennis Jones
WHAT:   2013 State Law Enforcement Bureau Summer Conference         
WHEN:   Tuesday, July 16, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon, Department of Children and Families Deputy Secretary Suzanne Vitale and Tallahassee Police Department Chief Dennis Jones will hold a media availability on Tuesday, July 16, at 2:00 p.m. during the opening day of the 2013 State Law Enforcement Bureau Summer Conference taking place at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.

The focus of the 2013 State Law Enforcement Bureau Summer Conference is on the illegal sales of food assistance benefits, enforcement trends and methods to effectively prosecute cases.

About the State Law Enforcement Bureau
The State Law Enforcement Bureau is a partnership between CFO Atwater’s Division of Public Assistance Fraud, the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Children and Families, and local law enforcement agencies. The bureau was established to combat the illegal trafficking of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) benefits and is focused on coordinating law enforcement and regulatory efforts.

About CFO Atwater’s Division of Public Assistance Fraud
The CFO’s Division of Public Assistance Fraud safeguards the public and businesses in Florida against acts of public assistance fraud and the resulting impact those crimes have by enforcing federal and state criminal laws in relation to eligibility for public assistance.

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.