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Statement from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Regarding Florida’s A- Grade for Transparency in PIRG’s 2014 Following the Money Report

4/8/2014

Contact: Chris Cate
(850) 413- 2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today released the following statement regarding the findings of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s (PIRG) 2014 Following the Money report, which gave Florida a grade of A-minus for overall transparency based on the Department of Financial Services’ Transparency Florida website.  Florida maintained its’ ranking as third in the nation, which marks consistent, vast improvement over prior years, and CFO Atwater remains committed to continuously improving government transparency and accountability.
 
“PIRG’s A- rating is affirmation of the strides taken to make transparency and government accountability a standard within our state. Upon arriving in office, Florida’s grade was a ‘D’, and I set out to provide the hard-working taxpayers of Florida the higher standard of accountability they deserve. We launched the Florida Accountability Contract Tracking System in 2012, and have since maintained our commitment to improving the accessibility of the state’s contracts and expenditures.
 
“Florida is now recognized as a leading state in the nation, and I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished in moving the state forward, ensuring the integrity of taxpayers’ dollars.
 
“Our forefathers provided the Constitution and First Amendment to guarantee Americans access to our government, and it is in this spirit that I continue to make certain the work of Florida’s lawmakers is accessible and conducted in the sunshine.”
 
To view Transparency Florida’s website, click here.

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, 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 businesses; and providing transparency and accountability in spending.