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My Florida C F O
Weekly eNewsletter from Florida's Chief Financial Officer

Dear Fellow Floridian:

As you gather with friends and loved ones this week, I hope you take a moment to reflect on the things you are most grateful for in your lives. This year, as always, I am incredibly grateful for my dear friends and family and the blessing it is to live in a nation where we are free to pursue our dreams. I am also thankful for the men and women who risk their lives every day so that we may enjoy the countless ways we have been blessed.

In my role as Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal, I am thankful for my talented team that works each day at the Department of Financial Services to fight fraud, abuse and waste in government, to reduce government spending and regulatory burdens, and to provide transparency and accountability in state spending.

I encourage you to take advantage of the financial opportunities our department’s dedicated public servants offer Floridians. For example, our Division of Consumer Services, which can be reached at 1-877-693-5236, helps consumers make informed insurance and financial decisions. Our Your Money Matters website can help you access resources and tools you need to take control of your finances and ensure a bright financial future for you and your family. Meanwhile, if you have ever lived in Florida, there's a chance we are holding unclaimed property for you. Our Bureau of Unclaimed Property works tirelessly to reunite Floridians with their dollars and property, which you can search for here.

In addition to these services, our Division of Insurance Fraud works to protect you and your family from the costly effects of fraud, and I am thankful for their efforts to remove fraudsters from our streets. During the last fiscal year, nearly 1,600 arrests were made by our dedicated fraud team, making our state and your hard earned money safer. Furthermore, our Division of State Fire Marshal not only responds statewide to calls for service, but uncovers major arson rings and holds suspects responsible through detailed case development.

These examples are only a few of the ways our Department of Financial Services can help you. Our department consists of more than a dozen divisions, all of which work for you. I encourage you to go to our website and see how they can help you keep your hard-earned money in your pocket, where it belongs. You will be grateful that you did.

Consumer Helpline
Your Money Matters
Unclaimed Property
Insurance Fraud
State Fire Marshal

I am thankful that we live in a land of opportunity. I hope you make the most of your opportunities and relish your time spent with loved ones this week. On behalf of my wife Carole, our children and myself, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! We also offer our warmest wishes to Florida’s Jewish community this Hanukkah. May your celebration and time with loved ones be blessed!

Jeff Atwater
Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

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