My Florida C F O

Dear Fellow Floridians:

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday, and a few short days from now, many of us will be gathering with family and loved ones to celebrate Easter, perhaps with a sunrise service, a feast of assorted candies, or an Easter egg hunt—maybe even all three! Easter eggs

I hope that in the excitement that is to come this weekend, you will enjoy time with family and friends, and soak in all that Florida has to offer: wonderful weather for Easter egg hunts, beautiful beaches for relaxing on, and so much more.

In the spirit of Easter, I want to take a moment to remind Floridians of different kind of "hunt"—a treasure hunt of more than artfully colored and hidden eggs—that can be done at any time. Our unclaimed property program offers an easy way to determine if we are holding funds in your name. Join the hunt by checking out to see if the state is holding any unclaimed property in your name.

Remembering this time of sacrifice is a chance to renew our hope and faith for those of us who celebrate. Whichever way you celebrate Easter, I hope a sense of joy will surround you this weekend as you are surrounded by those important to you.


Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

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March is Women'sIvy J.C. Stranahan History Month

Women's History MonthEach week this month, we are featuring prominent American women leaders and highlighting their contributions to our state and country.

Ivy J.C. Stranahan

Born along the Suwannee River, Ivy Stranahan relocated to Broward County in 1899 with her family by wagon. Most of her life was dedicated to teaching the Seminole Indians; she even introduced Seminole women to their first sewing machines as a way to produce income. After losing her husband, she used entrepreneurial skills to transform her home into a restaurant and took a real estate law course to defend her home from seizure. In 1917, Stranahan became the president of the state suffrage league and lobbied for women’s voting rights to the Florida Legislature.

Public Assistance Fraud - How it worksFraud Prevention Month

The Division of Public Assistance Fraud (PAF) serves taxpayers and safeguards Floridians against public assistance fraud and the impact of those crimes by enforcing state laws regarding program eligibility and proper use of public assistance benefits.

On the state level, the Division partners with the Department of Children and Families, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Health, and the Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning to investigate fraud in programs administered by those departments. On the federal level, the Division partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services, the Social Security Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services to help monitor and regulate fraud within our public assistance programs.

Public assistance fraud hurts our fellow Floridians who need assistance. Each one of these programs plays a crucial role in aiding members of our communities in their time of greatest need. You can be part of the solution to stop benefits from being given to those who don’t qualify for assistance or are abusing these benefits.

Please click here to report suspected fraud.

Look back at 2015Florida's Bottom Line on Florida’s Economic Health

As a one-stop shop for the latest news and valuable insight on Florida's economic and financial health, Florida's Bottom Line is CFO Atwater's in-depth quarterly economic newsletter.

The newest edition of Florida’s Bottom Line is focused on the opportunities that lie ahead in 2016 as well as highlights of the progress that we made in the past year. Inside, you will find exclusive analyses and commentary from leading experts in Florida as well as a look back on Florida’s economic achievements in 2015.

The accompanying Florida's Bottom Line website will keep you updated with the latest statistics on Florida's economy. Special reports, infographics and past editions are archived on the website for easy access.

Florida Economic Brief

Florida’s housing market increases over the year
In February, there were over 18,000 closed home sales in Florida, up 0.4 percent from this time last year. Additionally, the median sale price is up 11.1 percent over the year, to $200,000.
Source: Florida Realtors