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MEMORANDUM: Introducing Florida PALM


DATE:                 March 18, 2015
TO:                       Interested Media
FROM:               Ashley Carr,
                              Deputy Communications Director
                              Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
RE:                       Introducing Florida PALM
Attached, please find a letter written by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater to Florida’s state agency leaders that provides an update regarding the Department of Financial Services’ efforts to replace the antiquated and obsolete systems known as FLAIR and CMS. FLAIR, which made its debut more than 30 years ago, processes nearly $90 billion in payments each year for the State of Florida.
These efforts, formerly known as the FLAIR and CMS Replacement (FCR) project, have progressed and have recently been rebranded as the Florida PALM project. PALM is an acronym for Planning, Accounting and Ledger Management, which speaks to the broader functionality of the state’s new system. 
CFO Atwater has also provided an update to leaders at Florida TaxWatch, the Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Chamber, the Council of 100 and the Florida Institute of CPAs. Each of these organizations has vocally supported and advocated for resources to advance this critical endeavor, which will lead the state’s financial management systems into the 21st century.
Both letters are attached, each dated March 13, 2015.   Attachment 1   Attachment 2

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact CFO Atwater’s Press Office at (850) 413 – 2860.
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