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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Nomination of FACTS for NASCIO Award

8/3/2016

Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Florida Accountability Contract Tracking System (FACTS) has been nominated by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) as a finalist in the Open Government and Data, Information and Knowledge Management category for the 2016 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards. Award winners will be announced Monday, September 19 during the NASCIO Annual Conference in Orlando.

“At the beginning of my first term, we embarked on a mission to make Florida one of the most fiscally transparent states in the nation,” said CFO Atwater. “Now at the click of a mouse, Floridians are able to see how their tax dollars are being spent and we are proud to be recognized as a finalist by NASCIO as excelling in this endeavor.”

In 2011, DFS leveraged existing technology and in-house expertise to successfully design, develop and deploy FACTS. The FACTS website allows users to search by state agency, vendor, dollar amount, data and commodity or service type, for contract and expenditure information. In 2012, nearly $50 billion or approximately 56 percent of the state budget, was spent on contracts and agreements for goods and services. With the release of FACTS, for the first time, these contracts and agreements were available online for anyone to search and download. 
 
A diverse group of stakeholders use the information made available through the FACTS website. State entities use the website to view other agencys' contracts to ensure their own contracts are competitively priced, as well as to identify and leverage possible collaborative contracting opportunities. Private businesses use the website to view relevant contracts to see if they can provide more competitive pricing and a better value to the state. Residents, experts, and other groups use the website to download and analyze information for research purposes and to also serve as watchdogs over the spending of taxpayer money.

 
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Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal 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. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).