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My Florida CFO

Estimados Compañeros Floridanos:

Transparency ensures accountability, and Floridians have a right to see how every penny of the money they send to their government is spent. One of the ways we are making such transparency possible is through Florida’s Accountability Contract Tracking System, also known as FACTS.

FACTS - Florida Accountability Contract Tracking SystemOn our FACTS website, you can view more than 63,000 active state contracts and 278,000 purchase orders. In addition to making this information available online, the Department of Financial Services has trained more than 3,500 contract managers in the past year while also providing assistance in the drafting of state contracts to make state contracts stronger and ensure the deliverables are clear. We have also conducted nearly 3,000 contract reviews over the past four fiscal years.

With the help of our department, more than two-thirds of Florida’s state agencies have improved their deficiency rate by writing better contracts. The latest audit of state contracts also revealed a 14 percent improvement in state contract accountability.

In 2014, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) gave Florida an A- for transparency, the third highest score in the nation and a tremendous increase from Florida’s D rating in 2011, making it the second biggest improvement in the nation from 2011 to 2014. I am proud of the work we are doing to make Florida more transparent, and I remain committed to improving on these successes.

To visit the Transparency Florida website, go to www.myfloridacfo.com/transparency.

Jeff Atwater
Jeff Atwater
Oficial Principal de Finanzas
Estado de la Florida

Noticias de Interés

Ocala Star-Banner: Fire college called an 'asset' to state and area

Sun-Sentinel: South Florida small-business owners plan to hire

Orlando Sentinel: 2 Central Florida businesses win SBA awards

Tampa Bay Business Journal: Florida credit unions boost business loans

Tampa Bay Times: Survey: 'Economy and jobs' remains top issue for Floridians

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Gas prices continue to fall

Reuters: U.S. retail sales increase broadly in August

CFO Atwater Welcomes Two K-9s to the State Fire Marshal Team

Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater recently announced the addition of two new specially trained canines to the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations K-9 Unit. K-9s "Bailey" and "Booker" join five dogs trained to detect common accelerants at fire scenes.

K-9 Bailey and handler Travis Kincaid"Estamos orgullosos de contar con perros tan inteligentes y talentosos en nuestro equipo y de tener adiestradores deseosos de trabajar con ellos y cuidarlos como si fueran su familia", dijo el Oficial Principal de Finanzas Atwater. "Nuestra unidad K-9 ha sido fundamental en el arresto y enjuiciamiento de incendiarios en toda la Florida, y me entusiasma ver cómo estos perros nuevos ayudarán en nuestra misión de hacer que la Florida sea un lugar más seguro para vivir".

K-9 Bailey, a veteran of the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, joins handler Travis Kincaid in the Pensacola office. El K-9 Booker, un nuevo recluta, se une al adiestrador Jeff Batz en la oficina de Lake Wales. Together they join K-9 Fresca and handler David Young in Jacksonville, K-9 Penzy and handler Amelia Bowling-Hitchcock in Daytona, K-9 Brandon and handler Jayson Deese in Panama City, K-9 Ember and handler Ross Holt in Plantation, and SFM’s explosives detection K-9 Bella and her handler Monty Taylor in Lake Wales.

K-9 Booker and handler Jeff BatzEl K-9 Booker ya ha demostrado ser un miembro valioso de la unidad K-9. Recientemente participó en una investigación que condujo al arresto de un hombre del Condado de Polk acusado de posesión de una bomba incendiaria.

La Oficina de Investigaciones de Incendios Naturales y Premeditados implementó el programa de detección de acelerantes en la unidad K-9 en 1998 con asistencia financiera y técnica del Programa Nacional de Adiestramiento de Incendios Premeditados para Perros de State Farm Insurance Company, que ha ayudado a adiestrar a más de 325 perros para que trabajen en más de 44 estados. Este programa brinda financiamiento a través de becas que se usan para compensar los gastos de adiestramiento y alojamiento de cada perro y su adiestrador durante las cinco semanas de adiestramiento intensivo en la Academia de Justicia Penal del Estado de Maine.

Informes Económicos de la Florida

Retail Trade is up in second quarter
According to a census report, after-tax profits of U.S. retail corporations with assets of $50 million and over increased $7 billion from the first quarter, totaling $20.9 billion. Sales in the second quarter of 2014 were up $33.3 billion from the second quarter of 2013, and up $32.5 billion from the first quarter of 2014.
Fuente: U.S. Census

Real GDP increased 1.7 percent in 2013
Real GDP increased in 292 of the 381 metropolitan areas nation-wide, led largely by widespread growth in finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing. South Florida's economy grew 2.4 percent in 2013, outpacing the 1.7 percent national average for metro growth. Collectively, real GDP increased 1.7 percent in 2013.
Fuente: Oficina de Análisis Económicos

Florida's Bottom Line - Pequeñas Empresas

Florida's Bottom Line - Verano de 2014Las pequeñas empresas son el eje central de la economía de la Florida, es por eso que estamos concentrados en cultivar un entorno donde puedan seguir desarrollándose. En la Florida hay 2.3 millones de pequeñas empresas, cifra que constituye casi el 99 por ciento de los empleadores de nuestro estado. Estas empresas son verdaderamente una parte vital de la economía de la Florida, ya que emplean a uno de cada tres trabajadores de la Florida y crean casi dos tercios de los empleos nuevos en el sector privado, en todo el estado.

Esta edición de Florida’s Bottom Line highlights why Florida's small businesses must continue to grow, prosper and remain in our state for our economy to thrive. En su interior, encontrará análisis detallados de expertos en pequeñas empresas, así como una amplia variedad de recursos útiles para sus pequeña empresa.

Lea la edición sobre pequeñas empresas de Florida's Bottom Line aquí.

Promoviendo la Prosperidad Financiera


Este número especial de Florida's Bottom Line ofrece un resumen de los logros desde el punto de vista de la transparencia, fiscal y en beneficio de los consumidores del Departamento de Servicios Financieros desde 2011.

Promoviendo la Prosperidad Financiera

Spanish Be Scam Smart Workshop Dates

Ciudad Financiera Virtual de Family FoundationsIn honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15, 2014, a new initiative has been launched to promote financial literacy and fraud prevention in Florida’s Hispanic communities.

The Family Foundations initiative is part of Your Money Matter$, www.MyFloridaCFO.com/YMM, que ofrece información sobre una variedad de temas financieros para los consumidores de la Florida.

The Operation S.A.F.E workshops and the accompanying website, www.MyFloridaCFO.com/SAFE, have already helped more than 12,500 Florida seniors protect themselves from becoming victims of financial fraud. Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) Be Scam Smart workshops in Spanish will be offered throughout Central and South Florida.

Fechas y lugares de talleres Be Scam Smart en español:

  • Miércoles 23 de septiembre en Orlando, Florida
    Renaissance Senior Center de 2:00 p.m. a 3:30 p.m.
    3800 South Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32829


  • Martes 7 de octubre de Miami, Florida
    Little Havana Nutrition Center de 10:30 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.
    700 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130


  • Miércoles 8 de octubre en Hialeah, Florida
    Goodlet Park Senior Center de 10:30 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.
    900 W. 44th Street, Hialeah, FL 33012