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Jeff Atwater: Legislation Needed to Reform State Contracting System

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater continues his push to revamp the states contracting system.

In a release, Atwater announced he will ask legislators to reform contracting in the coming session:

The best protection for taxpayers' money is to implement a higher standard of auditing state contracts, CFO Atwater said. We have an obligation to reform the system to prevent poorly written contracts from being executed. If we pre-audit a contract at the beginning, then follow up with an audit at the conclusion of the contract, we can ensure that the promised goods or services were delivered at the best possible price.

In addition to higher levels of accountability through tougher auditing standards, Atwater wants vendors to help identify inefficiency in the ways Florida buys products and services.

In Florida, we have hundreds of smart entrepreneurs who interact with state agencies every single day. We need a process to invite them to identify areas where the state is wasting money or taking longer than necessary to get the job done. If state agencies become smarter, more efficient consumers, we can save money.

CFO Atwater stressed the time for these reforms is now.

We cannot wait any longer. If we plan to keep Florida growing and getting back on a path to prosperity, we need to ensure that state government is finding every penny of savings in contracts and maximizing value. Florida taxpayers deserve it.

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