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Meet the CFO

Jeff Atwater serves the citizens of the state of Florida as the state's elected Chief Financial Officer, State Fire Marshal, and member of the Florida Cabinet.

Jeff Atwater

Florida Chief Financial Officer

CFO Jeff AtwaterThese days, dealing with daily financial pressures can seem overwhelming to most Florida families. Learning how to make good financial decisions can protect your hard-earned dollars and allow you the freedom to do more of what you love. Whether you are starting a new career, buying your first home, or just trying to put gas in your tank, I want you to know that as your CFO, I am committed to ensuring you have the tools you need to build a strong financial future.

As CFO, I oversee the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS). My department serves consumers and taxpayers through its work in 13 divisions, several specialized offices and additional initiatives I set forth. A world of information and assistance is provided by the department on issues ranging from insurance education and assistance, fire prevention and safety, and even unclaimed cash and property. I have also established additional priorities to assist Floridians including fighting fraud, consumer protection and fiscal transparency.

One of the 15 divisions I oversee, the Division of Consumer Services, helps consumers make informed insurance and financial decisions. My dedicated and experienced staff members are continuously trained and informed about any changes that occur in 26 different categories of insurance. Consumers can contact a specialist directly by telephone between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the statewide, toll-free number 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236). Consumers can also visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com for 24-hour access to our online insurance library, consumer guides, a calendar of free consumer workshops offered around the state, or to ask a question of an insurance specialist. Other items available include:

  1. Verify Before You Buy - Check agent and company information and licensure before purchasing an insurance policy.
  2. Complaint Comparison - Consumers can compare the number of complaints an insurance company has compared to the number of policies they have in force.
  3. Disaster Assistance - The Division also offers information on protecting your home and family in the event of a natural disaster.

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Chief Financial Officer

Florida's CFO oversees the state's accounting and auditing functions and unclaimed property, monitors the investment of state funds and manages the deferred compensation program and risk management program for the state

Insurance consumer service is handled by the CFO, and the office is responsible for the licensing and oversight of insurance agents and agencies, as well as funeral homes and cemeteries.

Insurance fraud investigation also is overseen by the CFO, as well as ensuring businesses have workers' compensation coverage in place for employees and helping injured workers with benefit payments and re-employment.

State Fire Marshal

The state's CFO also serves as Florida's State Fire Marshal. The Division of State Fire Marshal provides various fire-related training, education and services throughout the state, from assisting local fire departments by conducting consumer education to training citizens at one of the finest fire-training colleges in the state.

Florida Cabinet Member

Florida's CFO serves as one of three constitutionally elected state executives of the Florida Cabinet, which comprises the Chief Financial Officer, the Attorney General, and the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The Governor and Cabinet serve as a board of directors, or agency heads, governing such matters as the purchase of state lands; clemency matters; state bond, trust and fund management; veterans' affairs; state law enforcement administration; tax collection; power plant and transmission line sitings; and financial and insurance regulation for the state of Florida.