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Title IV
EXECUTIVE BRANCH
Chapter 17
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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CHAPTER 17
CHAPTER 17
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
17.001 Chief Financial Officer.
17.002 Definition.
17.011 Assistant Chief Financial Officer.
17.02 Place of residence and office.
17.03 To audit claims against the state.
17.031 Security of Chief Financial Officer’s office.
17.0315 Financial and cash management system; task force.
17.04 To audit and adjust accounts of officers and those indebted to the state.
17.0401 Confidentiality of information relating to financial investigations.
17.041 County and district accounts and claims.
17.0415 Transfer and assignment of claims.
17.0416 Authority to provide services on a fee basis.
17.05 Subpoenas; sworn statements; enforcement proceedings.
17.075 Form of state warrants and other payment orders; rules.
17.076 Direct deposit of funds.
17.08 Accounts, etc., on which warrants drawn, to be filed.
17.09 Application for warrants for salaries.
17.10 Record of warrants and of state funds and securities.
17.11 To report disbursements made.
17.12 Authorized to issue warrants to tax collector or sheriff for payment.
17.13 To duplicate warrants lost or destroyed.
17.14 To prescribe forms.
17.16 Seal.
17.17 Examination by Governor and report.
17.20 Assignment of claims for collection.
17.21 Not to allow any claim of state attorney against state until report made.
17.22 Notice to Department of Legal Affairs.
17.25 May certify copies.
17.26 Cancellation of state warrants not presented within 1 year.
17.27 Microfilming and destroying records and correspondence.
17.28 Chief Financial Officer may authorize biweekly salary payments.
17.29 Authority to prescribe rules.
17.30 Dissemination of information.
17.32 Annual report of trust funds; duties of Chief Financial Officer.
17.325 Governmental efficiency hotline; duties of Chief Financial Officer.
17.41 Department of Financial Services Tobacco Settlement Clearing Trust Fund.
17.43 Federal Law Enforcement Trust Fund.
17.51 Oath and certificate of Chief Financial Officer.
17.52 Moneys paid on warrants.
17.54 Annual report to Governor.
17.55 Examination by and monthly statements to the Governor.
17.555 Division of Treasury to keep record of warrants and of state funds and securities.
17.56 Division of Treasury to turn over to the Division of Accounting and Auditing all warrants paid.
17.57 Deposits and investments of state money.
17.575 Administration of funds; Treasury Investment Council.
17.58 Deposits of public money outside the State Treasury; revolving funds.
17.59 Safekeeping services.
17.60 Treasury Cash Deposit Trust Fund.
17.61 Chief Financial Officer; powers and duties in the investment of certain funds.
17.62 Interest on state moneys deposited; when paid.
17.63 Chief Financial Officer not to issue evidences of indebtedness.
17.64 Division of Treasury to make reproductions of certain warrants, records, and documents.
17.65 Chief Financial Officer to prescribe forms.
17.66 Securities in book-entry form.
17.67 Federal Grants Trust Fund.
17.68 Financial Literacy Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
17.001 Chief Financial Officer.As provided in s. 4(c), Art. IV of the State Constitution, the Chief Financial Officer is the chief fiscal officer of the state and is responsible for settling and approving accounts against the state and keeping all state funds and securities.
History.s. 12, ch. 2003-261.
17.002 Definition.For the purposes of this chapter, the term “department” means the Department of Financial Services.
History.s. 13, ch. 2003-261.
17.011 Assistant Chief Financial Officer.The Chief Financial Officer of the state may appoint an assistant Chief Financial Officer to hold office during the pleasure of the Chief Financial Officer.
History.s. 2, ch. 67-424; s. 14, ch. 2003-261.
17.02 Place of residence and office.The Chief Financial Officer shall reside at the seat of government of this state and shall hold office in a room in the capitol.
History.s. 2, ch. 8, 1845; ch. 1845, 1871; RS 94; GS 98; RGS 111; CGL 141; s. 53, ch. 95-147; s. 15, ch. 2003-261.
17.03 To audit claims against the state.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer of this state, using generally accepted auditing procedures for testing or sampling, shall examine, audit, and settle all accounts, claims, and demands, whatsoever, against the state, arising under any law or resolution of the Legislature, and issue a warrant directing the payment out of the State Treasury of such amount as he or she allows thereon.
(2) The Chief Financial Officer may establish dollar thresholds applicable to each invoice amount and other criteria for testing or sampling invoices on a preaudit and postaudit basis. The Chief Financial Officer may revise such thresholds and other criteria for an agency or the unit of any agency as he or she deems appropriate.
(3) The Chief Financial Officer may adopt and disseminate to the agencies procedural and documentation standards for payment requests and may provide training and technical assistance to the agencies for these standards.
(4) The Chief Financial Officer shall have the legal duty of delivering all state warrants and shall be charged with the official responsibility of the protection and security of the state warrants while in his or her custody. The Chief Financial Officer may delegate this authority to other state agencies or officers.
History.s. 1, ch. 146, 1848; RS 95; GS 99; RGS 112; CGL 142; s. 1, ch. 71-173; s. 1, ch. 79-95; s. 1, ch. 83-132; s. 54, ch. 95-147; s. 1, ch. 95-312; s. 1, ch. 97-96; s. 16, ch. 2003-261.
17.031 Security of Chief Financial Officer’s office.The Chief Financial Officer may engage the full-time services of two law enforcement officers, with power of arrest, to prevent all acts of a criminal nature directed at the property in the custody or control of the Chief Financial Officer. While so assigned, such officers shall be under the direction and supervision of the Chief Financial Officer, and their salaries and expenses shall be paid from the general fund of the office of Chief Financial Officer.
History.s. 1, ch. 71-174; s. 17, ch. 2003-261.
17.0315 Financial and cash management system; task force.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer, as the constitutional officer responsible for settling and approving accounts against the state and keeping all state funds pursuant to s. 4, Art. IV of the State Constitution, is the head of and shall appoint members to a task force established to develop a strategic business plan for a successor financial and cash management system. The task force shall include the executive director of the Agency for State Technology and the director of the Office of Policy and Budget in the Executive Office of the Governor. Any member of the task force may appoint a designee.
(2) The strategic business plan for a successor financial and cash management system must:
(a) Permit proper disbursement and auditing controls consistent with the respective constitutional duties of the Chief Financial Officer and the Legislature;
(b) Promote transparency in the accounting of public funds;
(c) Provide timely and accurate recording of financial transactions by agencies and their professional staffs;
(d) Support executive reporting and data analysis requirements;
(e) Be capable of interfacing with other systems providing human resource services, procuring goods and services, and providing other enterprise functions;
(f) Be capable of interfacing with the existing legislative appropriations, planning, and budgeting systems;
(g) Be coordinated with the information technology strategy development efforts of the Agency for State Technology;
(h) Be coordinated with the revenue estimating conference process as supported by the Office of Economic and Demographic Research; and
(i) Address other such issues as the Chief Financial Officer identifies.
(3) State agency administrative services directors, finance and accounting officers, and budget directors within all branches of state government shall fully cooperate with the task force in its development of the strategic plan. The task force shall submit to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a strategic business plan that includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Identifying problems and opportunities imposed by current law and the current administration with respect to existing state accounting and cash management systems;
(b) Providing developmental solutions to known failures, including, but not limited to, those identified by external review and audit reports;
(c) Recommending business processes, requirements, and governance structure to support a standardized statewide accounting and cash management system;
(d) Evaluating alternative funding approaches to equitably distribute common accounting infrastructure costs across all participating users; and
(e) Providing an enterprise-wide work product that can be used as the basis for a revised competitive procurement process for the implementation of a successor system.
History.s. 1, ch. 2008-132; s. 3, ch. 2010-5; s. 22, ch. 2014-221.
17.04 To audit and adjust accounts of officers and those indebted to the state.The Chief Financial Officer, using generally accepted auditing procedures for testing or sampling, shall examine, audit, adjust, and settle the accounts of all the officers of this state, and any other person in anywise entrusted with, or who may have received any property, funds, or moneys of this state, or who may be in anywise indebted or accountable to this state for any property, funds, or moneys, and require such officer or persons to render full accounts thereof, and to yield up such property or funds according to law, or pay such moneys into the treasury of this state, or to such officer or agent of the state as may be appointed to receive the same, and on failure so to do, to cause to be instituted and prosecuted proceedings, criminal or civil, at law or in equity, against such persons, according to law. The Chief Financial Officer may conduct investigations within or outside of this state as it deems necessary to aid in the enforcement of this section. If during an investigation the Chief Financial Officer has reason to believe that any criminal statute of this state has or may have been violated, the Chief Financial Officer shall refer any records tending to show such violation to state or federal law enforcement or prosecutorial agencies and shall provide investigative assistance to those agencies as required.
History.s. 4, ch. 8, 1845; RS 96; GS 100; RGS 113; CGL 143; ss. 12, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 2, ch. 95-312; s. 1, ch. 95-426; s. 18, ch. 2003-261; s. 1, ch. 2016-165.
17.0401 Confidentiality of information relating to financial investigations.Except as otherwise provided by this section, information relative to an investigation conducted by the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to s. 17.04, including any consumer complaint, is confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution until the investigation is completed or ceases to be active. Any information relating to an investigation conducted pursuant to s. 17.04 shall remain confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution after the investigation is completed or ceases to be active if the Chief Financial Officer submits the information to any law enforcement or prosecutorial agency for further investigation. Such information shall remain confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution until that agency’s investigation is completed or ceases to be active. For purposes of this section, an investigation shall be considered “active” so long as the Chief Financial Officer or any law enforcement or prosecutorial agency is proceeding with reasonable dispatch and has a reasonable good faith belief that the investigation may lead to the filing of an administrative, civil, or criminal proceeding. This section shall not be construed to prohibit disclosure of information that is required by law to be filed with the Department of Financial Services or the Office of Financial Regulation and that, but for the investigation, would otherwise be subject to public disclosure. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the Chief Financial Officer from providing information to any law enforcement or prosecutorial agency. Any law enforcement or prosecutorial agency receiving confidential information from the Chief Financial Officer in connection with its official duties shall maintain the confidentiality of the information as provided for in this section.
History.s. 1, ch. 95-425; s. 3, ch. 96-406; s. 19, ch. 2003-261; s. 2, ch. 2016-165.
17.041 County and district accounts and claims.
(1) It shall be the duty of the Chief Financial Officer to adjust and settle, or cause to be adjusted and settled, all accounts and claims heretofore or hereafter reported to it by the Auditor General, the appropriate county or district official, or any person against all county and district officers and employees, and against all other persons entrusted with, or who may have received, any property, funds, or moneys of a county or district or who may be in anywise indebted to or accountable to a county or district for any property, funds, moneys, or other thing of value, and to require such officer, employee, or person to render full accounts thereof and to yield up such property, funds, moneys, or other thing of value according to law to the officer or authority entitled by law to receive the same.
(2) On the failure of such officer, employee, or person to adjust and settle such account, or to yield up such property, funds, moneys, or other thing of value, the Chief Financial Officer shall direct the attorney for the board of county commissioners, the district school board, or the district, as the case may be, entitled to such account, property, funds, moneys, or other thing of value to represent such county or district in enforcing settlement, payment, or delivery of such account, property, funds, moneys, or other thing of value. The Chief Financial Officer may enforce such settlement, payment, or delivery pursuant to s. 17.20.
(3) Should the attorney for the county or district aforesaid be disqualified or unable to act, and no other attorney be furnished by the county or district, or should the Chief Financial Officer otherwise deem it advisable, such account or claim may be certified to the Department of Legal Affairs by the Chief Financial Officer, to be prosecuted by the Department of Legal Affairs at county or district expense, as the case may be, including necessary per diem and travel expense in accordance with s. 112.061, as now or hereafter amended. Such expenses, when approved by the Chief Financial Officer, shall be paid forthwith by such county or district.
(4) If it appears to the Chief Financial Officer that any criminal statute of this state has or may have been violated by such defaulting officer, employee, or person, such information, evidence, documents, and other things tending to show such a violation, whether in the hands of the Chief Financial Officer, the Auditor General, the county, or the district, shall be forthwith turned over to the proper state attorney for inspection, study, and such action as may be deemed proper, or the same may be brought to the attention of the proper grand jury.
(5) No such account or claim, after it has been certified to the Chief Financial Officer, may be settled for less than the amount due according to law without the written consent of the Chief Financial Officer, and any attempt to make settlement in violation of this subsection shall be deemed null and void. A county or district board desiring to make such a settlement shall incorporate the proposed settlement into a resolution, stating that the proposed settlement is contingent upon the Chief Financial Officer’s approval, and shall submit two copies of the resolution to the department. The Chief Financial Officer shall return one copy with his or her action endorsed thereon.
(6) No settlement of account of any such officer, employee, or person, with the county or district, or any of their officers or agents, made in an amount or manner other than as authorized by law or for other than a lawful county or district purpose, shall be binding upon such county or district unless and until approved by the Chief Financial Officer, or unless more than 4 years shall have elapsed from the date of such settlement.
(7) Nothing in this section shall supersede the continuing duty of the proper county and district officers to require any officer, employee, or person to render full accounts of and to yield up according to law to the officer or authority entitled by law to receive the same, any property, funds, moneys, or other thing of value as to which such officer, employee, or person is in anywise indebted to or accountable to such county or district. The provisions of this section provide for collections and recoveries which the proper county or district officers have failed to make, and for correction of settlements made in an amount or manner other than as authorized by law.
History.s. 1, ch. 59-145; s. 8, ch. 69-82; s. 1, ch. 69-300; ss. 11, 12, 35, 69-106; s. 1, ch. 73-334; s. 7, ch. 77-104; s. 2, ch. 83-132; s. 55, ch. 95-147; s. 20, ch. 2003-261.
17.0415 Transfer and assignment of claims.In order to facilitate their collection from third parties, the Chief Financial Officer may authorize the assignment of claims among the state, its agencies, and its subdivisions, whether arising from criminal, civil, or other judgments in state or federal court. The state, its agencies, and its subdivisions, may assign claims under such terms as are mutually acceptable to the Chief Financial Officer and the assignee and assignor. The assigned claim may be enforced as a setoff to any claim against the state, its agencies, or its subdivisions, by garnishment or in the same manner as a judgment in a civil action. Claims against the state, its agencies, and its subdivisions resulting from the condemnation of property protected by the provisions of s. 4, Art. X of the State Constitution are not subject to setoff pursuant to this section.
History.s. 1, ch. 91-209; s. 21, ch. 2003-261.
17.0416 Authority to provide services on a fee basis.The Chief Financial Officer, through the Department of Financial Services, may provide accounting and payroll services on a fee basis under contractual agreement with eligible entities, including, but not limited to, state universities, community colleges, units of local government, constitutional officers, and any other person or entity having received any property, funds, or moneys from the state. All funds collected by the department under these contracts shall be deposited into the General Revenue Fund.
History.s. 1, ch. 2004-390; s. 14, ch. 2012-116.
17.05 Subpoenas; sworn statements; enforcement proceedings.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer may demand and require full answers on oath from any and every person, party or privy to any account, claim, or demand against or by the state, such as it may be the Chief Financial Officer’s official duty to examine into, and which answers the Chief Financial Officer may require to be in writing and to be sworn to before the Chief Financial Officer or the department or before any judicial officer or clerk of any court of the state so as to enable the Chief Financial Officer to determine the justice or legality of such account, claim, or demand.
(2) In exercising authority under this chapter, the Chief Financial Officer or his or her designee may:
(a) Issue subpoenas, administer oaths, and examine witnesses.
(b) Require or permit a person to file a statement in writing, under oath or otherwise as the Chief Financial Officer or his or her designee requires, as to all the facts and circumstances concerning the matter to be audited, examined, or investigated.
(3) Subpoenas shall be issued by the Chief Financial Officer or his or her designee under seal commanding such witnesses to appear before the Chief Financial Officer or his or her representative or the department at a specified time and place and to bring books, records, and documents as specified or to submit books, records, and documents for inspection. Such subpoenas may be served by an authorized representative of the Chief Financial Officer or the department.
(4) In the event of noncompliance with a subpoena issued pursuant to this section, the Chief Financial Officer or the department may petition the circuit court of the county in which the person subpoenaed resides or has his or her principal place of business for an order requiring the subpoenaed person to appear and testify and to produce books, records, and documents as specified in the subpoena. The court may grant legal, equitable, or injunctive relief, including, but not limited to, issuance of a writ of ne exeat or the restraint by injunction or appointment of a receiver of any transfer, pledge, assignment, or other disposition of such person’s assets or any concealment, alteration, destruction, or other disposition of subpoenaed books, records, or documents, as the court deems appropriate, until such person has fully complied with such subpoena and the Chief Financial Officer or the department has completed the audit, examination, or investigation. The Chief Financial Officer or the department is entitled to the summary procedure provided in s. 51.011, and the court shall advance the cause on its calendar. Costs incurred by the Chief Financial Officer or the department to obtain an order granting, in whole or in part, such petition for enforcement of a subpoena shall be charged against the subpoenaed person, and failure to comply with such order shall be a contempt of court.
History.s. 5, ch. 8, 1845; RS 97; GS 101; RGS 114; CGL 144; s. 1, ch. 73-334; s. 56, ch. 95-147; s. 1, ch. 99-155; s. 22, ch. 2003-261.
17.075 Form of state warrants and other payment orders; rules.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer is authorized to establish the form or forms of state warrants which are to be drawn by him or her and of other orders for payment or disbursement of moneys out of the State Treasury and to change the form thereof from time to time as the Chief Financial Officer may consider necessary or appropriate. Such orders for payment may be in any form, but, regardless of form, each order shall be subject to the accounting and recordkeeping requirements applicable to state warrants.
(2) The Chief Financial Officer shall adopt rules establishing accounting and recordkeeping procedures for all payments made by electronic transfer of funds or by any other means. Such procedures shall be consistent with the statutory requirements applicable to payments by state warrant.
History.s. 1, ch. 77-240; s. 6, ch. 79-400; s. 4, ch. 81-277; s. 1, ch. 83-120; s. 23, ch. 2003-261.
17.076 Direct deposit of funds.
(1) As used in this section, the term “beneficiary” means any person who is drawing salary or retirement benefits from the state or who is the recipient of any lawful payment from state funds.
(2) The Chief Financial Officer shall establish a program for the direct deposit of funds to the account of the beneficiary of such a payment or disbursement in any financial institution equipped for electronic fund transfers, which institution is designated in writing by such beneficiary and has lawful authority to accept such deposits. Direct deposit of funds shall be by any electronic or other transfer medium approved by the Chief Financial Officer for such purpose.
(3) The Chief Financial Officer may contract with an authorized financial institution for the services necessary to operate the program. In order to implement the provisions of this section, the Chief Financial Officer may deposit with that financial institution the funds payable to the beneficiaries, in lump sum, by Chief Financial Officer’s warrant to make the authorized direct deposits.
(4) The written authorization of a beneficiary shall be filed with the department or its designee. Such authorization shall remain in effect until withdrawn in writing by the beneficiary or dishonored by the designated financial institution.
(5) All direct deposit records made prior to October 1, 1986, are exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1). With respect to direct deposit records made on or after October 1, 1986, the names of the authorized financial institutions and the account numbers of the beneficiaries are confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. Notwithstanding this exemption and the provisions of s. 119.071(5)(b), the department may provide a state university, upon request, with that university’s employee or vendor direct deposit authorization information on file with the department in order to accommodate the transition to the university accounting system. The state university shall maintain the confidentiality of all such information provided by the department.
(6) To cover the department’s actual costs for processing the direct deposit of funds other than salary or retirement benefits, the department may charge the beneficiary of the direct deposit a reasonable fee. The department may collect the fee by direct receipt from the beneficiary or by subtracting the amount of the fee from the funds due the beneficiary. Such fees collected by the department shall be deposited into the Department of Financial Services Administrative Trust Fund.
(7) Effective July 1, 2000, all new recipients of retirement benefits from this state shall be paid by direct deposit of funds. A retiree may request from the department an exemption from the provisions of this subsection when such retiree can demonstrate a hardship. The department may pay retirement benefits by state warrant when deemed administratively necessary.
History.s. 2, ch. 81-277; s. 1, ch. 83-120; s. 3, ch. 83-132; s. 1, ch. 86-64; s. 2, ch. 90-360; s. 3, ch. 95-312; s. 4, ch. 96-406; s. 2, ch. 99-155; s. 24, ch. 2003-261; ss. 5, 6, ch. 2003-399; s. 1, ch. 2004-41; s. 1, ch. 2006-1.
17.08 Accounts, etc., on which warrants drawn, to be filed.All accounts, vouchers, and evidence, upon which warrants have heretofore been, or shall hereafter be, drawn upon the treasury by the Chief Financial Officer shall be filed and deposited in the office of Chief Financial Officer or the office of the Chief Financial Officer’s designee, in accordance with requirements established by the Secretary of State.
History.ch. 351, 1851; RS 100; GS 104; RGS 117; CGL 147; s. 4, ch. 95-312; s. 2, ch. 97-96; s. 25, ch. 2003-261.
17.09 Application for warrants for salaries.All public officers who are entitled to salaries in this state, shall make their application for warrants in writing, stating for what terms and the amount they claim, which written application shall be filed by the Chief Financial Officer as vouchers for the warrants issued thereupon.
History.s. 1, ch. 1567, 1866; RS 101; GS 105; RGS 118; CGL 148; s. 26, ch. 2003-261.
17.10 Record of warrants and of state funds and securities.The Chief Financial Officer shall cause to be entered in the warrant register a record of the warrants issued during the previous month, and shall make such entry in the record so required to be kept as shall show the number of each warrant issued, in whose favor drawn, and the date it was issued. He or she shall account for all state funds and securities.
History.s. 1, ch. 1536, 1866; RS 103; GS 107; ch. 7270, 1917; RGS 119; CGL 149; s. 4, ch. 83-132; s. 27, ch. 2003-261.
17.11 To report disbursements made.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer shall make in all his or her future annual reports an exhibit stated from the record of disbursements made during the fiscal year, and the several heads of expenditures under which such disbursements were made.
(2) The Chief Financial Officer shall also cause to have reported from the Florida Accounting Information Resource Subsystem no less than quarterly the disbursements which agencies made to small businesses, as defined in the Florida Small and Minority Business Assistance Act; to certified minority business enterprises in the aggregate; and to certified minority business enterprises broken down into categories of minority persons, as well as gender and nationality subgroups. This information shall be made available to the agencies, the Office of Supplier Diversity, the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Each agency shall be responsible for the accuracy of information entered into the Florida Accounting Information Resource Subsystem for use in this reporting.
History.s. 3, ch. 1536, 1866; RS 104; GS 108; RGS 120; CGL 150; s. 5, ch. 83-132; s. 6, ch. 85-104; s. 2, ch. 94-322; s. 1312, ch. 95-147; s. 12, ch. 99-155; s. 7, ch. 2000-286; s. 28, ch. 2003-261; s. 18, ch. 2007-157.
17.12 Authorized to issue warrants to tax collector or sheriff for payment.Whenever it shall appear to the satisfaction of the Chief Financial Officer from examination of the books of his or her office that the tax collector or the sheriff for any county in this state has paid into the State Treasury, through mistake or otherwise, a larger or greater sum than is actually due from such collector or sheriff, then the Chief Financial Officer may issue a warrant to such collector or sheriff for the sum so found to be overpaid.
History.ch. 1762, 1870; RS 105; GS 109; RGS 121; CGL 151; s. 58, ch. 95-147; s. 29, ch. 2003-261.
17.13 To duplicate warrants lost or destroyed.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer is required to duplicate any Chief Financial Officer’s warrants that may have been lost or destroyed, or may hereafter be lost or destroyed, upon the owner thereof or the owner’s agent or attorney presenting the Chief Financial Officer the statement, under oath, reciting the number, date, and amount of any warrant or the best and most definite description in his or her knowledge and the circumstances of its loss; if the Chief Financial Officer deems it necessary, the owner or the owner’s agent or attorney shall file in the office of the Chief Financial Officer a surety bond, or a bond with securities, to be approved by one of the judges of the circuit court or one of the justices of the Supreme Court, in a penalty of not less than twice the amount of any warrants so duplicated, conditioned to indemnify the state and any innocent holders thereof from any damages that may accrue from such duplication.
(2) The Chief Financial Officer is required to duplicate any Chief Financial Officer’s warrant that may have been lost or destroyed, or may hereafter be lost or destroyed, when sent to any payee via any state agency when such warrant is lost or destroyed prior to being received by the payee and provided the director of the state agency to whom the warrant was sent presents to the Chief Financial Officer a statement, under oath, reciting the number, date, and amount of the warrant lost or destroyed, the circumstances surrounding the loss or destruction of such warrant, and any additional information that the Chief Financial Officer shall request in regard to such warrant.
(3) Any duplicate Chief Financial Officer’s warrant issued in pursuance of the above provisions shall be of the same validity as the original was before its loss.
History.ss. 1, 3, ch. 1758, 1870; RS 106; GS 110; RGS 122; CGL 152; s. 1, ch. 24280, 1947; s. 1, ch. 73-148; s. 59, ch. 95-147; s. 30, ch. 2003-261.
17.14 To prescribe forms.The Chief Financial Officer may prescribe the forms of all papers, vouchers, reports and returns and the manner of keeping the accounts and papers to be used by the officers of this state or other persons having accounts, claims, or demands against the state or entrusted with the collection of any of the revenue thereof or any demand due the same, which form shall be pursued by such officer or other persons.
History.s. 12, ch. 8, 1845; RS 107; GS 111; RGS 123; CGL 153; s. 4, ch. 71-377; s. 31, ch. 2003-261.
17.16 Seal.The office of the Chief Financial Officer shall have an official seal by which its proceedings are authenticated.
History.s. 7, ch. 8, 1845; RS 108; GS 112; RGS 124; CGL 154; s. 32, ch. 2003-261; s. 2, ch. 2004-390.
17.17 Examination by Governor and report.The office of Chief Financial Officer, and the books, files, documents, records, and papers shall always be subject to the examination of the Governor of this state, or any person the Governor may authorize to examine the same; and on the first day of January of each and every year, or oftener if called for by the Governor, the Chief Financial Officer shall make a full report of all his or her official acts and proceedings for the last fiscal year to the Governor, to be laid before the Legislature with the Governor’s message, and shall make such further report as the constitution may require.
History.s. 8, ch. 8, 1845; RS 109; GS 113; ch. 7342, 1917; RGS 125; CGL 155; s. 60, ch. 95-147; s. 33, ch. 2003-261.
17.20 Assignment of claims for collection.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer shall charge the state attorneys with the collection of all claims that are placed in their hands for collection of money or property for the state or any county or special district, or that it otherwise requires them to collect. The charges are evidence of indebtedness of a state attorney against whom any charge is made for the full amount of the claim, until the charges have been collected and paid into the treasury of the state or of the county or special district or the legal remedies of the state have been exhausted, or until the state attorney demonstrates to the Chief Financial Officer that the failure to collect the charges is not due to negligence and the Chief Financial Officer has made a proper entry of satisfaction of the charge against the state attorney.
(2) The Chief Financial Officer may assign the collection of any claim to a collection agent or agents who are registered and in good standing pursuant to chapter 559, if the Chief Financial Officer determines the assignation to be cost-effective. The Chief Financial Officer may authorize the agent or agents to add a fee to the amount to be collected.
(3) Each agency shall be responsible for exercising due diligence in securing full payment of all accounts receivable and other claims due the state.
(a) No later than 120 days after the date on which the account or other claim was due and payable, unless another period is approved by the Chief Financial Officer, and after exhausting other lawful measures available to the agency, each agency shall report the delinquent accounts receivable as directed by the Chief Financial Officer to the appropriate collection agent for further action, excluding those agencies that collect delinquent accounts pursuant to independent statutory authority.
(b) An agency that has delinquent accounts receivable, which the agency considers to be of a nature that assignment to a collection agency would be inappropriate, may request in writing for an exemption for those accounts. The request shall fully explain the nature of the delinquent accounts receivable and the reasons the agency believes such accounts would be precluded from being assigned to a collection agency. The Chief Financial Officer shall disapprove the request in writing unless the agency shows that a demonstrative harm to the state will occur as a result of assignment to a collection agency.
(c) Agencies that have delinquent accounts receivable, which accounts are of such a nature that it would not be appropriate to transfer collection of those delinquent accounts to the Chief Financial Officer within 120 days after the date they are due and payable, may request in writing a different period of time for transfer of collection of such accounts. The request shall fully explain the nature of the delinquent accounts receivable and include a recommendation as to an appropriate period.
(4) Each October 1, each agency shall submit a report to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Chief Financial Officer which includes:
(a) A detailed list and total of all accounts that were referred for collection and the status of such accounts, including the date referred, any amounts collected, and the total that remains uncollected.
(b) A list and total of all delinquent accounts that were not referred to a collection agency, the reasons for not referring those accounts, and the actions taken by the agency to collect.
(c) A list of all accounts or claims, including a description and the total amount of each account or claim, which were written off or waived by the agency for any reason during the prior fiscal year, the reason for being written off, and whether any of those accounts continue to be pursued by a collection agent.
(5) Each December 1, the Chief Financial Officer shall provide to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a report that details the following information for any contracted collection agent:
(a) The amount of claims referred for collection by each agency, cumulatively and annually.
(b) The number of accounts by age and amount.
(c) A listing of those agencies that failed to report known claims to the Chief Financial Officer in a timely manner as prescribed in subsection (3).
(d) The total amount of claims collected, cumulatively and annually.
(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in any contract providing for the location or collection of unclaimed property, the Chief Financial Officer may authorize the contractor to deduct its fees and expenses for services provided under the contract from the unclaimed property that the contractor has recovered or collected under the contract. The Chief Financial Officer shall annually report to the Governor, President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives the total amount collected or recovered by each contractor during the previous fiscal year and the total fees and expenses deducted by each contractor.
History.ss. 1, 2, ch. 1413, 1863; RS 112; GS 116; RGS 128; CGL 158; ss. 12, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 6, ch. 83-132; s. 62, ch. 95-147; s. 6, ch. 95-312; s. 1, ch. 97-60; s. 34, ch. 2003-261; s. 2, ch. 2010-151; s. 2, ch. 2014-17.
17.21 Not to allow any claim of state attorney against state until report made.The Chief Financial Officer shall not audit or allow any claim which any state attorney may have against the state for services who shall fail to make any report which by law the state attorney is required to make to the Chief Financial Officer of claims of the state which it is his or her duty to collect.
History.s. 3, ch. 1413, 1863; RS 113; GS 117; RGS 129; CGL 159; s. 63, ch. 95-147; s. 35, ch. 2003-261.
17.22 Notice to Department of Legal Affairs.Whenever the Chief Financial Officer forwards any bond or account or claim for suit to any state attorney, he or she shall advise the Department of Legal Affairs of the fact, giving it the amount of the claim and other necessary particulars for its full information upon the subject.
History.s. 2, ch. 2083, 1877; RS 114; GS 118; RGS 130; CGL 160; s. 5, ch. 71-377; s. 36, ch. 2003-261.
17.25 May certify copies.The Chief Financial Officer may certify, under his or her seal of office, copies of any record, paper, or document, by law placed in the Chief Financial Officer’s custody, keeping, and care; and such certified copy shall have the same force and effect as evidence as the original would have.
History.s. 13, ch. 8, 1845; RS 117; GS 121; RGS 133; CGL 163; s. 64, ch. 95-147; s. 37, ch. 2003-261.
17.26 Cancellation of state warrants not presented within 1 year.
(1) If any state warrant issued by the Chief Financial Officer or Comptroller against any fund in the State Treasury is not presented for payment within 1 year after the last day of the month in which it was originally issued, the Chief Financial Officer may cancel the warrant and credit the amount of the warrant to the fund upon which it is drawn. If the warrant so canceled was issued against a fund that is no longer operative, the amount of the warrant shall be credited to the General Revenue Fund. The Chief Financial Officer shall not honor any state warrant after it has been canceled.
(2) The funds represented by a warrant canceled under subsection (1) are presumed abandoned by the payee or person entitled to the warrant and shall be reported and remitted as unclaimed property under s. 717.117, except that written notice to the apparent owner of the unclaimed property is not required before filing of the report. An action may not be commenced thereafter for recovery of funds represented by the warrant, except as provided by chapter 717. This subsection applies to all warrants issued on or after July 1, 1992.
(3) When a warrant canceled under subsection (1) represents funds that are in whole or in part derived from federal contributions and disposition of the funds under chapter 717 would cause a loss of the federal contributions, the Governor shall certify to the Chief Financial Officer that funds represented by such warrants are for that reason exempt from treatment as unclaimed property. Obligations represented by warrants are unenforceable after 1 year from the last day of the month in which the warrant was originally issued. An action may not be commenced thereafter on the obligation unless authorized by the federal program from which the original warrant was funded and unless payment of the obligation is authorized to be made from the current federal funding. When a payee or person entitled to a warrant subject to this subsection requests payment, and payment from current federal funding is authorized by the federal program from which the original warrant was funded, the Chief Financial Officer may, upon investigation, issue a new warrant to be paid out of the proper fund in the State Treasury, provided the payee or other person executes under oath the statement required by s. 17.13 or surrenders the canceled warrant.
(4) If a valid obligation of the state is due, owing, and unpaid and it becomes unenforceable for any reason because of the provisions and limitations contained in this section, the person entitled to payment on the obligation may present a claim for relief to the Legislature, provided the claim is made within the time limitations presently provided by law.
(5) This section does not extend any applicable statute of limitations or revive any barred claim with respect to any state obligation outstanding and unpaid on July 1, 1995.
History.ss. 1, 2, ch. 22006, 1943; s. 1, ch. 29645, 1955; s. 1, ch. 73-220; s. 2, ch. 85-61; s. 1, ch. 88-256; s. 7, ch. 95-312; s. 2, ch. 2001-60; s. 38, ch. 2003-261.
17.27 Microfilming and destroying records and correspondence.
(1) The Department of Financial Services may destroy general correspondence files and also any other records which the department may deem no longer necessary to preserve in accordance with retention schedules and destruction notices established under rules of the Division of Library and Information Services, records and information management program, of the Department of State. Such schedules and notices relating to financial records of the department shall be subject to the approval of the Auditor General.
(2) The Department of Financial Services may photograph, microphotograph, or reproduce on film such documents and records as it may select, in such manner that each page will be exposed in exact conformity with the original.
(3) The Department of Financial Services may destroy any of such documents after they have been photographed and filed in accordance with the provisions of subsection (1).
(4) Photographs or microphotographs in the form of film or prints of any records made in compliance with the provisions of this section shall have the same force and effect as the originals thereof would have, and shall be treated as originals for the purpose of their admissibility in evidence. Duly certified or authenticated reproductions of such photographs or microphotographs shall be admitted in evidence equally with the original photographs or microphotographs.
History.ss. 1-3, ch. 23909, 1947; ss. 12, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 6, ch. 71-377; s. 1, ch. 77-102; s. 1, ch. 78-177; s. 2, ch. 86-163; s. 39, ch. 2003-261.
17.28 Chief Financial Officer may authorize biweekly salary payments.The Chief Financial Officer may permit biweekly salary payments to personnel upon written request by a specific state agency.
History.s. 1, ch. 67-425; s. 40, ch. 2003-261; s. 1, ch. 2013-18.
17.29 Authority to prescribe rules.The Chief Financial Officer may adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement this chapter and the duties assigned by statute or the State Constitution. Such rules may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) Procedures or policies relating to the processing of payments from salaries, other personal services, or any other applicable appropriation.
(2) Procedures for processing interagency and intraagency payments that do not require the issuance of a state warrant.
(3) Procedures or policies requiring that payments made by the state for goods, services, or anything of value be made by electronic means, including, but not limited to, debit cards, credit cards, or electronic funds transfers.
(4) A method that reasonably accommodates persons who, because of technological, financial, or other hardship, may not be able to receive payments by electronic means. The Chief Financial Officer may make payments by state warrant if deemed administratively necessary.
History.s. 7, ch. 83-132; s. 65, ch. 95-147; s. 7, ch. 98-200; s. 41, ch. 2003-261; s. 3, ch. 2010-151.
17.30 Dissemination of information.The Chief Financial Officer may disseminate, in any form or manner he or she considers appropriate, information regarding the Chief Financial Officer’s official duties.
History.s. 8, ch. 83-132; s. 66, ch. 95-147; s. 42, ch. 2003-261.
17.32 Annual report of trust funds; duties of Chief Financial Officer.
(1) On February 1 of each year, the Chief Financial Officer shall present to the Governor and the Legislature a report listing all trust funds as defined in s. 215.32. The report must contain the following data elements for each fund for the preceding fiscal year:
(a) The fund code.
(b) The title.
(c) The fund type according to generally accepted accounting principles.
(d) The statutory authority.
(e) The beginning cash balance.
(f) Direct revenues.
(g) Nonoperating revenues.
(h) Operating disbursements.
(i) Nonoperating disbursements.
(j) The ending cash balance.
(k) The department and budget entity in which the fund is located.
(2) The report shall separately list all funds that received no revenues other than interest earnings or transfers from the General Revenue Fund or from other trust funds during the preceding fiscal year.
(3) The report shall separately list all funds that had unencumbered balances in excess of $2 million in each of the 2 preceding fiscal years.
History.s. 4, ch. 92-142; s. 43, ch. 2003-261; s. 30, ch. 2010-102.
17.325 Governmental efficiency hotline; duties of Chief Financial Officer.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer shall establish and operate a statewide toll-free telephone hotline to receive information or suggestions from the residents of this state on how to improve the operation of government, increase governmental efficiency, and eliminate waste in government.
(2) The Chief Financial Officer shall operate the hotline 24 hours a day. The Chief Financial Officer may advertise the availability of the hotline in newspapers of general circulation in this state and shall provide for the posting of notices in conspicuous places in state agency offices, city halls, county courthouses, and places in which there is exposure to significant numbers of the general public, including, but not limited to, local convenience stores, shopping malls, shopping centers, gasoline stations, or restaurants. The Chief Financial Officer shall use the slogan “Tell us where we can ‘Get Lean’” for the hotline and in advertisements for the hotline.
(3) Each telephone call on the hotline shall be received by the office of the Chief Financial Officer, and the office of the Chief Financial Officer shall conduct an evaluation to determine if it is appropriate for the telephone call to be processed as a “Get Lean” telephone call. If it is determined that the telephone call should be processed as a “Get Lean” telephone call, a record of each suggestion or item of information received shall be entered into a log kept by the Chief Financial Officer. A caller on the hotline may remain anonymous, and, if the caller provides his or her name, the name shall be confidential. If a caller discloses that he or she is a state employee, the Chief Financial Officer, in addition to maintaining a record as required by this section, may refer any information or suggestion from the caller to an existing state awards program administered by the affected agency. The affected agency shall conduct a preliminary evaluation of the efficacy of any suggestion or item of information received through the hotline and shall provide the Chief Financial Officer with a preliminary determination of the amount of revenues the state might save by implementing the suggestion or making use of the information.
(4) Any person who provides any information through the hotline shall be immune from liability for any use of such information and shall not be subject to any retaliation by any employee of the state for providing such information or making such suggestion.
(5) The Chief Financial Officer shall adopt any rule necessary to implement the establishment, operation, and advertisement of the hotline.
History.s. 4, ch. 92-316; s. 29, ch. 96-399; s. 2, ch. 97-60; s. 44, ch. 2003-261; s. 31, ch. 2010-102; s. 8, ch. 2012-212.
17.41 Department of Financial Services Tobacco Settlement Clearing Trust Fund.
(1) The Department of Financial Services Tobacco Settlement Clearing Trust Fund is created within that department.
(2) Funds to be credited to the Tobacco Settlement Clearing Trust Fund shall consist of payments received by the state from settlement of State of Florida v. American Tobacco Co., No. 95-1466AH (Fla. 15th Cir. Ct. 1996). Moneys received from the settlement and deposited into the trust fund are exempt from the service charges imposed under s. 215.20.
(3)(a) Subject to approval of the Legislature, all or any portion of the state’s right, title, and interest in and to the tobacco settlement agreement may be sold to the Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation created pursuant to s. 215.56005. Any such sale shall be a true sale and not a borrowing.
(b) Any moneys received by the state pursuant to any residual interest retained in the tobacco settlement agreement or the payments to be made under the tobacco settlement agreement shall be deposited into the Tobacco Settlement Clearing Trust Fund.
(4) Net proceeds of the sale of the tobacco settlement agreement received by the state shall be immediately deposited into the Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund, created in s. 215.5601, without deposit to the Tobacco Settlement Clearing Trust Fund.
(5) The department shall disburse funds, by nonoperating transfer, from the Tobacco Settlement Clearing Trust Fund to the tobacco settlement trust funds of the various agencies or to the Biomedical Research Trust Fund in the Department of Health, as appropriate, in amounts equal to the annual appropriations made from those agencies’ trust funds in the General Appropriations Act.
(6) Pursuant to the provisions of s. 19(f)(3), Art. III of the State Constitution, the Tobacco Settlement Clearing Trust Fund is exempt from the termination provisions of s. 19(f)(2), Art. III of the State Constitution.
History.s. 1, ch. 99-197; s. 3, ch. 2000-122; s. 2, ch. 2000-128; s. 1, ch. 2001-73; s. 45, ch. 2003-261; s. 1, ch. 2004-282; s. 1, ch. 2004-350.
17.43 Federal Law Enforcement Trust Fund.
(1) The Federal Law Enforcement Trust Fund is created within the Department of Financial Services. The department may deposit into the trust fund receipts and revenues received as a result of federal criminal, administrative, or civil forfeiture proceedings and receipts and revenues received from federal asset-sharing programs. The trust fund is exempt from the service charges imposed by s. 215.20.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 216.301 and pursuant to s. 216.351, any balance in the trust fund at the end of any fiscal year shall remain in the trust fund at the end of the year and shall be available for carrying out the purposes of the trust fund.
History.s. 1, ch. 98-278; s. 2, ch. 99-84; s. 1, ch. 2001-65; s. 46, ch. 2003-261; s. 5, ch. 2004-234; s. 2, ch. 2007-14.
17.51 Oath and certificate of Chief Financial Officer.The Chief Financial Officer shall, within 10 days before he or she enters upon the duties of office, take and subscribe an oath or affirmation faithfully to discharge the duties of office, which oath or affirmation must be deposited with the Department of State. The Chief Financial Officer shall also file with the Department of State a certificate attesting that the retiring Treasurer or Chief Financial Officer has filed receipts from his or her successor for balance of cash, and for all bonds and other securities held by the Treasurer or Chief Financial Officer as such, and a certificate from each board of which he or she is made by law ex officio treasurer, that he or she has satisfactorily accounted to such board as its treasurer.
History.s. 3, ch. 9, 1845; s. 2, ch. 3684, 1887; RS 118; GS 123; RGS 134; CGL 164; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 71-19; s. 67, ch. 95-147; s. 1, ch. 98-34; s. 47, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.01.
17.52 Moneys paid on warrants.The Division of Treasury shall pay all warrants on the treasury drawn by the Chief Financial Officer or Comptroller and other orders by the Chief Financial Officer or Comptroller for the disbursement of state funds by electronic means or by means of a magnetic tape or any other transfer medium. No moneys shall be paid out of the treasury except on such warrants or other orders of the Chief Financial Officer or Comptroller.
History.s. 5, ch. 9, 1845; RS 119; GS 124; RGS 135; CGL 165; s. 1, ch. 73-266; s. 1, ch. 75-115; s. 2, ch. 83-120; s. 1, ch. 83-122; s. 1, ch. 91-244; s. 48, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.02.
17.54 Annual report to Governor.The Chief Financial Officer shall make a report in detail to the Governor, with a copy to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives as soon after the 1st day of July of each year as it is practicable to prepare same of the transactions of the Division of Treasury for the preceding fiscal year, embracing a statement of the receipts and payments on account of each of the several funds of which he or she has the care and custody.
History.s. 2, ch. 3563, 1885; RS 122; GS 127; RGS 138; CGL 168; s. 1, ch. 23094, 1945; s. 3, ch. 91-244; s. 70, ch. 95-147; s. 50, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.05.
17.55 Examination by and monthly statements to the Governor.The office of the Chief Financial Officer, and the books, files, documents, records, and papers thereof, shall always be subject to the examination of the Governor of the state, or any person he or she may authorize to examine same. The Chief Financial Officer shall exhibit to the Governor monthly a trial balance sheet from the Division of Treasury and a statement of all the credits, moneys, or effects on hand on the day for which such trial balance sheet is made, and such statement accompanying such trial balance sheet shall particularly describe the exact character of funds, credits, and securities, and shall state in detail the amount which he or she may have representing cash, including any not yet entered upon the books of his or her office, and such statement shall be certified and signed by the Chief Financial Officer officially.
History.s. 3, ch. 3563, 1885; RS 123; s. 1, ch. 4588, 1897; GS 128; RGS 139; CGL 169; s. 2, ch. 73-266; s. 71, ch. 95-147; s. 51, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.06.
17.555 Division of Treasury to keep record of warrants and of state funds and securities.The Division of Treasury shall keep a record of the warrants or other orders of the Chief Financial Officer which the Division of Treasury pays and shall account for all state funds and securities.
History.s. 4, ch. 3563, 1885; RS 124; GS 129; RGS 140; CGL 170; s. 3, ch. 73-266; s. 4, ch. 91-244; s. 72, ch. 95-147; s. 1, ch. 95-280; s. 52, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.07.
17.56 Division of Treasury to turn over to the Division of Accounting and Auditing all warrants paid.The Division of Treasury shall turn over to the Division of Accounting and Auditing all warrants drawn by the Chief Financial Officer or the Comptroller and paid by the Division of Treasury. The warrants shall be turned over as soon as the Division of Treasury shall have recorded such warrants and charged the same against the accounts upon which such warrants are drawn.
History.s. 5, ch. 3563, 1885; RS 125; GS 130; RGS 141; CGL 171; s. 1, ch. 23093, 1945; s. 4, ch. 73-266; s. 5, ch. 91-244; s. 54, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.08.
17.57 Deposits and investments of state money.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer, or other parties with the permission of the Chief Financial Officer, shall deposit the money of the state or any money in the State Treasury in such qualified public depositories of the state as will offer satisfactory collateral security for such deposits, pursuant to chapter 280. It is the duty of the Chief Financial Officer, consistent with the cash requirements of the state, to keep such money fully invested or deposited as provided herein in order that the state may realize maximum earnings and benefits.
(2) The Chief Financial Officer shall make funds available to meet the disbursement needs of the state. Funds which are not needed for this purpose shall be placed in qualified public depositories that will pay rates established by the Chief Financial Officer at levels not less than the prevailing rate for United States Treasury securities with a corresponding maturity. In the event money is available for interest-bearing time deposits or savings accounts as provided herein and qualified public depositories are unwilling to accept such money and pay thereon the rates established above, then such money which qualified public depositories are unwilling to accept shall be invested in:
(a) Direct United States Treasury obligations.
(b) Obligations of the Federal Farm Credit Banks.
(c) Obligations of the Federal Home Loan Bank and its district banks.
(d) Obligations of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, including participation certificates.
(e) Obligations guaranteed by the Government National Mortgage Association.
(f) Obligations of the Federal National Mortgage Association.
(g) Commercial paper of prime quality of the highest letter and numerical rating as provided for by at least one nationally recognized rating service.
(h) Time drafts or bills of exchange drawn on and accepted by a commercial bank, otherwise known as “bankers acceptances,” which are accepted by a member bank of the Federal Reserve System having total deposits of not less than $400 million or which are accepted by a commercial bank which is not a member of the Federal Reserve System with deposits of not less than $400 million and which is licensed by a state government or the Federal Government, and whose senior debt issues are rated in one of the two highest rating categories by a nationally recognized rating service and which are held in custody by a domestic bank which is a member of the Federal Reserve System.
(i) Corporate obligations or corporate master notes of any corporation within the United States, if the long-term obligations of such corporation are rated by at least two nationally recognized rating services in any one of the four highest classifications. However, if such obligations are rated by only one nationally recognized rating service, then the obligations shall be rated in any one of the two highest classifications.
(j) Obligations of the Student Loan Marketing Association.
(k) Obligations of the Resolution Funding Corporation.
(l) Mortgage-backed securities of the highest credit quality.
(m) Asset-backed securities rated by at least two nationally recognized rating services in any one of the three highest classifications. However, if such obligations are rated by only one nationally recognized rating service, the obligations must be rated in any one of the two highest classifications.
(n) Any obligations not previously listed which are guaranteed as to principal and interest by the full faith and credit of the United States Government or are obligations of United States agencies or instrumentalities which are rated in the highest category by a nationally recognized rating service.
(o) Commingled no-load investment funds or no-load mutual funds in which all securities held by the funds are authorized in this subsection.
(p) Money market mutual funds as defined and regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
(q) Obligations of state and local governments rated in any of the four highest classifications by at least two nationally recognized rating services. However, if such obligations are rated by only one nationally recognized rating service, then the obligations shall be rated in any one of the two highest classifications.
(r) Covered put and call options on investment instruments authorized in this subsection for the purpose of hedging transactions by investment managers to mitigate risk or to facilitate portfolio management.
(s) Negotiable certificates of deposit issued by financial institutions whose long-term debt is rated in one of the three highest categories by at least two nationally recognized rating services, the investment in which shall not be prohibited by any provision of chapter 280.
(t) Foreign bonds denominated in United States dollars and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission for sale in the United States, if the long-term obligations of such issuers are rated by at least two nationally recognized rating services in any one of the four highest classifications. However, if such obligations are rated by only one nationally recognized rating service, the obligations shall be rated in any one of the two highest classifications.
(u) Convertible debt obligations of any corporation domiciled within the United States, if the convertible debt issue is rated by at least two nationally recognized rating services in any one of the four highest classifications. However, if such obligations are rated by only one nationally recognized rating service, then the obligations shall be rated in any one of the two highest classifications.
(v) Securities not otherwise described in this subsection. However, not more than 3 percent of the funds under the control of the Chief Financial Officer shall be invested in securities described in this paragraph.
(w) Derivatives of investment instruments authorized in paragraphs (a)-(v).
(x) Futures and options on futures, provided the instruments for such purpose are traded on a securities exchange or board of trade regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

These investments may be in varying maturities and may be in book-entry form. Investments made pursuant to this subsection may be under repurchase agreement or reverse repurchase agreement. The Chief Financial Officer may hire registered investment advisers and other consultants to assist in investment management and to pay fees directly from investment earnings. Investment securities, proprietary investment services related to contracts, performance evaluation services, investment-related equipment or software used directly to assist investment trading or investment accounting operations including bond calculators, telerates, Bloombergs, special program calculators, intercom systems, and software used in accounting, communications, and trading, and advisory and consulting contracts made under this section are exempt from the provisions of chapter 287.

(3) In the event the financial institutions in the state do not make sufficient loan funds available for a residential conservation program pursuant to any plan approved by the Florida Public Service Commission under the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, the board may authorize the investment of state funds, except retirement trust funds, in such a loan program at rates not less than prevailing United States Treasury bill rates. However, prior to investment of such funds, the Florida Public Service Commission shall develop a plan which must be approved by the Legislature before implementation.
(4) All earnings on any investments made pursuant to this section are hereby appropriated to the General Revenue Fund, except that earnings attributable to moneys made available pursuant to s. 17.61(3)(a) and (b) shall be credited pro rata to the funds from which such moneys were made available.
(5) The fact that a municipal officer or a state officer, including an officer of any municipal or state agency, board, bureau, commission, institution, or department, is a stockholder or an officer or director of a bank or savings and loan association will not bar such bank or savings and loan association from being a depository of funds coming under the jurisdiction of any such municipal officer or state officer if it shall appear in the records of the municipal or state office that the governing body of such municipality or state agency has investigated and determined that such municipal or state officer is not favoring such banks or savings and loan associations over other qualified banks or savings and loan associations.
(6) The Chief Financial Officer is designated the cash management officer for the state and is charged with the coordination and supervision of procedures providing for the efficient handling of financial assets under the control of the State Treasury and each of the various state agencies, and of the judicial branch, as defined in s. 216.011. This responsibility shall include the supervision and approval of all banking relationships. Pursuant to this responsibility, the Chief Financial Officer may obtain information from financial institutions regarding depository accounts maintained by any agency or institution of the State of Florida.
(7) In addition to the deposits authorized under this section and notwithstanding any other provisions of law, funds that are not needed to meet the disbursement needs of the state may be deposited by the Chief Financial Officer in accordance with the following conditions:
(a) The funds are initially deposited in a qualified public depository, as defined in s. 280.02, selected by the Chief Financial Officer.
(b) The selected depository arranges for depositing the funds in financial deposit instruments insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in one or more federally insured banks or savings and loan associations, wherever located, for the account of the state.
(c) The full amount of the principal and accrued interest of each financial deposit instrument is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
(d) The selected depository acts as custodian for the state with respect to each financial deposit instrument issued for its account.
History.s. 1, ch. 4586, 1897; GS 132; s. 1, ch. 7929, 1919; RGS 143; CGL 173; s. 1, ch. 17712, 1937; s. 1, ch. 23976, 1947; s. 1, ch. 57-354; s. 1, ch. 63-114; ss. 28, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 71-104; s. 1, ch. 77-155; s. 1, ch. 78-110; s. 7, ch. 80-65; s. 1, ch. 80-103; s. 55, ch. 80-257; s. 1, ch. 81-285; s. 1, ch. 81-295; s. 2, ch. 83-122; s. 1, ch. 85-138; s. 1, ch. 87-331; s. 8, ch. 88-374; s. 1, ch. 89-287; s. 1, ch. 90-357; s. 8, ch. 91-244; s. 1, ch. 92-87; s. 5, ch. 92-142; s. 1, ch. 93-75; s. 1, ch. 94-166; s. 1, ch. 96-177; s. 1, ch. 98-409; ss. 64, 65, ch. 2002-402; ss. 55, 56, ch. 2003-261; s. 3, ch. 2003-400; s. 3, ch. 2004-390; s. 1, ch. 2005-126; s. 3, ch. 2006-122; ss. 1, 2, ch. 2009-70; s. 1, ch. 2009-140.
Note.Former s. 18.10.
17.575 Administration of funds; Treasury Investment Council.
(1) There is created a Treasury Investment Council within the Division of Treasury consisting of at least five members, at least three of whom are professionals from the private sector, who must possess special knowledge, experience, and familiarity in finance, investments, or accounting. The members of the council must be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Chief Financial Officer. Each member shall serve a term of 4 years from the date of appointment. The council shall annually elect a chair and vice chair from among its members.
(2) The council shall review the investments required by s. 17.57; meet with staff of the Division of Treasury at least biannually; and provide recommendations to the Division of Treasury and the Chief Financial Officer regarding investment policy, strategy, and procedures.
(3) Members of the council shall serve without additional compensation or honorarium, but may receive per diem and reimbursement for travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061.
History.s. 3, ch. 2009-70; s. 1, ch. 2017-175.
17.58 Deposits of public money outside the State Treasury; revolving funds.
(1) All moneys collected by state agencies, boards, bureaus, commissions, institutions, and departments shall, except as otherwise provided by law, be deposited in the State Treasury. However, when the volume and complexity of collections so justify, the Chief Financial Officer may give written approval for such moneys to be deposited in clearing accounts outside the State Treasury in qualified public depositories pursuant to chapter 280. Such deposits shall only be made in depositories designated by the Chief Financial Officer. No money may be maintained in such clearing accounts for a period longer than approved by the Chief Financial Officer or 40 days, whichever is shorter, prior to its being transmitted to the Chief Financial Officer or to an account designated by him or her, distributed to a statutorily authorized account outside the State Treasury, refunded, or transmitted to the Department of Revenue. All depositories so designated shall pledge sufficient collateral to be security for such funds as provided in chapter 280.
(2) Revolving funds authorized by the Chief Financial Officer for all state agencies, boards, bureaus, commissions, institutions, and departments may be deposited by such agencies, boards, bureaus, commissions, institutions, and departments in qualified public depositories designated by the Chief Financial Officer for such revolving fund deposits; and the depositories in which such deposits are made shall pledge collateral security as provided in chapter 280.
(3) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, clearing and revolving accounts may be established outside the state when necessary to facilitate the authorized operations of any agency, board, bureau, commission, institution, or department. Any of such accounts established in the United States shall be subject to the collateral security requirements of chapter 280. Accounts established outside the United States may be exempted from the requirements of chapter 280 as provided in chapter 280; but before any unsecured account is established, the agency requesting or maintaining the account shall recommend a financial institution to the Chief Financial Officer for designation to hold the account and shall submit evidence of the financial condition, size, reputation, and relative prominence of the institution from which the Chief Financial Officer can reasonably conclude that the institution is financially sound before designating it to hold the account.
(4) Each department shall furnish a statement to the Chief Financial Officer, on or before the 20th of the month following the end of each calendar quarter, listing each clearing account and revolving fund within that department’s jurisdiction. Such statement shall report, as of the last day of the calendar quarter, the cash balance in each revolving fund and that portion of the cash balance in each clearing account that will eventually be deposited to the State Treasury as provided by law. The Chief Financial Officer shall show the sum total of state funds in clearing accounts and revolving funds, as most recently reported to the Chief Financial Officer by various departments, in his or her monthly statement to the Governor, pursuant to s. 17.55.
History.ss. 1, 2, ch. 28133, 1953; s. 3, ch. 67-129; ss. 2, 3, ch. 67-371; ss. 28, 31, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 72-162; s. 1, ch. 74-28; s. 1, ch. 78-54; s. 50, ch. 79-190; s. 2, ch. 81-285; s. 3, ch. 83-122; s. 11, ch. 83-132; s. 1, ch. 83-215; s. 2, ch. 85-138; s. 3, ch. 91-45; s. 73, ch. 95-147; s. 2, ch. 96-177; s. 57, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.101.
17.59 Safekeeping services.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer shall administer a collateral management service for all state agencies as defined in s. 216.011, or any county, city, or political subdivision thereof, or other public authority that requires by statute, rule, or contract the deposit or pledge of collateral.
(2) Eligible collateral listed in s. 17.57 may be deposited or pledged using the following collateral arrangements as approved by the Chief Financial Officer:
(a) Collateral deposited and held by a custodian of the Chief Financial Officer.
(b) Collateral pledged to the Chief Financial Officer.
(c) Securities and articles of value deposited and held by the Chief Financial Officer.
(d) Cash deposited in the Treasury Cash Deposit Trust Fund and the Public Deposit Security Trust Fund.
(e) Cash deposited with the Chief Financial Officer as escrow agent.
(3) The Chief Financial Officer may, in his or her discretion, establish a fee for processing, servicing, and safekeeping deposits and other documents or articles of value maintained by the Chief Financial Officer as requested by the various entities according to a service-level agreement or as provided for by law. Such fee shall be equivalent to the fee charged by financial institutions for processing, servicing, and safekeeping the same types of deposits and other documents or articles of value.
(4) The Chief Financial Officer shall collect in advance, and persons so served shall pay to the Chief Financial Officer in advance, the miscellaneous charges as described in a service-level agreement.
(5) All fees collected for the services described in this section shall be deposited in the Treasury Administrative and Investment Trust Fund.
History.s. 2, ch. 90-357; s. 2, ch. 92-87; s. 74, ch. 95-147; s. 58, ch. 2003-261; s. 4, ch. 2004-390; s. 15, ch. 2012-116.
Note.Former s. 18.103.
17.60 Treasury Cash Deposit Trust Fund.
(1) There is created in the State Treasury the Treasury Cash Deposit Trust Fund. Cash deposits made pursuant to s. 17.59 shall be deposited into this fund.
(2) Interest earned on cash deposited into this fund shall be prorated and paid to the depositing entities.
History.s. 3, ch. 90-357; s. 3, ch. 92-87; s. 59, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.104.
17.61 Chief Financial Officer; powers and duties in the investment of certain funds.
(1) The Chief Financial Officer shall invest all general revenue funds and all the trust funds and all agency funds of each state agency, and of the judicial branch, as defined in s. 216.011, and may, upon request, invest funds of any board, association, or entity created by the State Constitution or by law, except for the funds required to be invested pursuant to ss. 215.44-215.53, by the procedure and in the authorized securities prescribed in s. 17.57; for this purpose, the Chief Financial Officer may open and maintain one or more demand and safekeeping accounts in any bank or savings association for the investment and reinvestment and the purchase, sale, and exchange of funds and securities in the accounts. Funds in such accounts used solely for investments and reinvestments shall be considered investment funds and not funds on deposit, and such funds shall be exempt from the provisions of chapter 280. In addition, the securities or investments purchased or held under the provisions of this section and s. 17.57 may be loaned to securities dealers and banks and may be registered by the Chief Financial Officer in the name of a third-party nominee in order to facilitate such loans, provided the loan is collateralized by cash or United States government securities having a market value of at least 100 percent of the market value of the securities loaned. The Chief Financial Officer shall keep a separate account, designated by name and number, of each fund. Individual transactions and totals of all investments, or the share belonging to each fund, shall be recorded in the accounts.
(2) By and with the consent and approval of any constitutional board, the judicial branch, or agency now having the constitutional power to make investments and in accordance with this section, the Chief Financial Officer may make purchases, sales, exchanges, investments, and reinvestments for and on behalf of any such board.
(3)(a) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, it is the duty of each state agency, and of the judicial branch, now or hereafter charged with the administration of the funds referred to in subsection (1) to make such moneys available for investment as fully as is consistent with the cash requirements of the particular fund and to authorize investment of such moneys by the Chief Financial Officer.
(b) Monthly, and more often as circumstances require, such agency or judicial branch shall notify the Chief Financial Officer of the amount available for investment; and the moneys shall be invested by the Chief Financial Officer. Such notification shall include the name and number of the fund for which the investments are to be made and the life of the investment if the principal sum is to be required for meeting obligations. This subsection, however, shall not be construed to make available for investment any funds other than those referred to in subsection (1).
(c) Except as provided in this paragraph and except for moneys described in paragraph (d), the following agencies may not invest trust fund moneys as provided in this section, but shall retain such moneys in their respective trust funds for investment, with interest appropriated to the General Revenue Fund, pursuant to s. 17.57:
1. The Agency for Health Care Administration, except for the Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund.
2. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities, except for:
a. The Federal Grants Trust Fund.
b. The Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund.
3. The Department of Children and Families, except for:
a. The Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Trust Fund.
b. The Social Services Block Grant Trust Fund.
c. The Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund.
4. The Department of Corrections.
5. The Department of Elderly Affairs, except for:
a. The Federal Grants Trust Fund.
b. The Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund.
6. The Department of Health, except for:
a. The Federal Grants Trust Fund.
b. The Grants and Donations Trust Fund.
c. The Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Trust Fund.
d. The Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund.
7. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, only for the Security Deposits Trust Fund.
8. The Department of Juvenile Justice.
9. The Department of Law Enforcement.
10. The Department of Legal Affairs.
11. The Department of State, only for:
a. The Grants and Donations Trust Fund.
b. The Records Management Trust Fund.
12. The Department of Economic Opportunity, only for the Economic Development Trust Fund.
13. The Florida Public Service Commission, only for the Florida Public Service Regulatory Trust Fund.
14. The Justice Administrative Commission.
15. The state courts system.
(d) Moneys in any trust funds of the agencies in paragraph (c) may be invested pursuant to the provisions of this section if:
1. Investment of such moneys and the retention of interest is required by federal programs or mandates;
2. Investment of such moneys and the retention of interest is required by bond covenants, indentures, or resolutions;
3. Such moneys are held by the state in a trustee capacity as an agent or fiduciary for individuals, private organizations, or other governmental units; or
4. The Executive Office of the Governor determines, after consultation with the Legislature pursuant to the procedures of s. 216.177, that federal matching funds or contributions or private grants to any trust fund would be lost to the state.
(e) Moneys in any land acquisition trust fund created or designated to receive funds under s. 28, Art. X of the State Constitution may not be invested as provided in this section, but shall be retained in those trust funds, with the interest appropriated to the General Revenue Fund, as provided in s. 17.57.
(4)(a) There is hereby created in the State Treasury the Treasury Administrative and Investment Trust Fund.
(b) The Chief Financial Officer shall make an annual assessment of 0.12 percent against the average daily balance of those moneys made available pursuant to this section and 0.2 percent against the average daily balance of those funds requiring investment in a separate account. The proceeds of this assessment shall be deposited in the Treasury Administrative and Investment Trust Fund.
(c) The moneys so received and deposited in the fund shall be used by the Chief Financial Officer to defray the expense of his or her office in the discharge of the administrative and investment powers and duties prescribed by this section and this chapter, including the maintaining of an office and necessary supplies therefor, essential equipment and other materials, salaries and expenses of required personnel, and all other legitimate expenses relating to the administrative and investment powers and duties imposed upon and charged to the Chief Financial Officer under this section and this chapter. The unencumbered balance in the trust fund at the close of each quarter shall not exceed $750,000. Any funds in excess of this amount shall be transferred unallocated to the General Revenue Fund. However, fees received from deferred compensation participants pursuant to s. 112.215 shall not be transferred to the General Revenue Fund and shall be used to operate the deferred compensation program.
(5) The transfer of the powers, duties, and responsibilities of existing state agencies and of the judicial branch made by this section to the Chief Financial Officer shall include only the particular powers, duties, and responsibilities hereby transferred, and all other existing powers shall in no way be affected by this section.
History.s. 4, ch. 81-295; s. 5, ch. 84-137; s. 2, ch. 87-331; s. 2, ch. 89-549; s. 4, ch. 90-357; s. 4, ch. 92-87; s. 6, ch. 92-142; s. 2, ch. 94-166; s. 1313, ch. 95-147; s. 1, ch. 96-216; s. 1, ch. 99-159; ss. 66, 67, ch. 2002-402; ss. 60, 61, ch. 2003-261; s. 4, ch. 2003-400; s. 5, ch. 2004-390; s. 69, ch. 2006-227; s. 3, ch. 2007-13; s. 3, ch. 2008-16; s. 2, ch. 2009-71; s. 40, ch. 2011-142; s. 4, ch. 2014-19; s. 3, ch. 2014-47; s. 4, ch. 2015-229; s. 3, ch. 2016-29.
Note.Former s. 215.535; s. 18.125.
17.62 Interest on state moneys deposited; when paid.Interest on state moneys deposited in qualified public depositories under s. 17.57 shall be payable to the Chief Financial Officer quarterly.
History.s. 4, ch. 4586, 1897; GS 136; RGS 147; CGL 177; s. 1, ch. 65-99; ss. 28, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 5, ch. 81-295; s. 5, ch. 83-122; s. 3, ch. 96-177; s. 62, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.15.
17.63 Chief Financial Officer not to issue evidences of indebtedness.It is not lawful for the Chief Financial Officer of this state to issue any treasury certificates, or any other evidences of indebtedness, for any purpose whatever, and the Chief Financial Officer is prohibited from issuing the same.
History.s. 2, ch. 1737, 1870; RS 130; GS 138; RGS 149; CGL 179; s. 75, ch. 95-147; s. 63, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.17.
17.64 Division of Treasury to make reproductions of certain warrants, records, and documents.
(1) Photographs, microphotographs, or reproductions on film of warrants, vouchers, or checks shall be deemed to be original records for all purposes; and any copy or reproduction thereof made from such original film, duly certified by the Division of Treasury as a true and correct copy or reproduction made from such film, shall be deemed to be a transcript, exemplification or certified copy of the original warrant, voucher, or check such copy represents, and shall in all cases and in all courts and places be admitted and received in evidence with the like force and effect as the original thereof might be.
(2) The Division of Treasury may photograph, microphotograph, or reproduce on film, all records and documents of the division, as the Chief Financial Officer, in his or her discretion, selects; and the division may destroy any such documents or records after they have been photographed and filed and after audit of the division has been completed for the period embracing the dates of such documents and records.
(3) Photographs or microphotographs in the form of film or prints of any records made in compliance with the provisions of this section shall have the same force and effect as the originals thereof would have, and shall be treated as originals for the purpose of their admissibility in evidence. Duly certified or authenticated reproductions of such photographs or microphotographs shall be admitted in evidence equally with the original photographs or microphotographs.
History.ss. 1, 2, ch. 22704, 1945; s. 9, ch. 29615, 1955; s. 1, ch. 57-36; s. 76, ch. 95-147; s. 64, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.20.
17.65 Chief Financial Officer to prescribe forms.The Chief Financial Officer may prescribe the forms, and the manner of keeping the same, for all receipts, credit advices, abstracts, reports, and other papers furnished the Chief Financial Officer by the officers of this state or other persons or entities as a result of their having, or depositing, state moneys.
History.s. 8, ch. 73-266; s. 65, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.23.
17.66 Securities in book-entry form.Any security that:
(1)(a) Is eligible to be held in book-entry form on the books of the Federal Reserve Book-Entry System; or
(b) Is eligible for deposit in a depository trust clearing system established to hold and transfer securities by computerized book-entry systems; and which
(2)(a) Is held in the name of the Chief Financial Officer, in the name of the State Treasurer, or in the name of the State Insurance Commissioner; or
(b) Is pledged to the Chief Financial Officer, to the State Treasurer, or to the State Insurance Commissioner;

under any state law for any purpose whatsoever, may be held in book-entry form on the books of the Federal Reserve Book-Entry System or on deposit in a depository trust clearing system.

History.s. 3, ch. 87-331; s. 66, ch. 2003-261.
Note.Former s. 18.24.
17.67 Federal Grants Trust Fund.
(1) The Federal Grants Trust Fund is created within the Department of Financial Services.
(2) The trust fund is established for use as a depository for funds to be used for allowable grant activities funded by restricted program revenues from federal sources. Moneys to be credited to the trust fund shall consist of grants and funding from the Federal Government, interest earnings, and cash advances from other trust funds. Funds shall be expended only pursuant to legislative appropriation or an approved amendment to the department’s operating budget pursuant to the provisions of chapter 216.
History.s. 1, ch. 2011-29; s. 2, ch. 2014-45.
17.68 Financial Literacy Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
(1) The Legislature finds that the state has a compelling interest in promoting the economic independence and successful employment of individuals with developmental disabilities as defined in s. 393.063. In comparison with the general population, individuals with developmental disabilities experience lower rates of educational achievement, employment, and annual earnings and are more likely to live in poverty. Additionally, such individuals must navigate a complex network of federal and state programs in order to be eligible for financial and health benefits. Thus, it is essential that these individuals have sufficient financial management knowledge and skills to effectively participate in benefit eligibility determination processes and make informed decisions regarding financial services and products provided by financial institutions. Enhancing the financial literacy of such individuals will provide a pathway for economic independence and successful employment.
(2) The Financial Literacy Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities is established within the Department of Financial Services. The department, in consultation with public and private stakeholders, shall develop and implement the program, which must be designed to promote the economic independence and successful employment of individuals with developmental disabilities. Banks, credit unions, savings associations, and savings banks will be key participants in the development and promotion of the program, which must provide information, resources, outreach, and education in the following areas:
(a) For individuals with developmental disabilities:
1. Financial education, including instruction on money management skills and the effective use of financial services and products, to promote income preservation and asset development.
2. Identification of available financial and health benefit programs and services.
3. Job training programs and employment opportunities, including work incentives and state and local workforce development programs.
4. The impact of earnings and assets on eligibility for federal and state financial and health benefit programs, and options to manage such impact.
(b) For employers in this state, strategies to make program information and educational materials available to their employees with developmental disabilities.
(3) Effective October 1, 2016, the department shall:
(a) Establish on its website a clearinghouse for information regarding the program and other resources available for individuals with developmental disabilities and their employers.
(b) Publish a brochure describing the program, which is also accessible on its website.
(4) Within 90 days after the department establishes the website clearinghouse and publishes the brochure, each bank, savings association, and savings bank that is a qualified public depository as defined in s. 280.02 shall:
(a) Make copies of the department’s brochures available, upon the request of the consumer, at its principal place of business and each branch office located in this state which has in-person teller services by having copies of the brochure available or having the capability to print a copy of the brochure from the department’s website. Upon request, the department shall provide copies of the brochure to a bank, savings association, or savings bank.
(b) Provide on its website a hyperlink to the department’s website clearinghouse. If the department changes the website address for the clearinghouse, the bank, savings association, or savings bank must update the hyperlink within 90 days after notification by the department of such change.
(5) A participating qualified public depository is not subject to civil liability arising from the distribution or nondistribution of the brochure or program website information. The contents of the brochure or the program website information may not be attributed to a participating qualified public depository by virtue of its distribution, and do not constitute financial or investment advice by, nor create a fiduciary duty on, the participating qualified public depository to the recipient.
History.s. 1, ch. 2016-3.