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CFO Sink Congratulates Productivity Award Recipients


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2009                  
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Jayme O’Rourke, (850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE—Florida CFO Alex Sink today offered her congratulations to the dozens of Department of Financial Services employees who were recognized with a 2009 Prudential – Davis Productivity Award.  These employees are being recognized at a kickoff reception tonight in Tallahassee.  The Prudential – Davis Productivity Awards are presented annually to state employees who exceed performance expectations in ways that improve state functions and save money for Florida taxpayers.
“Our Department’s winners have shown a dedication to the people of Florida by going above and beyond to ensure the most efficient and productive use of taxpayer dollars,” said CFO Sink. “I am very proud to congratulate all of the Department of Financial Services recipients on their Davis Productivity Awards and I thank them for their innovations and achievements.”
Department of Financial Services employees received 39 recognitions this year, including 5 cash awards, 16 plaque awards, and 16 certificates of commendation. Many different areas of work done by the Department of Financial Services were recognized, such as efforts to protect seniors from financial fraud, insurance fraud investigations and unclaimed property notification efforts.
“To increase our Department’s savings, I have asked our Division Directors to review Florida TaxWatch’s report of the top 20 ‘Most Adaptable Achievements’ from the Davis Productivity Awards and see what we can implement,” CFO Sink continued. 
The 2009 awards competition attracted 568 nominations for innovations and productivity improvements worth $342 million in cost savings, cost avoidances and increased revenue for state government. Over the past 19 years, award winners have posted a total of $6.3 billion in added value for Florida taxpayers and businesses.  Last week, CFO Sink also sponsored a Cabinet resolution recognizing the achievement of all Prudential – Davis Award recipients.
“Congratulations to CFO Alex Sink, and the staff of the Department of Financial Services on having so many award winners this year,” said Clarissa Dunlap, Executive Director of the Prudential – Davis Productivity Award program administered by Florida TaxWatch.  “CFO Sink continues to be a dedicated partner to the program and every year her office’s numerous awards reflect her commitment to saving taxpayer dollars.”
The Prudential – Davis Productivity Awards program is a major government improvement initiative co-sponsored by Florida TaxWatch, The Florida Council of 100, and the State of Florida. For more information about the Davis Productivity Awards, visit the Florida TaxWatch Web site: