State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist
Governor

Robert A. Butterworth
Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Al Zimmerman
February 6, 2007 850-488-4855

STATEMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SECRETARY
BOB BUTTERWORTH

Regarding the Department's renewed focus on clear and consistent standards
of open government


"Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the Department of Children and Families is determined to provide all Floridians with reliable customer service that is communicated clearly and consistently. Recently, Governor Crist highlighted two aspects of improved customer service standards, asking that state agencies reevaluate their policies and procedures to ensure they are using plain language communication and fully embracing the concept of open government.

"I firmly believe the cornerstone of effective service for all state agencies is a commitment to transparent and open government. As a former Attorney General, I dedicated myself to the advancement of policies that would open the doors of government and provide the public access to all that we do in the interest of service.

"I am committed to the Department's consistent and full compliance with Florida's Sunshine Laws. As a resource to those we aim to serve, the Department will now provide easy access to policies and procedures related to Department records. It is my hope that this measure will help our public hold us accountable for our actions and foster a better understanding of the Department of Children and Families and our ideals."


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