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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Administration

Bureau of Finance and Accounting

Rhonda S. Vause
Bureau Chief
(850) 488-8756
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The Bureau of Finance and Accounting is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures related to fiscal matters; directing and coordinating the preparation of annual and periodic financial reports; interpreting fiscal data to be used in formulating recommendations to management; and coordinating the development of new or changes to existing accounting systems and systems of internal control.

Accomplishments in 1996-97:

  • Successfully reorganized from ten budget entities to four through restructuring the department's data elements, which included creating new organization codes and accounts codes;

  • Simplified the process for paying building inspectors contracted through the Department of Management Services, which will greatly improve prompt payment compliance;

  • Completed programs to assist conversion of Community Correctional Centers to the Cashless Canteen/Inmate Bank System. Once implemented, this will eliminate the need for the mainframe Inmate Bank System;

  • Increased prices, pursuant to 945.215, Florida Statutes, for inmate canteen resale items by approximately 21 percent. A market analysis was completed to determine the applicable price increase percentage amount required to align canteen item pricing with fair market pricing;

  • Negotiated a canteen commission rate increase for Santa Rosa and Okeechobee, two sites that are operated by a private company. The increased canteen commission rate corresponds to the canteen item price increase enacted by the department this year;

  • Established Cashless Canteen/Inmate Bank (CC/IB) User Groups statewide to recommend system enhancements; upgraded various (CC/IB) system sites. The new processors will enhance system capabilities and decrease transaction processing time;

  • Represented the department in the Florida Accounting Information Resources System (FLAIR) Joint Application Development sessions to develop an electronic data interchange module, and to reengineer the payment process, contract audit, purchasing card, and interactive voice response system;

  • Conducted training seminars for field offices and Central Office on financial statement preparation, the Report Distribution System, and Information Warehouse.