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Navigating State Government in Florida

A Guide to the Executive Branch Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
Agency: Acupuncture, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates & licenses acupuncturists
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/acupunct
Agency: Administrative Commission
General Description:
  • Oversees Division of Administration Hearings
  • Takes final action on growth management matters
  • Resolves disputes re: sheriffs’ budgets,  property appraisers’ budgets, military base reuse, local option gas tax, Correctional Medical Authority & Florida School for Deaf & Blind
  • Reviews university & community college requests to exercise eminent domain
Agency Head: Full Cabinet*
Website: http://cabinet.myflorida.com  
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, M. Chumbler
Agency: Administration, State Board of  (SBOA)
General Description: Manages & invests state funds & trusts, including the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund
Agency Head: Governor, CFO, Attorney General*
Website: http://www.sbaFloridacom/fsb/
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, Kelly Cruz-Brown (Hurricane Catastrophe Fund)
Agency: Agriculture & Consumer Services, Department of (DACS)
General Description:
  • Inspects & tests food and other consumer products
  • Investigates consumer fraud
  • Licenses concealed weapons carriers
  • Regulates private investigators
Agency Head: Commissioner of Agriculture
Website: www.freshfromflorida.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: L. Lockett, R. Harbison, N. Linnan, M. Donaldson
Agency: Architecture & Interior Design, Board of (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses architects & interior designers
Agency Head: 11 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/arch
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: L. Lockett, M. Donaldson
Agency: Athletic Training, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates athletic trainers (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 9 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/athtrain
Agency: Attorney General
General Description:
  • Represents state in litigation
  • Conducts consumer investigations
Agency Head: Attorney General
Website: www.myfloridalegal.com 
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, M. Chumbler
Agency: Auctioneers, Board of (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses auctioneers
Agency Head: 5 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/auct
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Donaldson
Agency: Auditor General, Office of
General Description: Performs audits of state and local agencies, charter and virtual schools, direct support organizations, government contractors, grant recipients, and pari-mutual wagering permittees
Agency Head: Auditor General
Reports To: Appointed by Legislative Auditing Committee
Website: www.myflorida.com/audgen/
Agency: Barbers’ Board (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses barbers
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/barb
Agency: Bond Finance, Division of (housed under SBOA)
General Description:
  • Issues state bonds
  • Maintains system for local bond reporting
  • Administers volume cap allocation for private activity bonds
Agency Head: Full Cabinet*
Website: https://www.sbaFloridacom/bondfinance/
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan
Agency: Boxing Commission, State (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses boxing, kick boxing, & mixed martial arts
Agency Head: 5 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/sbc/index.html
Agency: Building Code Administrator & Inspectors, Board of (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses building code inspectors & administrators
Agency Head: 9 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/build
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Donaldson
Agency: Business & Professional Regulation, Department of  (DBPR)
General Description:
  • Licenses and regulates various businesses & professions (see list of boards below)
  • Regulates & licenses alcoholic beverages
  • Regulates & collects taxes on tobacco products
  • Regulates condominiums, timeshares, coops, and mobile home parks
  • Regulates & licenses yacht & ship brokers
  • Regulates & licenses hotels and restaurants
  • Regulates & licenses pari-mutuel wagering, card rooms, and slot machines
  • Regulates & licenses drug, medical device, and cosmetic manufacturers and wholesale distributors
  • Regulates & licenses asbestos contractors & consultants
  • Regulates & licenses sports agents
  • Regulates & licenses home inspectors
  • Regulates & licenses mold assessors & remediators
  • Regulates & licenses talent agencies
  • Regulates & licenses CPAs
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, M. Chumbler, M. Donaldson, N. Kibert (Div. of Condos)
Agency: Chief Inspector General, Office of (housed under EOG)
General Description: Oversees inspectors general in executive branch agencies
Agency Head: Chief Inspector General
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: http://www.floridaoig.com/
Agency: Children & Families, Department of  (DCF)
General Description:
  • Provides protective services to vulnerable adults
  • Regulates  & licenses child care facilities & homes
  • Provides domestic violence intervention and crisis services
  • Administers public assistance programs
  • Administers child welfare programs
  • Administers homeless grant programs
  • Provides services to refugees
  • Provides substance abuse & mental health services
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.myflfamilies.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, M. Chumbler,
Agency: Chiropractic Medicine, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates chiropractors, chiropractic physician’s assistants, & chiropractic assistant (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/chiro  
Agency: Citrus, Department of
General Description: Regulates & markets citrus industry
Agency Head: 9 Commissioners
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.floridajuice.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: R. Harbison, N. Linnan
Agency: Clemency, Executive Board of
General Description: Considers requests for clemency (Parole Commission acts as staff)
Agency Head: Full Cabinet*
Website: https://fpc.state.fl.us/Clemency
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan
Agency: Clinical Laboratory Personnel, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates & certifies clinical laboratory directors, supervisors, technologists, blood gas analysts, and technicians who perform test procedures (final licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/ClinLab
Agency: Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates social workers, counselors, and therapists  (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 9 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/491
Agency: Community Association Managers, Regulatory Council of
General Description: Regulates & licenses community association managers
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cam
Agency: Construction Industry Licensing Board (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses construction contractors
Agency Head: 18 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Donaldson
Agency: Correctional Medical Authority (housed under DOH)
General Description: Supervises health care provided in state correctional facilities
Agency Head: 11 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/cma
Agency: Corrections, Department of (DOC)
General Description: Administers state prison system
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.dc.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, M. Chumbler,
Agency: Cosmetology, Board of (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses cosmetologists
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cosmo
Agency: Dentistry, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates dentists, dental hygienists, & dental laboratories (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 11 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/dentistry
Agency: Economic Opportunity, Department of  (DEO)
General Description:
  • Administers unemployment compensation
  • Administers workforce development initiatives
  • Administers economic development initiatives
  • Reviews local comprehensive plans
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.floridajobs.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, M. Donaldson
Agency: Education, Department of (housed under DEO)
General Description:
  • Administers Bd. of Educ. Rules
  • Administers state funding of K12 public schools
  • Conducts assessment of K12 schools
  • Regulates private schools
  • Develops statewide education standards
  • Regulates homeschooling
  • Regulates adult education
  • Regulates vocational education
Agency Head: Commissioner
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.fldoe.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: R. Harbison, N. Linnan, S. Sutton
Agency: Education, State Board (housed under DEO)
General Description:
  • Adopts rules applicable to K12 and community colleges
  • Resolves charter school appeals
Agency Head: 8 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.fldoe.org/board/
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan
Agency: Elder Affairs, Department of  (DEA)
General Description:
  • Administers Medicaid waiver programs for the elderly
  • Administers various community support, transportation, nutrition, & other programs for the elderly
  • Serves as statewide public guardian
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: elderaffairs.state.fl.us/
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: R. Harbison
Agency: Elections Commission  (FEC)
General Description: Enforces state elections laws
Agency Head: 9 Commissioners
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.fec.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: K. Tinkler
Agency: Electrical Contractors’ Licensing  Board (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses electrical contractors
Agency Head: 11 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/elboard
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Donaldson
Agency: Employee Leasing Companies, Board of (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses employee leasing companies
Agency Head: Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/emplo
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: Kelly Cruz-Brown, M. Donaldson
Agency: Enterprise Information Technology, Agency for (AEIT) (housed under EOG)
General Description: Develops and provides guidance regarding state IT policy
Agency Head: Chief Information Officer/Executive Director
Reports To: Full Cabinet
Website: http://aeit.myflorida.com  
Agency: Environmental Protection, Department of  (DEP)
General Description:
  • Regulates businesses and activities impacting the air, water, and environment
  • Regulates resource removal
  • Regulates coastal & marine resources
  • Administers hazardous waste & other contaminated site cleanup programs
  • Regulates community potable water systems
  • Serves as staff to Trustees of Internal Improvement Trust Fund
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.dep.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: L. Lockett, R. Allen, N. Linnan, M. Chumbler, M. Donaldson, D. Taylor, J. Verdone (mining)
Agency: Ethics, Commission on  (COE)
General Description: Acts on complaints, issues advisory opinions, and adopts rules relating to state ethics statutes
Agency Head: 9 Commissioners
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.ethics.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: K. Tinkler, N. Linnan, M. Chumbler
Agency: Financial Services, Department of (DFS)
General Description:
  • Serves as State Treasurer, including payment, accounting & auditing of state agency expenditures
  • Regulates insurance agents & agencies
  • Oversees rehabilitation & liquidation of insolvent insurance companies
  • Regulates funeral homes & cemeteries
  • Investigates and regulates insurance & public assistance fraud
  • Administers workers’ compensation system
  • Serves as State Fire Marshal
  • Administers risk management for state agencies
Agency Head: CFO
Website: www.myfloridacfo.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: K. Cruz-Brown
Agency: Financial Services Commission (FSC)
General Description: See OFR and OIR
Agency Head: Full Cabinet*
Website: http://www.flofr.com/staticpages/
financialservicescommission.htm
Agency: Financial Regulation, Office of (OFR) (housed under FSC)
General Description: Licenses & regulates financial services entities, ,state-chartered banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers and lenders, & securities-related entities
Agency Head: 1 Commissioner
Reports To: Full Cabinet
Website: www.flofr.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: K. Cruz-Brown
Agency: Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission  (FWCC)
General Description:
  • Enforces laws for protection & management of fish and wildlife
  • Regulates and licenses fishing & hunting
Agency Head: 7 Commissioners
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfwc.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Kibert, N. Linnan, J. Verdone
Agency: Florida Building Commission (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Develops & interprets state building code
Agency Head: 25 Commissioners
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/bcs/buildingcomm.html
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Chumbler, M. Donaldson
Agency: Florida Land & Water Adjudicatory Commission (FLWAC)
General Description:
  • Reviews rules & orders of water management districts
  • Adopts rules and reviews orders relating to areas of critical state concern
  • Resolves appeals regarding DRIs
Agency Head: Administration Commission* (Full Cabinet)
Website: http://cabinet.myflorida.com/flwac/flwac_index.html
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, M. Chumbler
Agency: Florida Real Estate Commission (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates and licenses real estate brokers & sales associates
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/re/frec.html  
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Chumbler, M. Donaldson
Agency: Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates and licenses real estate appraisers
Agency Head: 9 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website:  www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/re/freab.html
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Chumbler, M. Donaldson
Agency: Governor, Executive Office of (EOG)
General Description:
  • Direct or shared supervision over executive branch agencies
  • Recommend legislation
  • Recommend state budget
  • Analyze public policy
  • Veto legislation
  • Appointments to Boards & Commissions
  • Judicial appointments
  • Fill vacancies in state and local government office (except legislature)
  • Suspension of public officers
  • Approve fixed capital outlay program
  • Convene legislative special sessions
  • Chair, Enterprise Florida
  • Propose revisions to state comprehensive plan
  • Execute death warrants/stay execution
  • Negotiation of Indian gaming compacts
  • Issue executive orders
  • Declare state holidays
  • Emergency powers
Agency Head: Governor
Website: http://www.flgov.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: R. Harbison, N. Linnan
Agency: Governors, Board of (housed under DEO)
General Description:
  • Adopts rules applicable to State University System
  • Establishes university tuition & fees
Agency Head: 17 Members (14 Appointed)
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.flbog.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan
Agency: Health, Department of  (DOH)
General Description:
  • Licenses health care professionals (see Board descriptions below)
  • Regulates and licenses pain management clinics
  • Licenses pharmacies
  • Provides medical services to children in dependency
  • Makes disability determinations
  • Develops statewide health statistics
  • Provides disease control services
  • Regulates and permits noncommunity sewage systems
  • Regulates and permits noncommunity potable water wells
  • Provides public health services
  • Administers WIC
  • Issues birth certificates
Agency Head: Surgeon General
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, M. Chumbler, M. Donaldson
Agency: Healthcare Administration, Agency for  (AHCA)
General Description:
  • Regulates & licenses health care facilities & providers
  • Manages Medicaid providers and claims
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.ahca.myflorida.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: R. Harbison, Kelly Cruz-Brown, M. Bernier
Agency: Hearing Aid Specialists, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates hearing aid specialists (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 9 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/HearingAid
Agency: Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, Department of  (DHSMV)
General Description:
  • Provides law enforcement on state highways
  • Licenses motor vehicle drivers
  • Registers & licenses motor vehicles
Agency Head: Executive Director
Reports To: Full Cabinet
Website: www.flhsmv.gov 
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan
Agency: Housing Finance Corp. (FHFC)
General Description: Administers affordable housing programs
Agency Head: 8 Directors + DEO (Department of Economic Opportunity) designee
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.floridahousing.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Donaldson
Agency: Human Relations, Commission on  (COHR)
General Description:
  • Investigates claims of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations
  • Investigates state whistle-blower retaliation
Agency Head: 12 Commissioners
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: http://fchr.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: Kelly Cruz-Brown
Agency: Insurance Regulation, Office of (OIR) (housed under FSC)
General Description:
  • Licenses & regulates insurance companies, third party administrators, & service warranty companies
  • Regulates HMOs
Agency Head: 1 Commissioner
Reports To: Full Cabinet
Website: www.floir.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: K. Cruz-Brown
Agency: Juvenile Justice, Department of  (DJJ)
General Description:
  • Provides detention, probation, and intervention of youth & children adjudicated delinquent
  • Provides delinquency prevention services
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.djj.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Chumbler,
Agency: Landscape Architecture, Board of (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses landscape architects
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/larch
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Donaldson
Agency: Law Enforcement, Department of  (FDLE)
General Description:
  • Provides background screening
  • Conducts criminal investigations
  • Provides forensic services
  • Provides domestic security
Agency Head: Commissioners
Reports To: Full Cabinet
Website: www.fdle.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan
Agency: Legal Affairs, Department of (see also Attorney General, Office of)
General Description: See Attorney General, Office of
Agency Head: Attorney General
Agency: Lottery, Department of  (DOL)
General Description: Operates state lottery & other state-sponsored games of chance
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.flalottery.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Chumbler, M. Donaldson
Agency: Management Services, Department of  (DMS)
General Description:
  • Serves as human resource manager for state employees
  • Serves as principal executive branch procurement agency
  • Manages state buildings
  • Manages state telecommunications systems
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.dms.myflorida.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Chumbler, R. Harbison, N. Linnan
Agency: Massage Therapy, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates massage therapists and massage schools (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/massage
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: K. Cruz-Brown
Agency: Medicine, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates & certifies physicians, physician assistants, anesthesiologist assistants, dieticians & nutritionists (final licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 15 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/medical
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan
Agency: Military Affairs, Department of (DMA)
General Description: Provides oversight of Florida National Guard
Agency Head: Adjutant General
Reports To: Governor
Website: http://dma.myflorida.com/ 
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Chumbler, D. Taylor
Agency: Nursing, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates nurses, certified nursing assistants, and licensed practical nurses (licensed by DOH)
Agency Head: 13 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: K. Cruz-Brown
Agency: Nursing Home Administrators, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates nursing home administrators (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nurshome
Agency: Occupational Therapy Practice, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates & licenses occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/occupational
Agency: Opticianry, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates & certifies opticians (final licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/opticianry 
Agency: Optometry, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates optometrists (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/optometry
Agency: Orthotists & Prosthetists, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates orthotists, pedorthists, & prosthetists (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/OrthPros
Agency: Osteopathic Medicine, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates & certifies osteopathic physicians, osteopathic physician’s assistants, & osteopathic anesthesiologist assistants (final licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/osteopath
Agency: Parole Commission  (FPC)
General Description:
  • Administers parole & conditional release
  • Investigates clemency petitions
Agency Head: 3 Commissioners
Reports To: Appointed by Full Cabinet
Website: https://fpc.state.fl.us/
Agency: Persons With Disabilities, Agency for  (APD)
General Description: Provides services to developmentally disabled persons
Agency Head: Director
Reports To: Governor
Website: http://apd.myflorida.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan
Agency: Pharmacy, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description:
  • Regulates pharmacists (licensing by DOH)
  • Registers out-of-state pharmacies that ship to FL & pharmacy technicians
Agency Head: 9 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/pharmacy
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: K. Cruz-Brown
Agency: Physical Therapy Practice, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates physical therapists and physical therapist assistants (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/physical
Agency: Pilot Commissioners, Board of (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses harbor pilots
Agency Head: 10 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/pilotc
Agency: Podiatric Medicine, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates podiatrists (licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/podiatry
Agency: Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Board
General Description: Certifies power plants and transmission line (Department of Environmental Protection serves as staff)
Agency Head: Full Cabinet*
Website: www.myflorida.com/myflorida/cabinet/; www.dep.state.fl.us/siting/ 
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, W. Hall
Agency: Professional Engineers, Board of (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses professional engineers
Agency Head: 11 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.fbpe.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: Kelly Cruz-Brown, M. Donaldson, N. Linnan
Agency: Professional Geologists, Board of (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses professional geologists
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website:   www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/geolo
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: L. Lockett
Agency: Psychology, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates & certifies psychologists, school psychologists, sex therapists, & juvenile sex offender therapists (final licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/psychology
Agency: Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC)
General Description:
  • Resolves disputes regarding collective bargaining, unfair labor practices & other matters involving public employees
  • Registers public employee unions and conducts union elections
Agency Head: 3 Commissioners
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: http://perc.myflorida.com 
Agency: Public Service Commission (PSC)
General Description:
  • Regulates public utilities
  • Regulates telecommunications companies
Agency Head: 5 Commissioners
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.psc.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Walls, M. Bernier, M. Donaldson
Agency: Regional Planning Councils (RPCs)
General Description:
  • Prepare strategic regional policy plans
  • Comment on & have authority to appeal developments of regional impact
  • Comment on comprehensive plans
  • Provide technical assistance to local governments
  • Participate as party in  power plant & transmission line siting proceedings
Agency Head: Council 2/3 elected officials from local governments, 1/3 appointed by Governor
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: See below
Agency: RPC, Apalachee
Geographic Jurisdiction: Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, & Wakulla Counties
Website: www.thearpc.com 
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan
Agency: RPC, Central Florida
Geographic Jurisdiction: DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, & Polk Counties
Website: www.cfrpc.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan
Agency: RPC, East Central Florida
Geographic Jurisdiction: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, & Volusia Counties
Website: www.ecfrpc.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan
Agency: RPC, North Central Florida
Geographic Jurisdiction: Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, & Union Counties
Website: www.ncfrpc.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan
Agency: RPC, Northeast Florida
Geographic Jurisdiction: Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, & St. Johns Counties
Website: www.nefrpc.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan
Agency: FPC, South Florida
Geographic Jurisdiction: Broward, Dade, & Monroe Counties
Website: www.sfrpc.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan
Agency: RPC, Southwest Florida
Geographic Jurisdiction: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, & Sarasota Counties
Website: www.swfrpc.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor
Agency: RPC, Tampa Bay
Geographic Jurisdiction: Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, & Pinellas Counties
Website: www.tbrpc.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, K. Tinkler
Agency: RPC, Treasure Coast
Geographic Jurisdiction: Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, & St. Lucie Counties
Website: www.tcrpc.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, L. Harris
Agency: FPC, West Florida
Geographic Jurisdiction: Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, & Washington Counties
Website: www.wfrpc.org
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan
Agency: RPC, Withlacoochee
Geographic Jurisdiction: Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion, & Sumter
Website: www.wrpc.cc
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan
Agency: Respiratory Care, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates & licenses respiratory therapists, respiratory care practitioners
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/respiratory 
Agency: Revenue, Department of (DOR)
General Description:
  • Collects state taxes & audits tax payers
  • Collects local option tax
  • Collects child support
  • Oversees property taxes
  • Implements one-stop business registration portal (in development)
Agency Head: Executive Director
Reports To: Full Cabinet
Website: http://dor.myflorida.com/
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Chumbler, N. Linnan, R. Allen (ad valorem only)
Agency: Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, Board of (housed under DOH)
General Description: Regulates & certifies audiologists, audiology assistants, & speech-language pathologists (final licensing by DOH)
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/speech
Agency: State, Department of (DOS)
General Description:
  • Administers statewide elections
  • Provides for registration and reporting of business entities
  • Maintains Florida Administrative Code (to become Florida Admin. Register Oct. 2012)
  • Maintains state library & archives
  • Enhances, protects, & supports state historical resources & cultural affairs
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.dos.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: N. Linnan, K. Tinkler
Agency: Transportation, Department of (DOT)
General Description:
  • Designs, constructs, & maintains state highway system
  • Develops & implements aviation, rail, intermodal, & seaport systems
Agency Head: Secretary
Reports To: Governor
Website: www.dot.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan, R. Allen
Agency: Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund
General Description:
  • Acquires, disposes, and manages most state-owned lands.
  • Regulates activities on state's sovereign submerged lands
  • (Department of Environmental Protection serves as staff)
Agency Head: Full Cabinet*
Website: www.myflorida.com/myflorida/cabinet/cabprocess.html, www.dep.state.fl.us/lands
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: M. Chumbler, N. Linnan, R. Allen
Agency: Veteran Affairs, Department of (DVA)
General Description:
  • Provides assistance to Florida veterans
  • Operates veterans nursing homes
Agency Head: Executive Director
Reports To: Full Cabinet
Website: www.floridavets.org
Agency: Veterinary Medicine, Board of (housed under DBPR)
General Description: Regulates & licenses veterinarians
Agency Head: 7 Members
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/vetm
Agency: Water Management Districts (WMDs)
General Description:
  • Regulates water use
  • Administers flood protection programs
  • Regulates stormwater management
  • Regulates activities impacting surface waters (environmental resource permitting)
  • Regulates aquifer recharge
  • Regulates well construction
Agency Head: Governing Board
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: See below
Agency: WMD, NW Florida (NWFWMD)
General Description: All of Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Homes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa, Wakulla, Walton, & Washington Counties and the western half of Jefferson County
Agency Head: 9 Members
Website: www.nwfwmd.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan
Agency: WMD, St. Johns River  (SJRWMD)
General Description: All of Brevard, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Nassau, Seminole, St. Johns, & Volusia Counties and portions of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Lake, Marion, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, & Putnam Counties
Agency Head: 9 Members
Website: www.floridaswater.com
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan, M. Chumbler, K. Tinkler
Agency: WMD, S. Florida (SFWMD)
General Description: All of Broward, Collier, Dade, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Monroe, Palm Beach, & St. Lucie Counties and portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, & Polk Counties
Agency Head: 9 Members
Website: www.sfwmd.gov
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: R. Allen, K. Tinkler
Agency: WMD, SW Florida (SWFWMD)
General Description: All of Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee. Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, & Sumter Counties and portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Marion, & Polk Counties
Agency Head: 13 Members
Website: www.swfwmd.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: D. Taylor, N. Linnan, R. Allen, K. Tinkler
Agency: WMD, Suwannee River (SRWMD)
General Description: All of Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor & Union Counties and portions of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Jefferson & Levy Counties
Agency Head: 9 Members
Website: www.srwmd.state.fl.us
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: R. Allen
Agency: Workforce Florida (housed under DEO)
General Description: Develop policies to enhance Florida workforce
Agency Head: Board of Directors
Reports To: Appointed by Governor
Website: http://www.workforceflorida.com/
Carlton Fields Primary Contact: R. Harbison
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