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CFO Jeff Atwater calls again for hiring of SBA inspector general

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater renewed his call this week for an inspector general at the State Board of Administration, a position that executive director Ash Williams has said he will fill amid scrutiny of SBA investment procedures.

SBA trustees -- Atwater, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi-- reviewed Tuesday an outside review of SBA compliance protocol by Crowe Horwarth, LLP. Atwater said he wants the SBA to produce progress reports about its implementation of Crowe Horwarth's recommendations, which include hiring an inspector general.

"The report speaks to the progress we have made while highlighting the need for stronger controls and a more fully developed risk management process," Atwater said in a statement released Wednesday. "Further, the report assumes that the SBA compliance structure includes an inspector general, a position I have repeatedly called for to be filled immediately."