Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering
About the Division
Office of the Director
Jonathan Zachem, Director; email@example.com
Joe Dillmore, Deputy Director; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of the Director provides leadership, oversight, and administration of the five functional areas of the division. Specific responsibilities include budget planning, rule promulgation, policy development, legislative analysis of proposed legislation, strategic planning, fleet management, establishment of priorities, staff development, and enforcement of administrative actions. Additionally, the Office of the Director ensures the functional areas operate in a cooperative effort to achieve the mission and vision of the division. The five functional areas of the division include: Auditing, Investigations, Operations, Slot Operations, Revenue & Financial Analysis and State Compliance Agency (SCA).
Office of Auditing
vacant, Chief Auditing Officer
The Office of Auditing ensures the integrity of wagering activity, and protects the wagering public, by ensuring that pari-mutuel, cardroom, and slot machine wagering is conducted in compliance with the Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code. Auditing performs annual compliance audits covering various issues that include greyhound purses, mutuels, unclaimed winning tickets, cardrooms, breeders’ awards, totalisator system malfunctions interstate wagering restrictions, identification of fraudulent activity, verification that statutory accounting procedures are utilized, oversee the commingling of wagering pools, and the transmission of pari-mutuel information. Auditors also reconcile pari-mutuel wagering pools for more than 62,300 races and games annually to ensure proper payouts to pari-mutuel patrons.
Office of Investigations
Steven Kogan, Chief of Investigations
The Office of Investigations examines rule and statutory violations that occur in pari-mutuel wagering, cardroom and slot machine gaming. The office is responsible for preserving the integrity of the industry through protection of participants, animals and the general wagering public. Typical investigative cases may include falsified license applications, occupational criminal history checks, animal cruelty, and the use of performance altering medications and/or illegal substances during races. Investigators also conduct background examinations of potential permitholders and perform in-depth inspections of all new pari-mutuel, cardroom and slot machine facilities prior to opening. All facilities are routinely monitored by investigators to ensure compliance.
Office of Operations
vacant, Chief Operations Officer
The Office of Operations ensures that the day-to-day operation of races and games are conducted in accordance with Florida's pari-mutuel rules and statutes. All individuals and businesses who work or conduct business at a racetrack, fronton, cardroom, or slot machine facility and who have access to money wagered, restricted areas, and/or racing animals, must obtain an occupational license issued by the division. Operations staff issues approximately 21,500 pari-mutuel, cardroom, and slot machine occupational licenses annually. Operations’ field staff collects approximately 89,500 urine and blood samples from racing animals that are analyzed by the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine’s Racing Laboratory, for prohibited substances. The Office of Operations is also responsible for monitoring each race/game and conducts inquiries and hearings into alleged violations of the state pari-mutuel statutes and rules.
Office of Slot Operations
Casey Smith, Chief of Slot Operations
The Office of Slot Operations ensures that the integrity of the day-to-day operations at the slot machine facilities is maintained by verifying that slot activity is conducted in accordance with statutes, rules, as well as the facilities’ approved internal controls. Slot Operations’ staff ensures that every slot machine is certified by an independent testing lab; all machines meet the 85 percent minimum payout standard; minors do not have access to the gaming floor; all shipments from slot manufacturers to the slot facilities are approved; all facility employees with access to sensitive gaming areas are eligible for and have obtained the proper occupational license; and the gaming environment remains fair and not misleading to the public. Slot auditors perform daily reconciliations to verify the accuracy of the slot monitoring systems to ensure the 35 percent tax revenue is remitted to the division, which is subsequently transferred to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.
Office of Revenue & Financial Analysis
Tracy Swain, Revenue Program Administrator
The Office of Revenue and Financial Analysis safeguards the state’s revenue associated from cardroom, pari-mutuel, and slot gaming wagering activities. This work unit reconciles and accounts for over $870 million in wagering activity annually. The accurate accounting of the wagering provides the foundation to collect over $150 million in annual state revenue, develop revenue projections for the Revenue Estimating Conferences, maintain cashflow statements for timely transfers to the State General Fund and to the Education Enhancement Trust Fund, develop a detailed annual report summarizing the wagering activity, revenue, and division expenditures each fiscal year, and determine fiscal impacts on proposed legislation impacting the industry.
State Compliance Agency (SCA)
Ronald Williams, Audit Administrator, State Compliance Agency
The State Compliance Agency (SCA) is a part of the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering which has been designated by the Florida Legislature with the authority to carry out the state’s oversight responsibilities in accordance with the provisions outlined in the Gaming Compact Between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida effective July, 2010. For additional information, contact the National Indian Gaming Commission within the United States Department of Interior at 1441 L Street N.W., Suite 9100, Washington, D.C. 20005-3584, 202.632.7003, www.nigc.com. The Miccosukee Tribe has not been made a part of this Compact and therefore continue to operate under Federal jurisdiction.