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Florida's Regulation of the Death Care Industry Has Many Weaknesses, Results of a Joint Examination Conducted by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability and the Auditor General, Report No. 02-21, March 2002
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  • The department has not performed cemetery examinations in a timely manner.
  • The department has inadequate follow-up procedures to ensure that cemeteries correct violations found during examinations and inspections.
  • The department’s examination methodology needs improvement.
  • The department’s examination files are incomplete.
  • The department’s statutory enforcement authority is unclear, and the department interprets its authority narrowly.
  • The department tends to mediate complaints rather than take strong disciplinary action.
  • Current statutory disclosure requirements do not provide sufficient information to the department and the public.
  • The state’s regulation of the death care industry is unnecessarily fragmented.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Regulation of Professions
Department of Financial Services
Office of Financial Regulation
Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-17 Progress Report:  Improvements to Death Care Industry Still Needed, published in February 2004.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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