REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS INVESTMENT MANAGER SERVICES Proposals ...
IMPORTANT NOTICE OF CHANGES:
1. ADDENDUM HAS BEEN UPDATED as of 1/28/2010 please review page 11
2. Exhibit F has been withdrawn and no longer is a required response for the
bid, rather you submission of a proposal is your acknowledgement of our
3. Label on Exhibit H should be Exhibit G
4. ORAL PRESENTATIONS RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 3, 2010
5. PROVIDE MOST RECENT PLUS PRIOR 4 YEARS AUDITED FINANCIAL
6. KINDLY EMAIL NBParrish@leoncountyfl.gov TO LET ME KNOW YOU PLAN TO
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
INVESTMENT MANAGER SERVICES
February 5, 2010
2:00 PM (EST)
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Leon County Courthouse Suite100
301 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Telephone: (850) 577-4020
Fax (850) 577-4255
The Leon County Clerk of Court is seeking registered Investment Advisors (as defined
and regulated by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission, "SEC") interested in
serving as an Investment Manager for Leon County Board of County Commissioners
("Board") "Long Term Core Investments". Leon County's Investment Policy is included at
the end of this Request for Proposal.
Permitted Investments are limited to high quality, short duration securities, with an
overall portfolio (Long Term and Short Term) being limited to a weighted average
duration of less than three (3) years. Strict compliance with policy guidelines is required
and compliance is monitored monthly by Leon County Clerk of Court Finance
Department. The current amount of "Long Term Core Investments" to be managed
pursuant to this Request for Proposal (RFP) is $65 million. However, the County makes
no explicit or implicit guarantee or warranty as to the amount of monies to be invested
pursuant to this RFP.
It is the intent of the Clerk to award a contract for an initial three (3) year period with the
option to renew it for two (2) additional two (2) year periods for a possible total of seven
(7) years. The decision to renew the contract will be at the sole discretion of the Clerk.
II. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
A. Sealed Proposal: Each proposer shall submit one proposal with 5 copies in a
sealed envelope. The sealed envelopes will be clearly marked as: Proposal To
Be Opened: 2:00 p.m. February 5, 2010, “Investment management Services”
MAILED TO: DELIVERED TO:
Mr. Robert B. Inzer Mr. Robert B. Inzer
Clerk of the Circuit Court Clerk of the Circuit Court
Leon County Leon County Courthouse
Post Office Box 726 301 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301 Tallahassee, Florida 32301
B. Questions and Additional Information: Request for clarification or additional
information should be made to: Norma Parrish, Treasury Manager. Email
address: NBParrish@LeonCountyFl.gov and mailing address:
Leon County Clerk of the Courts
Post Office Box 726
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
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C. Schedule: The following schedule will be adhered to on or about these dates:
Advertisement and Posting RFP to Website Monday, January 4, 2010
Last day for submission of questions or clarifications
Tuesday January 19, 2010
Sealed Proposals Due must be in the possession of the
Clerk of the Circuit Court by 2:00 PM. this date. No Friday , February 5, 2010
Selection Committee Review of Proposals TBA
Oral Presentations by Short Listed Firms Friday, February 26, 2010
Negotiation of Contract Monday, May 3, 2010
Contract Execution and Initiation of Services Monday, June 1, 2010
D. Prior to final selection of a proposer, the Clerk will schedule with one or more of
the proposers formal interviews.
E. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S.,
persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate should
contact the Clerk of Court Finance Office no later than 48 hours prior to any
meeting at (850) 577-4020 for assistance.
F. The contents of the proposal of the successful firm will become part of the
G. The Clerk reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive any
irregularities or informalities in any proposal or in the proposal procedures, and to
accept or reject any item or combination of items.
H. The award will be to the firm whose proposal complies with all the requirements
set forth in the RFP, and whose proposal, in the opinion of the Clerk, is the best
combination of price and level of service. These objectives are similar to all other
goods and services placed on a competitive approach by Leon County. The
Clerk of the Circuit Court is issuing the RFP in his capacity as Chief Financial
Officer of the County.
I. This RFP does not include portfolio accounts associated with the Leon County
Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, and the Sheriff. Although this RFP does not
include the portfolio accounts associated with these offices, other county officers
may choose to utilize the winning firm’s services. In all instances, the terms and
conditions of this RFP must be available to any other County office so desiring to
J. The request for proposal does not commit the County to pay any costs incurred
by any proposer in the submission of a proposal.
K. Should concerns or discrepancies arise during the proposal process, vendors are
encouraged to contact Norma Parrish, Treasury Manager, prior to Friday,
January 30, 2010. Such matters will be addressed and/or remedied prior to a
proposal opening or award whenever practically possible.
L. Award Challenge: Any proposal award recommendation may be challenged on
the grounds of irregularities in the evaluation of the proposal. Such notice of
intent of proposal challenge shall be made in writing to the Finance Director
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within 72 hours after receipt of the intended recommendation of award and
challenger shall file a formal written proposal challenge within 10 days after the
date in which the notice of intent of proposal challenge has been submitted.
Failure to file a notice of intent of proposal challenge or failure to file a formal
written proposal challenge shall constitute a waiver of all rights granted under this
M. Ethical Business Practices:
1. Gratuities. It shall be unethical for any person to offer, give, or agree to
give any County employee, or for any County employee to solicit,
demand, accept, or agree to accept from another person, a gratuity or an
offer of employment in connection with any decision, approval,
disapproval, recommendation, or preparation of any part of a program
requirement or a purchase request, influencing the content of any
specification or procurement standard, rendering of advice, investigation,
auditing, or performing in any other advisory capacity in any proceeding
or application, request for ruling, determination, claim or controversy, or
other particular matter, subcontract, or to any solicitation or proposal
2. Kickbacks. It shall be unethical for any payment, gratuity, or offer of
employment to be made by or on behalf of a subcontractor under a
contract to the prime contractor or higher tier subcontractor or any person
associated therewith, as an inducement for the award of a subcontract or
3. The Clerk reserves the right to deny award or immediately suspend any
contract resulting from this proposal pending final determination of
charges of unethical business practices. At his sole discretion, the Clerk
may deny award or cancel the contract if it determines that unethical
business practices were involved.
N. The proposal indicates an estimate of the portfolio dollar volume. This number is
an estimate of the average volume and the County in no way guarantees this as
the minimum or maximum volume.
O. The obligations of Leon County under this RFP and any resulting award are
subject to the availability of funds lawfully appropriated for its purpose by the
State of Florida and/or the Board of County Commissioners of Leon County,
P. In the event that the proposer to whom the services are awarded does not
execute a contract within thirty (30) calendar days after the award of the
proposal, the Clerk may terminate the relationship and contract with the next
most qualified proposer or call for new proposals and may proceed to act
Q. Failure to comply with any of the terms and conditions of the RFP and/or a
subsequent contract will be cause for termination of said contract.
R. The contract may be terminated with cause by the investment manager by giving
written notice to the other party no later than ninety (90) calendar days before the
proposed termination date. This provision may be exercised only after the
contract has been in effect for three (3) calendar months. The Investment
manager shall be entitled to just and equable compensation for services
delivered prior to the termination date as set forth in the contract. Under no
circumstances will any damages be paid as a result of the termination of this
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contract. By submitting the proposal, the proposer certifies that they have fully
read and understood the Request for Proposal and has sufficient knowledge of
the scope, nature, quantity, and quality of the work to be performed, the detailed
requirements of the services to be provided and the conditions under which the
services are to be provided.
S. Either party may terminate the contract without cause by giving 180 days written
notice to the other party. The Clerk may terminate the contract with the
investment manager immediately, with cause. Cause will include, but is not
limited to, concern with financial integrity, regulatory irregularities, fraud, or failure
to perform service at satisfactory levels.
T. Public Entity’s Statement: A person or affiliate who has been placed on the
convicted vendor list following a conviction for a public entity crime may not
submit a bid on a contract to provide any goods or services to a public entity,
may not submit a bid on a contract with a public entity for the construction or
repair of a public building or public work, may not submit bids on leases of real
property Crime to a public entity, may not be awarded or perform work as a
contractor, subcontractor, or consultant under a contract with any public entity,
and may not transact business with any public entity in excess of the threshold
amount provided in Section 287.017, for CATEGORY TWO for a period of 36
months from the date of being placed on the convicted vendor list.
U. Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility
Matters: The prospective primary participant must certify to the best of its
knowledge and belief, it and its principals are not presently debarred, suspended,
proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from covered
transactions by any Federal department or agency and meet all other such
responsibility matters as contained on the attached certification form.
V. Unauthorized Alien(s): The Contractor agrees that unauthorized aliens shall not
be employed nor utilized in the performance of the requirements of this
solicitation. The County shall consider the employment or utilization of
unauthorized aliens a violation of Section 274A (e) of the Immigration and
Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1324a). Such violation shall be cause for unilateral
termination of this Agreement by the County. As part of the response to this
solicitation, please complete and submit the attached form “AFFIDAVIT
CERTIFICATION IMMIGRATION LAWS.”
W. The contractor shall maintain the appropriate insurance(s) required to perform
the respective operation(s) and activities proposed as required by State Statutes
and regulations, and meets County requirements. A certificate of insurance
evidencing such coverage must be submitted annually at the beginning of each
fiscal year. Each contractor shall have a minimum of $10,000,000 in professional
X. All proposals will become the property of Leon County when received and as
such, will be subject to Florida's Open Records law. At the time fixed for the
opening of proposals, the contents of the Proposal Form will be made public for
the information of vendors and other interested parties, who may be present
either in person or by representatives. Proposals will be on file and available for
public inspection in the office of the Clerk of the Court after the opening of the
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III. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
To be considered by the County, proposing investment advisors must:
A. Have a minimum of five years of experience in managing fixed income assets for
state and local governments.
B. Currently manage at least $1 billion of domestic fixed income assets for public
organizations. The firm’s own funds will not be counted as public funds.
C. Assign an account manager to the County who has a minimum of five years
experience in public funds investment management.
D. Be familiar with all applicable Florida statutes with regard to qualified investments
for public entities.
E. Be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the
Investment Advisor’s Act of 1940.
F. Earned unqualified audit opinions on the financial statements rendered by
external auditors for the past five years.
G. Have Errors & Omissions and Fiduciary Liability Insurance coverage of at least
H. Adhere to the Code of Professional and Ethical Standards as described by the
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute.
I. Must meet bid eligibility requirements regarding Public Entity Crimes.
J. Certify vendor eligibility through submission of a notarized sworn statement
regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters (Exhibit D).
K. Agree to promote the principles and practices of equal opportunity in employment
and agree to comply with regulations prohibiting discrimination and regulations
outlining affirmative action obligations (Exhibit E).
L. Submitting a proposal is acknowledgement of the County W/MBE policy (see
section heading “County Minority Business Enterprise” and Exhibit F).
IV. SCOPE OF SERVICES
Specific responsibilities of the selected investment manager will include, but not be
limited to the following:
A. Manage on a daily basis the County’s long term investment portfolio pursuant to the
specific, stated investment objectives. Place all orders for the purchase and sale of
securities, communicate settlement information to the County staff and assist in
coordinating security settlement.
B. The Investment Advisor will be required to provide monthly statements detailing the
"Long Term Core Investment" activity, earnings, the value of the investment portfolio,
a portfolio return, mark to market valuation, weighted average maturity, accrued
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interest by investment type, rating of investment by Standard's & Poor's and
C. These reports must be prepared in compliance with Governmental Accounting
Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 31 Accounting and Financial Reporting for
Certain Investments and for External Investment Pools and No. 40 Deposit and
Investment Risk Disclosures. The selected investment manager must maintain
accurate reports of investments including the diversity of investments and
compliance with applicable investment policies of the County and Florida Statutes.
D. The Leon County Clerk of Court Finance Department invests the Short Term (less
than I year) and bond proceeds. The selected investment advisor will provide
monthly reports combining both the internally managed portfolio and the externally
managed portfolio. These reports of investment composition will show the diversity of
investments and compliance with applicable investment policies of the County and
State of Florida Statutes.
E. The Investment Advisor will prepare and present Quarterly reports and an Annual
Investment report, including both the internal and externally managed portfolios, to
the County's Investment Committee and to the County Commission.
F. Reports provided by the Investment Advisor will include a description of market
conditions, investment strategies employed, performance, and suggested changes to
investment strategy. The performance numbers shall be presented as required by
the CFA Institute.
G. Based on these reports, suggest to staff reallocations of the internal portfolio assets
that may be necessary due to changing market conditions or the duration of the
externally managed portfolio.
H. Participate by conference call or in person in the periodic Investment Oversight
Committee meetings and Leon County Board of County Commission meetings.
I. Work with County staff in developing an annual cash flow projection in determining
the amount of Long Term Core Investments. Along with serving as a general
resource to County staff on financial market information, providing advice and
training regarding fixed income securities, investments, and treasury operations.
J. Serve as a general resource to the County staff for information, advice and training
regarding fixed income securities, investments, and Treasury operations.
K. Provide trade tickets to the Treasury Manager by email only.
L. Reports should be available online or delivered to the Treasury Manager:
a. By the 10th day of each month on investment activity, earnings and the value
of the investment portfolio.
b. By October 31 for investment risk disclosures pursuant to GASB 40 for
inclusion in the annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
V. REQUIRED INFORMATION
Responses may be deemed non-responsive and not be further considered for failing to submit a
response and/or documentation that addresses each and every paragraph cited in this RFP. The
County does not desire to receive marketing materials or items not requested within this
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document as a part of a Respondent’s submission. Information submitted beyond the
requirements of the RFP will not be considered.
Document pages shall be 8-1/2 inches by 11 inches in size or folded to such a size. Responses
are to be submitted in three ring binders or bound by binder clips only. No manner of plastic,
comb or wire bindings or staples are acceptable.
All submittals shall contain the following elements, clearly divided into the lettered sections and
presented in the order given. Only responses that comply will be considered to comprise a
COMPLETE response to this Request for Proposals.
A. Firm Background
1. Describe the organization, date founded and ownership of your firm. Has
the firm experienced a significant change in organizational structure,
ownership or management during the past three years and, if so, please
2. Describe any other business affiliations (e.g., subsidiaries, joint ventures,
“soft dollar” arrangements with brokers).
3. Identify the types of accounts primarily managed by your firm.
4. Is your firm a registered investment advisor under the Investment
Advisor’s Act of 1940? Please attach Part II of your most recent Form
5. Describe any U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), or any other regulatory
censure or litigation involving your firm during the past five (5) years.
6. Summarize fidelity bond coverage, errors and omissions, employee
dishonesty, fiduciary liability insurance, or other fiduciary coverage your
7. Include a copy of your firm’s most recent audited financial statements. Financial
statements submitted by an Applicant in connection with this pre-qualification
process shall not be subject to the disclosure under Section 119.071 F.S.
Note: Confidential and Proprietary Information. Trade secrets or proprietary
information submitted by an Applicant in connection with this pre-qualification
process shall not be subject to the disclosure under Chapter 119, F.S., only
whenever such information is specifically excluded in that Chapter or another
section of the Florida Statutes. However, pursuant to any statutory requirements,
Applicant must invoke the protections of any such section(s) prior to or upon
submission of the date or other materials to be protected and state the specific
statutory citation and the reasons why protection is necessary. Failure to abide
by this procedure may result in disclosure of the Applicant’s information.
8. Does your firm adhere to the Code of Professional and Ethical Standards
as described by the CFA Institute?
1. Describe your firm’s experience in managing investment portfolios for
public funds and governmental entities including any relevant experience
managing public funds.
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2. Summarize your assets under management (public funds only) over the
past five years by the following categories: short-term, medium-term and
long-term non-operating and non restrictive funds. Also, please separate
these asset totals by Government Institutions and Other Institutions.
3. What is your firm’s experience in developing investment policies and
portfolio management guidelines for government funds?
4. Does your firm act as a broker or as a primary dealer in securities or
receive any other form of additional compensation (including soft dollars)
for client transactions aside from the direct fee paid by clients?
5. Provide five client references (public references) including client name,
contact personnel, address, phone number, length of time you have
managed their assets and a list of any other related services provided
(e.g. cash flow analysis, etc.).
1. Provide a summary organizational chart showing your proposed project
team including analytical investment and research staff, other decision
support and back office support. Identify the primary contact and describe
the roles of each key person.
2. Provide detailed resumes for all key investment professionals who will be
directly responsible for the investment of the County’s funds. Include the
following information; title, number of years at your firm, total number of
years of experience with public funds investment management,
professional designations or licenses.
3. Describe your firm’s activities to keep portfolio managers informed of
developments relevant to the management of local government funds.
D. Investment Management Approach and Discipline
1. Describe your firm’s investment management philosophy.
2. Describe the investment program you are proposing for the County,
including the type of securities you propose to purchase, how the funds
will be managed after the initial investments are made and how you will
3. What are the primary strategies employed by your firm for adding value to
portfolios (e.g., market timing, credit research, etc.)?
4. Describe how investment ideas are originated and how researched, and
how the ultimate investment decision is made. Explain how investment
decisions are then implemented, monitored and evaluated.
5. Describe your firm’s research capabilities and resources. Does your firm
assign credit research to specialists for public funds accounts?
6. Provide your firm’s intermediate-term investment (0-3 year) performance
for the most recent five years. Please show annualized quarterly returns,
gross of all management fees. All performance numbers must be
presented in accordance with the CFA Institute.
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7. Briefly describe any additional feature, attributes or conditions, which
County should consider in selecting your firm.
E. Accounting and Reporting
1. Describe the investment accounting and reporting system used by your
firm and if it complies with CFA Institute standards.
2. Describe the frequency and format of reports that you would provide to
County (including the methods and formulas used to calculate yield and
performance). Sample reports should be included.
3. Will the Treasury Manager have online access to reports and may reports
be exported in excel software?
4. What performance benchmark would you suggest for the County’s
portfolios given the current investment policy?
1. Provide the fee schedule that would apply to this account for all
management and reporting services.
2. What expenses, not covered by the fees, are expected to be paid by the
3. Provide a sample of a proposed contract for your firm’s services.
VI. SELECTION PROCESS:
A. The Evaluation Committee will be established by the Clerk of Court. This will
be a five member committee made up of staff from the Clerk's Office, the Board,
and external representatives knowledgeable in investments.
B. The Evaluation Committee will review all proposals and select the top three
firms for consideration by the Investment Oversight Committee.
C. The Investment Oversight Committee will review the proposals from the top
three firms, and interview all of these finalists before making a recommendation.
D. The Investment Oversight Committee will make a recommendation to the Clerk
the Clerk of Court, ranking the firms in order of preference.
E. Proposals will be evaluated using the selection criteria as outlined in the chart
Experience, qualifications, technical ability of the firm and proposed management
team to perform services
30 Demonstration of capability to provide the desired management and reporting services
Up to 10 points depending on level of Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise
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35 Pricing-proposed investment management fee
A. County Minority Business Enterprise: The Clerk has adopted the concept of
the Board of County Commissioners' Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Each
proposer must make a reasonable effort to enlist qualified, certified, or certifiable
Women and Minority Business enterprise (W/MBE) participation. Firms
responding to this RFP are hereby made aware of the County’s W/MBE goals.
It is the policy of Leon County Board of County Commissioners to institute and
maintain an effective Minority/Women Business Enterprise Program. This
1. Eliminate any policies and/or procedural barriers that inhibit M/WBE
participation in the procurement process.
2. Establish goals designed to increase M/WBE utilization.
3. Provide increased levels of information and assistance available to M/WBEs.
4. Implement mechanisms and procedures for monitoring M/WBE compliance
by private contractors.
5. Each bidder is strongly encouraged to secure M/WBE participation through
purchase of those goods or services to be provided by others.
For additional information regarding Leon County's Minority, Women and Small Business
Enterprise Policy, or to obtain a listing of certified MWBE’s; please contact Iranetta
Burnett, MWSBE Director, at 2284 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308, by
telephone at (850) 606-1650; fax (850) 606-1651 or by e-mail email@example.com.
The listing of Leon County registered minority/women subcontractor is not
intended to be, nor should any such listing be construed to be, all inclusive. The
contractor is not precluded from soliciting participation from any source likely to
yield minority/women contractors.
B. Summary. All firms are requested to provide responses to the requirements
noted above, attach the requested documents, and return the package to the
Clerk of Court in accordance with the instructions.
Subsequent to the release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Investment management
Services, we received questions from interested proposers. The following questions were
received and our responses are recorded below. If there are page numbers cited in the
questions these will correlate to the pages in the RFP.
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1. Does the Clerk currently have a third-party custodian? Clerk of Court Response: Yes,
Wachovia Bank serves as Leon County BOCC 3rd party custodian.
2. And will that remain the same (at least initially) for the Investment Manager who is awarded
this RFP? Clerk of Court Response: Yes
3. Does the Clerk currently work with a Financial Advisor for asset management? Clerk of
Court Response: Currently approximately 1/3 of the portfolio (about $70 million) is
managed by the external investment manager and the remaining portfolio is
4. Is the Clerk working with a Financial Advisor for this RFP? Clerk of Court Response: No
5. May we have a copy of the Leon County External Investment Portfolio? Clerk of Court
Response: Yes, the November 2009 External Investment Portfolio Report and other
documents such as the 2009 Leon County Annual Investment Report (which includes
internal and external investment information) are posted as follows
at http://www.clerk.leon.fl.us/ under the heading General Information select Financial
information, select County Investment and you will be transferred to a page with
6. Would Leon County consider contractually absolving the manager from any liability
regarding the internally managed portfolio? Providing advice, but not actually serving as the
day-to-day fiduciary can pose significant liabilities for the manager. Clerk of Court
7. In order to better understand your short term portfolio, can you give some guidance as to
how it is currently invested (ie primarily in Govt pools or individual securities)? Clerk of
Court Response: For the composition of the short term portfolio please review the table at
the end of the policy included in the RFP for the type of investments for the internal and
external portfolio. Currently we are invested mainly in government pools including FLGIT, 2
pools in FMIT, SPIA, and in Evergreen Muni Money Market.
8. In regards to IV Scope of Services: items D and E, how will the Investment Manager
compile the information for the internally managed portfolio? Will staff supply the internally
managed portfolio information to the external managers in a consolidated format? Clerk of
Court Response: Please note the response to question 7 and the chart on page 23 of the
RFP where the types of investments allowed for the internal manager are included. We will
provide the balances for each of these government pools, money markets and CDs by
forwarding monthly statements to the vendor who will extract the ending balance and
upload into their system. We would like for each of these investments to be separately
reported in the computer generated report. At the current time this would be 4 separate
lines on the reports.
9. Can you provide the current fee schedule being charged by the incumbent(s)? Clerk of
Court Response: 0.10 % on total assets
10. When does the current contract period end Clerk of Court Response: May 31, 2010
11. The Exhibit F has been withdrawn and no longer is a required response for the bid,
rather you submission of a proposal is your acknowledgement of our MWBE policy.
Exhibit H should be labeled Exhibit G
12. PROVIDE MOST RECENT PLUS PRIOR 4 YEARS AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
13. We believe that the answers to most of your questions may be found by reviewing
the FY 2009 Annual Investment Report and the Leon County External Manager
Investment Report November 2009.
14. ORAL PRESENTATIONS RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 3, 2010
THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT IS
THE LEON COUNTY INVESTMENT POLICY
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Board of County Commissioners
Leon County, Florida
Policy No. 02 - 12
Title: Leon County Investment Policy
Date Adopted: September 2, 2008
Effective Date: September 2, 2008
Policy Superseded: Policy No. 02-12, revised January 11, 2005; Policy No. 02-12, adopted September 17,
It shall be the policy of the Board of County Commissioners of Leon County, Florida, that a revised Policy No. 02-
12, Leon County Investment Policy, is hereby adopted, to wit:
It is the policy of the Leon County Finance Division that:
The following Investment Policy, within the context of the County’s Investment Ordinance, is intended to set forth
the framework within which the County’s investment activities will be conducted. The Investment Policy
establishes parameters for investment activity, which may be further restricted by the Investment Oversight
Committee or by investment staff. The Investment Policy provides parameters to limit risk and ensure a broadly
diversified portfolio. Upon approval of changes to the Investment Policy, existing holdings which are inconsistent
with the requirements are exempt from the new policy. These holdings will be managed prudently, while efforts are
made to bring into compliance with new policy.
In establishing this Investment Policy, the Board of County Commissioners recognizes the traditional relationship
between risk and return and acknowledges that all investments whether they are for one day or years, involve a
variety of risks related to maturity, duration, credit, market and reinvestment risk.
When choosing between alternative investments, staff should structure the portfolio based on an understanding of
the variety of risks and basic principles of diversification on the structure of the portfolio. With adoption of this
Investment Policy, the County recognizes the goals of preservation of principal, maintaining adequate liquidity and
ultimately pursuing attractive total return in the portfolio management, in that order. Ongoing portfolio management
is to add economic value to a portfolio under circumstances prevailing during the management process. This may
necessitate the sale of securities at a loss in order to reduce portfolio risk (without a material reduction in return) or
to achieve a greater overall return (without assuming material amounts of additional risk) that could have been
obtained if the original position had been held.
The Board recognizes the value of external, as well as internal, management. External management is best
employed where greater knowledge and skills are required due to either the nature of the investment instruments, the
risks associated with longer duration, or the need to closely monitor credit considerations. Internal management is
best employed when risks are low, maturity considerations limited, and the ability for external management to
enhance yield is limited by low overall interest rates.
This policy applies to all funds held by the County in excess of those required to meet current expenses.
The goal of the investment program, to the extent feasible, should be:
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A. To ensure that all of the public funds in possession of the County are invested 100% of the time in either
interest-earning accounts or interest-bearing securities;
B. To produce investment income and price return (total return) at a level determined to be reasonable based
on market dynamics or appropriate benchmarks.
III. INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES
The primary objectives of all investment activities for the County should be safety of principal, maintenance of
adequate liquidity and finally, return maximization.
A. Safety of Principal-This is the foremost investment objective. Investment transactions should seek to keep
capital losses to a minimum, whether the result of security defaults or erosion of market value. This is best
insured by establishing minimum acceptable credit ratings, limiting the portfolio’s overall duration, setting
maximum exposures by sector, defining appropriate levels of diversification and authorized transactions
and limiting exceptions.
B. Maintenance of Adequate Liquidity-A portion of the County’s overall portfolio should be maintained very
liquid in order to meet operating, payroll and ongoing capital requirements. Maintaining a core level of
assets with the government pools such as the Treasury Special Purpose Investment Account (SPIA) or other
short-term entities is viewed as the best way of maintaining secure asset values with sound investment
practices. The remainder of the overall portfolio should be managed in such a manner that funds can be
liquidated in a reasonable amount of time, recognizing that there are other sources for day-to-day liquidity
and that this portfolio is primarily available for income generation within the constraints of this policy.
C. Return Maximization-Return is of least importance compared to the safety and liquidity objectives above.
Return maximization is to be guided by the predefined and acceptable levels of risk as defined in this
IV. STANDARDS OF PRUDENCE
The "prudent person" standard shall be applied in the management of the overall investment portfolio. The Clerk
and Finance Department employees performing the investment functions, acting as a "prudent person" in accordance
with established procedures and this policy and exercising due diligence, shall be relieved of personal responsibility
for an individual security's credit risk or market price changes, provided that appropriate monitoring efforts are
The "prudent person" standard is herewith understood to mean the following:
Investments shall be made with judgment and care, under circumstances then
prevailing, which persons of prudence, discretion and intelligence exercise in the
management of their own affairs, not for speculation, but for investment, considering
the probable safety of their capital as well as the probable income to be derived.
V. ETHICAL STANDARDS
Officers, employees and investment advisor vendors of the Clerk’s Office who are involved in the investment
process shall refrain from personal business activity that could conflict with State Statutes, County ordinances,
proper management of the investment portfolio or which could impair their ability to make impartial investment
decisions. Investment officials and employees, including members of the Investment Oversight Committee, shall
disclose any material financial interests in any investment firms, or financial institutions that conduct business with
the County and shall refrain from undertaking personal investment transactions with the same individual with whom
business is conducted on behalf of the County.
Limits of Liability - The County shall provide for the defense and indemnification of any Committee member who is
made a party to any suit or proceeding, other than by an action of the County, or against whom a claim is asserted,
by reason of their actions taken within the scope of their service as an appointed member of this committee. Such
indemnity shall extend to judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement of such claim suit, or proceeding,
including any appeal thereof. This protection shall extend only to members who have acted in good faith and in a
manner, which they reasonably believe to be in, or not opposed to, the best interest of the County.
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Responsibility for the investment program is vested with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Clerk hereby delegates
the day-to-day responsibility for the administration of the investment program to the Finance Director. The Finance
Director shall maintain an Investment Procedures and Internal Controls Manual based on this policy. No person
may engage in an investment transaction except as stated in the Internal Controls Section of this policy.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court, as part of their responsibility, will establish procedures to implement this policy and
VII. INVESTMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
The Board is responsible for setting guidelines for the investment of the portfolio through the adoption of this
Investment Policy. The Board recognizes that there is an expertise required both for setting the guidelines and the
review of performance, which may exceed the technical background of individual commissioners and has, therefore,
created the Investment Oversight Committee. This Committee is charged with the responsibility to review this
Policy on a regular basis and to recommend changes. The Clerk will provide the Committee with reports in
sufficient detail as may be requested by the Committee in order for them to review the performance of the portfolio.
The Committee will establish portfolio benchmarks in order to judge the performance of the portfolio with respect to
the market and other portfolios of similar size and limitations. The Committee will provide the Board a report as of
the close of the fiscal year recapping the performance of the portfolio and any outside managers. The Board or the
Committee may request additional meetings to discuss issues of concern or direction.
VIII. EXTERNAL INVESTMENT MANAGERS
The County may utilize external investment managers to assist with management of the portfolio. External
management may be employed in situations where, due to limitations in the areas of staff time or expertise or the
volume of securities available to the portfolio, such outside resources would be in a better position to overcome such
limitations. The securities purchased by the external management on behalf of the County, or held by the fund in
which the assets are invested, must be in compliance with the constraints identified by this policy with respect to
specific instruments, maturity, composition, credit, and diversification. The average duration of the funds managed
by any one external manager on behalf of the County as part of the portfolio shall not exceed 3 years.
External managers are selected through a competitive selection process (an RFP). In making this selection,
consideration will be given to past investment performance, fees, assets under management, experience of the firm
and the individuals managing portfolios of similar size, complexity and investment restrictions. External managers
will be evaluated and retained based upon their investment performance.
IX. SECURITY SELECTION PROCESS
Securities selected for purchase or sale should seek to provide the highest rate of return within all relevant
parameters considering current objectives, known needs of the portfolio and limitations of this policy. Whenever
practical, asset purchases and sales will be done through a competitive bid process, attempting to use as many as
three bids for each transaction and records of all bids will be kept a minimum of two years. For the external
manager, the process for selection of securities and broker firms will be exempt from this policy.
Overnight Repurchase Agreements and other transactions with maturities at the time of purchase of seven days or
less will be exempt from this requirement due to the short duration of the transaction and the inability to effectively
bid this on a nightly basis.
X. RISK DIVERSIFICATION AND PORTFOLIO COMPOSITION
The County recognizes that investment risks can result from issuer defaults, market price changes, changes in credit
ratings, reinvestment of principal and interest, or various technical complications leading to temporary non-liquidity.
Portfolio diversification and maturity limitations are employed as primary methods of controlling risk. Market value
shall be the basis for determining portfolio percentages as required for the portfolio.
A. Issuer and Credit Risk
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The structure of the portfolio is designed to minimize credit risk. The majority of the securities held will be
those of the highest available credit quality ratings. These would include government pools, U. S Government
(AAA) securities, and commercial paper, of only the highest applicable rating. Staff will notify the IOC at any
time holdings drop below the minimum credit ratings specified in this policy. The IOC will consider the market
environment and make recommendations to hold and continue to monitor the investments or liquidate the
To further limit the County’s risk against possible credit losses, a maximum of 3% of the total portfolio
managed by the County’s external manager may be held at any one time in all securities of any corporate entity,
inclusive of commercial paper, medium term notes, or corporate notes and bonds.
For purposes of this Policy, the top nationally-recognized credit rating agencies (NRSROs) for all credit-
sensitive securities are Moody’s Investor Services, Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Investor Services.
B. Maturity and Interest Rate Risk
To meet the day-to-day operating needs of the County and to provide the readily-available cash to meet
unforeseen temporary cash requirements, the portfolio shall maintain in liquid investments (defined as
repurchase agreements purchased under the terms of the County’s depository contract, open repurchase
agreements, negotiable certificates of deposit, banker’s acceptance, commercial paper, U S. Treasury direct and
agency obligations, all having a maturity of 90 days or less, and the Treasury Special Purpose Investment
Account) a minimum balance equal to one-twelfth of the then-current fiscal year’s budgeted operating
The range of duration for the County’s overall portfolio is defined as 0.5 years to 2.5 years. Unusual market or
economic conditions may mandate moving the portfolio outside of this range. The Investment Oversight
Committee will be convened and will approve any portfolio duration outside of the range specified above.
C. Market Volatility
By establishing maturity or duration limitations on the aggregate portfolio, the County acknowledges its
understanding that longer investments generally entail a greater potential for income returns, but at the risk of
increased price volatility. To further provide for capital protection, a volatility range is established wherein the
market value of the overall portfolio should be targeted to remain within a range of +/- 5% from the portfolio’s
par value. If the market value moves outside of this range, the Investment Oversight Committee shall be
convened and consulted. A decision shall be made and the County Administrator will be advised of the
magnitude of the deviation and the actions to move the portfolio back within the range.
D. Investment Maturity and Liquidity
To the extent possible, an attempt will be made to structure the investment portfolio consistent with expected
cash flow requirements. In no event will any security be purchased that has a final maturity or weighted
average life at the time of purchase exceeding 5 years.
While investment maturities will not exceed the expected cash flow requirements, they may be shorter.
Investments do not necessarily have to be made for the same length of time that the funds are available
following the basic investment principals listed in Section IX.
XI. INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE AND REPORTING
A quarterly investment report shall be prepared by the Finance Office and provided to the County Administrator and
the Investment Oversight Committee. The report shall include a breakdown of the portfolio by sector, maturity,
yield, as well as its overall performance during that period with sufficient detail for a comprehensive review of
investment activity and performance.
Annually, a recapitulation report will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners (“Board”), which shall
include securities in the portfolio by sector, book value, income earned, market value and yield. Performance
measurements shall be utilized which are appropriate to the maturity, risk characteristics, investment limitations and
size of the portfolio. At a minimum, portfolio performance shall be measured by comparing its year-to-date
earnings to an appropriate benchmark.
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The County Administrator shall be notified immediately of deviations from currently approved investment policies.
XII. THIRD-PARTY CUSTODIAL AGREEMENTS
The Clerk will execute a Third Party Custodial Safekeeping Agreement with a depository chartered by the United
States Government or the State of Florida. All securities purchased, and/or collateral obtained by the Clerk, shall be
properly designated as an asset of the County and held in an account separate and apart from other assets held by the
No withdrawal of such securities, in whole or in part, shall be made from safekeeping, except by authorized staff.
The Clerk will enter into a formal agreement with an institution of such size and expertise as is necessary to provide
the services needed to protect and secure the investment assets of the County.
Securities transactions between a broker-dealer and the custodian involving purchase or sale of
securities by transfer of money or securities must be made on a "delivery vs. payment" basis, if
applicable, to ensure that the custodian will have the security or money, as appropriate, in hand
at the conclusion of the transaction.
The Third-Party Custodial Safekeeping Agreement shall include letters of authority from the Clerk, details as to
responsibilities of each party, notification of security purchases, sales, delivery, repurchase agreements, wire
transfers, safekeeping and transactions costs, procedures in case of wire failure or other unforeseen mishaps,
including the liability of each party.
XIII. MASTER REPURCHASE AGREEMENT
The County will require all approved institutions and dealers transacting repurchase agreements to execute and
perform as stated in the Master Repurchase Agreement. All repurchase agreement transactions will adhere to
requirements of the Master Repurchase Agreement.
XIV. PERMISSABLE INVESTMENTS
The following are the guidelines for investments and limits on security issues, issuers, and maturities as established
by the Clerk (EXHIBIT A). The Clerk or the Clerk’s designee shall have the option to further restrict or increase
investment percentages from time to time based on market conditions. Any changes to the portfolio composition
guidelines must be in writing from the Clerk, directed to the appropriate parties. Matured investments of bond
proceeds or debt service funds of an amount equal to the next principal or interest payment may be temporarily
invested until paid. In the event that temporary investments of bond proceeds or debt service funds exceed portfolio
composition limits, the limit is waived.
A. The Local Government Surplus Trust Fund (SBA) and Treasury Special Purpose Investment Account
A maximum of 50% and 15% of the portfolio may be invested in the SBA and SPIA, respectively. This
maximum may on occasion be exceeded (Proceeds of bond sales or funds being collected for distribution
for the retirement of, or other exceptional events) for periods not exceeding 5 business days.
B. The Florida Local Government Investment Trust (FLGIT) and the Florida Municipal Investment Trust
(FMIvT). A maximum of 15% of the portfolio may be invested in each of FLGIT and the FMIvT.
C. Constant Net Asset Value Money Market Mutual Funds (U.S. Government Securities, Repurchase
Agreements, Commercial Paper and Bankers’ Acceptances)
1. Investments may be made in SEC qualified constant net asset value fixed income money market
mutual funds rated AAAm or AAAg comprised of only those investment instruments as authorized in
this Section XIV, Portfolio Composition, provided that such funds do not allow derivatives.
D. Non-Negotiable Interest Bearing Time Certificates of Deposit (CD’s)
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1. Investments may be made in non-negotiable interest-bearing time certificates of deposit or savings
accounts in banks organized under the laws of this state and/or in national banks organized under the
laws of the United States and doing business and situated in this state, provided that any such deposits
are secured by the Florida Security for Public Deposits Act, Chapter 280, Florida Statutes and provided
that the bank is not listed with any recognized credit watch information service.
2. A maximum of 30% of the portfolio may be invested in non-negotiable interest bearing time
certificates of deposit or savings accounts.
3. The maximum maturity on any certificate shall be no greater than two (2) years from the time of
purchase with the average maturity of all CD’s no greater than one (1) year.
E. Repurchase Agreements
1. Investments may be made in repurchase agreements comprised of only those investments as authorized
in Sections XIV. H, I, and J, and based on the requirements set forth in the Clerk’s Master Repurchase
a. All firms with whom the Clerk enters into repurchase agreements will have in place and executed
a Master Repurchase Agreement.
b. All repurchase agreements with a term longer than one (1) business day will have the collateral
held by a third party custodian.
c. The collateral held pursuant to a repurchase agreement shall have a maturity of less than five (5)
years and must have a mark-to-market value of 102 percent during the term of the repurchase
agreement. A maximum of 15% of the external portfolio may be invested in repurchase
agreements with the exception of one (1) business day agreements and overnight sweep
2. A maximum of 5% of the external portfolio may be invested with any one institution or dealer with the
exception of one (1) business day agreements.
3. The maximum length to maturity of any repurchase agreement is 60 days from the date of purchase.
F. Bankers' Acceptances
1. Investments may be made in bankers' acceptances which are inventory based and issued by a bank,
which has at the time of purchase, an unsecured, uninsured and un-guaranteed obligation rating of at
least "Prime-1" and "A" by Moody's and "A-1" and "A" by Standard & Poor’s.
2. A maximum of 15% of the external portfolio may be directly invested in bankers' acceptances at time
3. A maximum of 5% of the external portfolio may be invested with any one issuer.
4. The original maturity of the security must be 270 days or less.
G. Commercial Paper
1. Investments may be made in commercial paper of any United States company, which is rated at the
time of purchase, "Prime-1" by Moody's and "A-1" by Standard & Poor's (prime commercial paper).
2. A maximum of 20% of the external portfolio may be directly invested in prime commercial paper at
time of purchase.
3. A maximum of 5% of the external portfolio may be invested with any one issuer.
4. The maximum length to maturity for prime commercial paper shall be 270 days.
H. United States Government Securities
1. Investments may be made in negotiable direct obligations or obligations the principal and interest of
which are unconditionally guaranteed by the United States Government. Such securities will include,
but not be limited to, the following: Treasury and Cash Management Bills, State and Local
Government Series (SLGS), Notes, Bonds Treasury Strips, and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities
2. The external portfolio can be composed of up to 100% of these investments.
3. The maximum final maturity of any direct investment in all the various forms of direct government
guaranteed securities is five (5) years, except for the underlying securities of repurchase agreements.
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I. United States Federal Agencies (full faith and credit of the U.S. Government)
1. Investments may be made in bonds, debentures or notes issued or guaranteed by United States
Government agencies, provided such obligations are backed by the full faith and credit of the United
States Government. Such securities are limited to the following: Small Business Administration,
United States Department of Agriculture, United States Export-Import Bank, direct obligations or fully
guaranteed certificates of beneficial ownership, Farms Home Administration, Federal Financing Bank,
Federal Housing Administration Debentures, General Services Administration Participation
Certificates, United States Maritime Administration Guaranteed, Title XI Financing, New
Communities Debentures, United States Government guaranteed debentures, U. S. Public Housing
Notes and Bonds, U.S. Government guaranteed public housing notes and bonds, U. S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development Project notes and local authority bonds.
2. Agencies backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government may comprise 100% of the
3. A maximum of 20% of the external portfolio may be invested in each of the above listed Federal
4. A maximum final maturity for an investment in any United States Government agency security is five
J. Federal Instrumentalities (United States Government Agencies which are non-full faith and credit)
1. Investments may be made in bonds, debentures or notes issued or guaranteed by United States
Government sponsored agencies (Federal Instrumentalities) which are non-full faith and credit
agencies limited to the following: Federal Farm Credit Bank (FFCB), Federal Home Loan Bank or its
district banks (FHLB), Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), Federal Home Loan
Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) including participation certificates, Tennessee Valley Authority
2. A maximum of 45% of the external portfolio may be invested in Federal Instrumentalities.
3. A maximum of 15% of the external portfolio may be invested in any one issuer.
4. The maximum final maturity for an investment in any Federal Instrumentality is five (5) years.
K. Corporate Debt Securities
1. Investments may be made in notes, medium term notes, discount notes and variable-rate securities
issued by any corporation, provided that such instrument is rated A or better by at least two NRSROs,
at time of purchase.
2. All corporate transactions must be payable in U.S. dollars.
3. A maximum of 25% of the external portfolio may be invested in corporate fixed income securities.
4. A maximum of 3% of the external portfolio may be invested with any one issuer.
5. The maximum length to maturity for an investment fixed income security is five (5) years.
L. Municipal Bonds
1. Investments may be made in notes or bonds issued by governmental entities or territorial boundaries of
the United States, provided that such instrument is rated A or better by at least one NRSRO.
2. A maximum of 35% of the external portfolio may be invested in municipal securities at time of
3. A maximum of 3% of the external portfolio may be invested with any one issuer.
4. The maximum length to maturity for any municipal security is five (5) years.
M. Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS)
1. A maximum of 35% of the external portfolio may be invested in MBS securities at time of purchase.
2. Minimum credit rating for MBS securities must be at least AA- by at least two NRSRO, at the time of
3. Only agency-collateralized (FNMA, FHLMC and GNMA) MBS, including collateralized mortgage
obligations (CMOs) may be purchased.
4. The maximum external portfolio percentage for any one agency collateralized MBS/CMO pool is 5%.
5. Maximum expected average life at the time of purchase for any MBS security shall not exceed 5
N. Asset-Backed Securities (ABS)
1. A maximum of 5% of the external portfolio may be invested in ABS securities at time of purchase.
2. Minimum credit rating for ABS securities must be at least AA- by at least two NRSRO, at the time of
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3. The maximum external portfolio percentage for any one ABS transaction is 1.5%.
4. No more than 3% of the external portfolio may be allocated to any one subsector of the ABS market.
5. Maximum expected average life at the time of purchase for any ABS security shall not exceed 5 years.
O. Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS)
1. A maximum of 8% of the external portfolio may be invested in CMBS securities, at time of purchase.
2. Minimum credit rating for CMBS securities must be at least AA- by at least two NRSRO, at the time
3. Only agency-collateralized CMBS may be purchased.
4. The maximum external portfolio percentage for any one agency collateralized CMBS pool is 3%.
5. Maximum expected average life at the time of purchase for any CMBS security shall not exceed 5
XV. ADDITIONAL PORTFOLIO LIMITATIONS
A. The maximum combined portfolio allocation to MBS, CMBS and ABS securities is 45% at time of purchase.
B. The maximum combined portfolio allocation to corporate debt and municipal securities is 45% at time of
C. Portfolio securities may be purchased in either fixed or floating-rate form.
XVI. PROHIBITED INVESTMENTS
There shall be no investments in:
A. Securities of foreign issuers that are non-U.S. dollar denominated investments;
B. Private placements debt issues;
C. Commodities, futures or options contracts;
D. Short sales or margin transactions;
E. Limited partnerships;
F. Interest Only (IO) and Principal Only (PO) Mortgages;
G. Fixed income securities of the investment manager, including their parents or subsidiaries;
H. Any form of fixed income securities which would generally be considered derivatives, excluding
XVII. INTERNAL CONTROLS
The Treasury Manager shall establish and monitor a set of written internal controls designed to protect the
County's funds and ensure proper accounting and reporting of the securities transactions. Such internal
controls shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
A. All securities purchased or sold will be transferred only under the "deliver versus payment" (DVP) method
to insure that funds or securities are not released until all criteria relating to the specific transaction are met.
B. The Investment Officer or authorized Finance staff will accept, on behalf of and in the name of
Leon County, bank trust receipts or confirmations as evidence of actual delivery of the
obligations or securities in return for investment of funds.
C. Trust receipts or confirmations shall fully describe the various obligations or securities held. The
receipt or confirmation shall state that the investment is held in the name of Leon County.
D. The actual obligations or securities, whether in book-entry or physical form, on which trust
receipts or confirmations are issued, may be held by a third-party custodial bank and/or institution
or a designated correspondent bank which has a correspondent relationship to the Clerk's third-
E. Other internal controls such as:
1. Written documentation of telephone transactions.
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2. Adequate separation of duties.
3. Custodial safekeeping.
4. Supervisory control of employee actions and operations review.
5. Performance evaluations and reporting, interim and annual.
F. All daily investment activity is performed by the Investment Officer under supervision of the
G. Internal controls shall be reviewed by independent auditors engaged by the County as part of their
XVIII. INVESTMENT STRATEGIES
Within the constraints of this policy, the Clerk will be responsible for developing an investment strategy. This will
be discussed with members of the Investment Oversight Committee and will address changes in the duration of the
portfolio, the slope of the yield curve, spreads between various investment instruments, and actions by the Federal
Reserve Board or other federal agencies which might influence investment decisions.
The Clerk will solicit suggestions and comments from the Committee with respect to making strategic investment
decisions. In implementing these strategies, the Clerk will communicate with the external manager as to how they
are repositioning their portfolio and coordinate directions.
Generally, the dollars managed externally will be of longer duration and more sophisticated instruments therefore,
one of the tools the Clerk will use to implement their strategic decisions will be to increase or decrease the dollars
being managed. The Clerk will seek to implement investment strategies that will maximize long-term returns and
mitigate interest rate volatility. The resources and sophistication to actively manage the portfolio on a daily basis is
not available and the portfolio will not be involved in regular short term day trading activity. The portfolio will be
repositioned within a narrow band in terms of both maturity and security selection and only in unusual times will
major changes occur.
Article I. XIX. CONTINUING EDUCATION
The Clerk, Finance Director and other staff responsible for making investment decisions must annually complete 8
hours of continuing education in subjects or courses of study related to investment practices and products.
Article II. XX. POLICY REVIEW AND AMENDMENT
This policy shall be reviewed annually by the Investment Oversight Committee and any recommended changes will
be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for adoption.
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(a) LEON COUNTY INVESTMENT POLICY
IP Section 2.01 Sector Subsector Per Issuer Maturity/
Section Authorized Security Type Maximum Maximum Maximum WAL Limit Quality Minimum
XIV.A. IM Treasury Special Purpose 15% / 50% NA NA NA NA
Investment Account (SPIA)
Local Government Surplus Funds
XIV. B. IM FL Local Government Investment 15% each NA NA NA NA
Trust (FLGIT) or the FL Trust
Municipal Investment Trust
XIV. C. IM Constant Net Asset Value Money 100% NA NA NA SEC-qualified, must hold
Market Mutual Funds investments allowed by this
XIV. D. IM Non-Negotiable Interest Bearing 30% NA NA` 2-Year Mat; Public Dep. Act
Time Certificates of Deposit 1 Year Avg
XIV. E. EM Repurchase Agreements 15%, if NA 5.0% 60-Days Requires Master Repo
longer than 1- Agreement
XIV. F. EM Bankers’ Acceptances 15% NA 5.0% 270-Days A1/P1 by 2 NRSRO
XIV. G. EM Commercial Paper 20% No ABCP 5.0% 270-Days A1/P1 by 2 NRSRO
XIV. H. EM United States Government 100% NA NA 5-Year NA
XIV. I. EM United States Federal Agencies 100% NA 20.0% 5-Year NA
(full faith and credit) Maturity
XIV. J. EM Federal Instrumentalities (Non-full 45% NA 15.0% 5-Year NA
full faith and credit) Maturity
XIV. K. EM Corporate Debt Securities 25% NA 3.0% 5-Year A3/A- by 2 NRSRO
XIV. L. EM Municipal Bonds 35% NA 3.0% 5-Year A3/A- by 1 NRSRO
XIV. M. EM Mortgage-Backed Securities 35% Agency- 5.0% 5-Year Agency
(MBS), including CMOs only WAL
XIV. N. EM Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) 5% 3% 1.5% 5-Year Aa3/AA- by 2 NRSRO
XIV. O. EM Commercial Mortgage-Backed 8% Agency- 3.0% 5-Year Agency
Securities (CMBS) only WAL
EM=External Managers-limits apply to external portfolio
IM=Internal Management-limits apply to combined internal and external portfolios.
The maximum combined portfolio allocation to MBS, CMBS and ABS securities is 45% at time of purchase.
The maximum combined portfolio allocation to corporate debt and municipal securities is 45% at time of purchase.
Portfolio securities may be purchased in either fixed or floating-rate form.
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PROPOSAL RESPONSE COVER SHEET
This page is to be completed and included as the cover sheet for your response to the request
The Clerk of Court reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids in the best interests
of the County.
PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY:
CITY, STATE , ZIP CODE
This proposal contains all the information requested in the Request for Proposal,
including the following exhibits:
Exhibit A: Transmittal Letter and Warranty
Exhibit B: Proposal
Exhibit C Fee Schedule
Exhibit D: Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters
Exhibit E: Equal Opportunity Statement
Exhibit F: Minority and Women Business Enterprise Participation Plan
Exhibit G: Affidavit Certification Immigration Laws
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EXHIBIT A Continued
The undersigned person by his/her signature affixed hereon warrants that: (a) he/she is
an officer of the institution submitting the proposal; (b) he/she has fully read and
understands this PROPOSAL and has full knowledge of the scope, nature, quantity, and
quality of work to be performed; the detailed requirements of the services to be
provided, and the conditions under which the services are to be performed; and (c)
acknowledges that the institution has no objection to incorporating the Request for
PROPOSAL and our response to it as an attachment to the contract we may mutually
develop for the provision of investment management services.
Name (Print or Type)
Name of Institution
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And OTHER RESPONSIBILITY MATTERS
PRIMARY COVERED TRANSACTIONS
1. The prospective primary participant certifies to the best of its knowledge and belief, that it and its
a. Are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or
voluntarily excluded from covered transactions by any Federal department or agency;
b. Have not within a three-year period preceding this been convicted of or had a civil
judgement rendered against them for commission of fraud or a criminal offense in
connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public (Federal, State or
local) transaction or contract under a public transaction; violation of Federal or State
antitrust statues or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or
destruction of records, making false statements, or receiving stolen property;
c. Are not presently indicted for or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a
governmental entity (Federal, State or local) with commission of any of these offenses
enumerated in paragraph (1)(b) of this certification; and
d. Have not within a three-year period preceding this application/proposal had one or more
public transactions (Federal, State or local) terminated for cause or default.
2. Where the prospective primary participant is unable to certify to any of the statements in this
certification, such prospective participant shall attach an explanation to this proposal.
3. No subcontract will be issued for this project to any party, which is debarred or suspended from
eligibility to receive federally funded contracts.
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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATEMENT
1. The contractors and all subcontractors hereby agree to a commitment to the principles and
practices of equal opportunity in employment and to comply with the letter and spirit of
federal, state, and local laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination based on race, color,
religion, national region, sex, age, handicap, marital status, and political affiliation or belief.
2. The contractor agrees to comply with Executive Order 11246, as amended, and to comply
with specific affirmative action obligations contained therein.
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MINORITY AND WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (MWBE) PARTICIPATION PLAN FORM
All respondents, including MBEs and WBEs, shall either meet the aspirational target(s) or demonstrate
that a good faith effort was made to meet the aspirational target(s). The following list of the good faith
efforts criteria complies with Leon County=s Purchasing and Minority, Women, and Small Business
Enterprise Policy 96-1 which is used for determining whether a contractor has documented good faith
efforts. Through submission of the bid/proposal, the Respondent certifies, acknowledges and agrees that
the Participation and Good Faith Efforts herein designated are accurate and true, and that the individual
whose manual signature is on this submission is duly authorized on behalf of the respondent to make
For the purposes of MWBE participation on Leon County projects, the following definition applies:
Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE)@ are
firms certified by Leon County or the City of Tallahassee. Firms with MBE or WBE
certification by the State of Florida or other governmental organizations are not accepted by
DIRECTIONS: Each respondent must designate in Section 1 its level of MWBE participation. If the
aspirational targets are not met or exceeded, Section 2 must be completed. All Respondents are
to list subcontractor as appropriate in Sections 3 and 4.
Section 1 - Aspirational Target for M/WBE Participation The aspirational target for this project is:
Aspirational Targets for Professional Services
M/WBE Classification Aspirational Target(s)
Certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) 18% of the total anticipated contract value
Certified Women Business Enterprises (WBE) 9% of the total anticipated contract value
Please mark the correct statement that applies to your Minority and Women Business Enterprise
MBE and WBE Participation Level Points
1 The Respondent is a joint venture of two or more firms/individuals with a minimum 10
participation in the joint venture of at least 11% by certified MBE or WBE firms/individuals
and will meet or exceed both aspirational targets and has identified in the MWBE
participation plan the certified MBE and WBE firm(s) that it intends to use.
2 The Respondent certifies that they will meet or exceed both targets through subcontracting 8
to certified MBE and WBE firm(s) aspirational targets and has identified in the MWBE
participation plan the certified MBE and WBE firm(s) that it intends to use.
3 The Respondent certifies that they will meet at least 50% of both aspirational targets 6
through subcontracting to certified MBE and WBE firm(s) and has identified in the MWBE
participation plan the MBE and WBE firm(s) that it intends to use.
4 The Respondent has MBE and WBE participation of at least 20%, but less than 50% of 4
both aspirational targets and has identified in the MWBE participation plan the MBE and
WBE firm(s) it intends to use.
Section 2 - Good Faith Effort
Please check the appropriate box to designate those actions you have done as AGood Faith@ in
order to secure MWBE participation for this solicitation.
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5 The respondent advertised for participation by MBEs and/or WBEs in non-minority and
minority publications within the Market area, including a copy of the advertisement and proof
of the date(s) it appeared B or by sending correspondence, no less than ten (10) days prior to
the submission deadline, to all MWBEs referred to the respondent by the MWSBE Division
for the goods and services to be Subcontracted and/or Supplied.
6 The respondent can provide documentation that the bidding Prime Contractor provided ample
time for potential MBE and/or WBE subcontractors to respond to bid opportunities, including
a chart outlining the schedule/time frame used to obtain bids from MBE and WBE Vendors as
applicable to the aspirational Target.
7 The respondent contacted MBEs and/or WBEs who can provide services needed for the bid
8 The respondent can document follow-up telephone calls with potential MBE and/or WBE
9 The respondent contacted the MWSBE Division, no less than five (5) business days prior to
the Bid/RFP deadline, regarding problems with achieving the aspirational targets.
10 The respondent can demonstrate other Good Faith Efforts to meet the aspirational targets,
please indicate below:
11 The respondent is unable to provide a Good Faith Effort due to the structure of the firm.
Please identify the reason below. (For Example: A Non-For- Profit Organization)
LEON COUNTY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REQUEST SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION, AS EVIDENCE OF A GOOD FAITH
EFFORT, AT ANY TIME. FAILURE TO PROVIDE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION WHEN REQUESTED SHALL DEEM YOUR
BID/PROPOSAL AS NON-RESPONSIVE.
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Section 3 - Respondent=s Proposed MBE Participation. Respondent shall complete the following Table identifying
each certified MBE firm they intend to use on this project. Attach additional sheets as necessary.
MBE and WBE Intended Utilization
Firm=s Name Firm=s Location Firm=s Ethnic Total Dollar Type of
(Requires Leon County or Address Telephone Group Amount of Service to
City of Tallahassee MWBE (Must be in Leon, Number (B, A, H, MBE Provide
certification)1 Gadsden, Jefferson or N, F) Participation
Wakulla Counties, FL to
Minority Business Enterprise(s)
Certification B Attach and submit a copy of each MBE and WBE certification with the proposal.
Ethnic Group B Use of the following abbreviations: (a) MBE=s include: African American (B), Asian American (A),
Hispanic American (H) and Native American (N) owned firms; (b) WBEs include Non-Minority Female (F) owned firms.
Section 4 - Non-MWBE Subcontractors. Respondent shall complete the following Table identifying non-MBE=s or
WBE=s subcontractors it anticipates utilizing on the project.
Non-MBE and WBE Intended Utilization
Firm=s Name Firm=s Address Firm=s Total Dollar Type of Service
Phone # Amount to Provide
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Leon County will not intentionally award County contracts to any contractor who knowingly employs
unauthorized alien workers, constituting a violation of the provisions contained in 8 U.S.C. 1324 a (Section
274a(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act).
Leon County may consider employment by any Contractor of Unauthorized Aliens a violation of Section
274A(e) of the INA. Such violation by the Recipient of the employment provision contained in Section 274A(e)
of the INA shall be grounds for unilateral cancellation of the contract by the Clerk of Court. BIDDER
ATTESTS THAT THEY ARE FULLY COMPIANT WIL ALL APPLICABLE IMMIGRATION LAWS
(SPECIFICALLY THE 1986 IMMIGRATION ACT AND SUBSEQUENT AMENDMENT(S).
Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______day of _______________2009
Personally known _________________ __________________________________
OR produced identification__________ Notary Public Sate of_________________
_________________________________ My Commission Expires______________
(Type of identification)
Printed, Typed, or Stamped Commissioned Name of Notary
The signee of this Affidavit guarantees, as evidenced by this sworn affidavit required herein, the truth
and accuracy of this Affidavit to interrogatories hereinafter made.
LEON COUNTY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REQUEST SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION AS EVIDENCE
OF SERVICES PROVIDED AT ANY TIME
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