To highlight our commitment to transparency in government, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) has launched several new web based tools for outreach, education and information. 

These tools are not intended to replace the channels currently in place for press and constituent communication. Press inquiries should be directed to Alex Zaroulis, (617) 727-2040, and questions or complaints regarding agency services should be directed to ContactANF@state.ma.us.   

Please note, that Records Retention Law of the Commonwealth requires the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) to preserve records created or received by a state employee. Pursuant to this retention requirement, comments posted or messages received via an official state agency page on a third-party website (such as an official agency profile on a social network) will be treated as state governmental records and may be permanently archived. Information that you submit voluntarily through social media sites associated with this agency where such information is publicly available, including your name, city or town, and the substance of anything that you post may be disseminated further by being posted online at this website or be publicly discussed by a member of the administration.

The policies below pertain only to A&F portal content; individual entities may have different policies.  Please be sure to review the privacy policies and terms of use for any social media accounts you access through a link on A&F as they may differ based on the entity hosting the content.

Blogs

Commonwealth Conversations is the official blog site for Commonwealth agencies. We encourage you to visit these blogs often and participate by subscribing to and commenting on our posts. Please review each particular blog's terms of comment to learn more about how this blog is and is not used by the particular agency. As of July 1, 2013, these blogs are hosted under the subdomain http://blog.mass.gov/ (collectively, the “Blogs”) and are hosted on WP Engine. WP Engine is also subject to website policies of that provider including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These policies apply to your use of the Blogs. The Blogs have their own privacy policy  comment policy, terms of use and linking policy. The Blogs use the Mass.Gov web accessibility statement and this social media policy.

Current Blogs:

http://blog.mass.gov/innovation/
http://blog.mass.gov/Engage: Massachusetts Recovery Blog
http://blog.mass.gov/Revenue, Taxes & Local Services: Department of Revenue Blog
State Library of Massachusetts

MassInnovation:

Launched in 2013, the Mass Innovation Blog is the official blog of the Government Innovation Officer (GIO) of the Commonwealth.  The blog encourages the sharing of ideas and collaboration to develop innovative ideas for the Commonwealth. We encourage you to visit this blog often and participate by subscribing to and commenting on our posts.  Please review the Mass Innovation Blog Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Terms of Comment Policy to learn more about how this blog is and is not used by the GIO.

Also note that this blog is hosted by WordPress, and is governed by a separate Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.  These policies apply to your use of MassInnovation Blog.  For questions, please contact the Commonwealth’s Innovation Office at MassInnov8@massmail.state.ma.us.

Engage:

Engage is the official blog of the Office of the Governor and is also used by the Massachusetts Recovery Office.  The purpose of this blog is to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between the public, the Office of the Governor, and other agencies and executive offices within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We encourage you to visit this blog often and participate by subscribing to and commenting on our posts.  

This blog is hosted by WordPress, and is governed by a separate Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 

Revenue, Taxes & Local Services:

This Blog is managed by the Department of Revenue and all policies related to the Department’s use of social media, can be found on the Department’s Site Policies webpage.

State Library of Massachusetts:

Launched in 2008, the State Library of Massachusetts’ blog is the official blog of the State Library.  The blog promotes the sharing of information about events, collections, and more at the State Library of Massachusetts.

Also note that this blog is hosted by eBlogger, and is governed by a separate Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.  These policies apply to your use of the State Library of Massachusetts’ Blog.  For questions, please contact Alix.Quan@state.ma.us. 


 

Your Third Party Social Media Accounts

Many pages on the A&F Portal and on the Blogs allow you to interact with your own third party social media accounts on an affirmative basis.  For example, from a post on a Blog, you may click a button to “like” a post on your Facebook™ account or to pin a post to your Pinterest™ account.  Clicking such a third party social media button on the A&F portal or on a Blog may prompt you to log into the relevant third party social media provider if you are not already logged in and should work in the same manner as if you logged in to the third party social media provider directly (e.g., it may set one or more persistent cookies as a result of logging in).  If you are already logged in, or once you are logged in, to the third party social media provider, the button will facilitate your interaction with that third party social media provider.  Moreover, when you add content from the A&F Portal or from a Blog to your third party social media account, it is possible that your public account information can be associated with the A&F Portal or Blog content that you are posting.  For example, if you retweet an A&F tweet (more information on A&F's Twitter™ account is below), someone could use Twitter to search for a keyword in the original tweet and, potentially, see your public account information.

In addition to your interaction with third party social media providers on an affirmative basis, we may use widgets that interact on a limited basis (e.g., by accessing a preexisting persistent cookie) with your third party social media provider solely by virtual of your viewing a web page on the A&F Portal or on the Blogs.  We will try to note in our privacy policy for the A&F Portal or for the Blogs when we are using such a third party social media widget.  For example, if we use a Facebook widget to display “Likes,” the widget may check with Facebook when you access the page to see if you have already “Liked” the page.  If you have, the “Like” button may present you with the option of un-“liking” the post.  Similarly, if we use a Twitter widget to display a Twitter feed with a “Follow” option, the widget may check with Twitter to determine if are already “following” that feed and present you with the option to un-“follow” the feed.  In these instances, it is technically possible for the third party social media provider to track your movements across the A&F Portal and across the Blogs.

These third party social media accounts will be governed by their own separate website policies to which you likely agreed when you signed up.  These website policies usually include a privacy policy and terms of service.  These policies apply to your use of the third party social media account.

 

Twitter™:

To view the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) Agency Twitter pages, please click on a link below:

Executive Office for Administration and Finance (@massANF)
Information Technology Division (@ITDcyberAlerts, @MassITjobs, @MassITD, @MassGIS)
Massachusetts Recovery (@massrecovery)
Operational Services Division (@Mass_OSD, @massSBPP)
Department of Revenue (@dormedia)
Group Insurance Commission (@GICWellMASS, @MassGIC)
Human Resources Division (@MACivilService, @masshresc)
Innovation Office (@MassInnov8)
State Library of Massachusetts (@mastatelibrary)
Health Policy Commission (@Mass_HPC)
 

Twitter is a free social networking site that allows users to send and read other users' short updates (up to 140 characters in length).  While people use Twitter in many different ways for both personal and professional reasons, as a matter of policy:

  • The Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) use of Twitter is intended as a means to provide announcements and updates on current events or notices to any other users who elect to watch or follow our Twitter feed. 
  • The above accounts are maintained and monitored by staff at the agency level.  Secretary Glen Shor usually appends his tweets with "GS" on the @massANF account.
  • We do not automatically follow people back who follow us, and we may or may not comment on user posts to the Twitter site.
  • Twitter is one of the many means we're using to connect residents with their government.  We'll review and update Twitter as much as possible as we monitor and maintain many other channels of feedback, outreach and engagement including feedback from public meetings, email, letters, phone calls, and in-person visits.
  • Unless you protect your updates, messages you post on Twitter are received by the Agency may be public records and may also be publicly available.  Because not everyone knows that we are on Twitter, we occasionally will search for ‘tweets’ that talk about our business and may contact the user of that account and let that user know about our account. We periodically perform these searches to enable us to more effectively listen to and engage with constituents.
  • The Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) will not respond via Twitter to press inquiries, resident questions or complaints, or other constituent matters.  For instructions on appropriate methods for contacting the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F), please visit the Contact Us page of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F), website.

Also note that this micro-blog is hosted by Twitter and is governed by Twitter’s separate website policies, including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.  These policies apply to your use of Twitter.  For questions, please contact ANF-DL - ANF Web Team@state.ma.us. 

 

CommonWiki 

Commonwiki is an enterprise wiki system (beta) powered by a tool called Confluence and presented by the Information Technology Division for use by employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  We encourage you to visit this wiki often and participate by reviewing and commenting on the content.  Please review Commonwiki, the enterprise wiki system (beta) powered by a tool called Confluence and presented by the Information Technology Division for use by employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its Terms of Use to learn more about how this wiki is and is not used by the Information Technology Division.

Please note, that Records Retention Law of the Commonwealth requires the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) to preserve records created or received by a state employee. Pursuant to this retention requirement, comments posted or messages received via an official state agency page on a third-party web-site (such as an official agency profile on a social network) will be treated as state governmental records and may be permanently archived. Information that you submit voluntarily through social media sites associated with this agency where such information is publically available, including your name, city or town, and the substance of anything that you post may be disseminated further by being posted online at this website or be publicly discussed by a member of the administration.

  

YouTube™

Executive Office for Administration & Finance (www.youtube.com/1eoanf)
State Library of Massachusetts (www.youtube.com/mastatelibrary)
Innovation, Office of the Government Innovation Officer (http://www.youtube.com/user/MassInnov8)

To both increase transparency and save money on video hosting and streaming, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) publishes all of our video content to our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/1eoanf and embeds the videos back on our site.

The Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) is responsible solely for the content uploaded to the official YouTube channel, and not for any related videos or linked videos linked from other users, nor for any advertising or other content contained on the YouTube website. 

Also note that this video share is hosted by YouTube and is governed by YouTube’s separate website policies, including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.  These policies apply to your use of YouTube.  For questions, please contact ANF Web Team@state.ma.us.
 

Flickr™

Executive Office for Administration & Finance (www.flickr.com/massanf)
State Library of Massachusetts (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mastatelibrary)

To both increase transparency and save money on photo hosting and streaming, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) may publish some of our photo content to our Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/massanf.

The Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) is responsible solely for the content uploaded to the official Flickr site, and not for any related videos or linked photos linked from other users, nor for any advertising or other content contained on the Flickr website. 

If you use any of our photos for another work, such as a story, blog post, printing, etc., we require that you contact us first at ANF WebTeam@state.ma.us.

Also note that this photo share is hosted by Flickr and is governed by Flickr’s separate website policies, including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.  These policies apply to your use of Flickr.  For questions, please contact ANF WebTeam@state.ma.us.

 

RSS Feeds

While you can always check Administration and Finance’s website for regular updates, it's often easier to have information come to you.  RSS lets you do just that.  When you subscribe to an RSS feed, updates come to you as we post them.

We offer RSS feeds on some of our content.  When this is available, you will see at the end of the content.   

If you're unfamiliar with RSS Feeds and how to use them, please click on the “Learn More” link.