Filing a Complaint with the Enforcement Division
If you believe that a state, county or municipal employee has violated the conflict of interest or financial disclosure law, you can file a complaint with the Commission's Enforcement Division. All materials relating to a complaint are required by law to be kept confidential, as well as the name of the complainant. A complaint may be filed by telephone by speaking to an Intake Investigator, or in writing via U.S. mail, or electronically by email using the Commission's online complaint form.
Please note the following:
DO NOT file the same complaint more than once or use more than one of these methods to file the same complaint.
You will be notified when we have completed reviewing the matter.
If a complainant chooses to remain anonymous, we will not be able to contact him to follow up on his complaint.
The Enforcement Division will not return any materials submitted in support of complaints.
1. Call the Intake Investigator (617) 371-9500 or (888) 485-4766
Intake Investigators are generally available to take calls between noon and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If an investigator is not available to speak with you immediately, one will return your call within one business day.
2. File a Complaint in Writing via U.S. mail
To file a complaint via U.S. mail, please include all relevant facts and a specific concern. Include the name of the public employee/official about whom you are complaining, his/her position, and the specifics of your concern in as much detail as possible. Please mail your complaint to:
State Ethics Commission
One Ashburton Place, Room 619
Boston, MA 02108-1501
If you are sending documents or records with your complaint, please be sure to keep a copy for yourself.
3. File an Online Complaint
Disclaimer Notice about Sending or Receiving Information via Email
The Commission is required to maintain confidentiality with respect to its receipt and regarding its review of complaints, and is specifically required to keep confidential the identities of complainants. We urge anyone who wishes to file a complaint electronically to do so using his or her home computer. Use of a computer provided by an employer or others may not protect your, or the subject's, privacy. Your employer, for example, may have a right to access the emails and other electronic information sent on the employer's computers or network. The Ethics Commission will not be responsible for any breaches of confidentiality that occur in connection with information transmitted electronically or via email.
Please be advised that the Commission will not return any materials submitted in support of complaints.
File a Complaint Online
If you believe a public employee has violated the conflict of interest or financial disclosure law, you may file a complaint online using the form below. Please provide as much information as possible. You will need the latest version of Adobe Reader to be able to fill out the form. You can download the latest version at https://get.adobe.com/reader/.
When you have completed the form, click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the form. Your complaint form will then be attached to an email addressed to the Commission. Press "Send" to email the form to the State Ethics Commission. You should then receive an auto-reply message stating that your complaint was received.
Please Note: You must provide your name, address, telephone number and email address or your complaint will not be accepted. You must also update this information as long as your complaint is being reviewed. All further written communication with you will be sent to either the home address or email address you provided unless you notify us of a change of address.
Anonymous complaints will not be accepted electronically. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call, write or visit the Commission.
The Commission does not acknowledge online complaints by email. If you would like an acknowledgment, an oral acknowledgment will be provided. You will need to call the Enforcement Division at 617-371-9500 and provide your name, telephone number, email address, date you submitted the complaint online and the name of the person about whom you are complaining.
When the Enforcement Division has completed its review of your complaint, you will be informed of that fact. If the Ethics Commission publicly resolves any of the allegations in your complaint, you will receive a copy of that resolution.