Mission & History of the Inspector General

Created in 1981, the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General was the first statewide inspector general's office in the country. The Office of the Inspector General promotes good government by preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse in the expenditure of public funds and the use of public property through: 

  • conducting investigations, reviews and oversight
  • educating and training government employees and other stakeholders
  • improving integrity and transparency in government
  • enhancing efficiency and performance throughout government

The Office is committed to collaboration at all levels of government to achieve this mission for the Commonwealth.

Recent Investigation Outcomes

Some of the reviews and investigations conducted by the Office lead to judicial and administrative actions. Other matters lead to cost recovery for the Commonwealth or local cities and towns. For a brief summary of some of these cases please refer to our Recent Investigation Outcomes page. For a more comprehensive summary of our publicly available cases please see our Publications page.

Annual Reports

Every year the Office of the Inspector General responds to scores of complaints, initiates dozens of investigations and trains hundreds of government employees. While much of our work is confidential, our annual reports detail completed projects that can be made public. 

Our Annual Reports dating back to 1995 are available online. Older reports may be available by request please call (617) 727-9140 or send a written request. 

Office of the Inspector General 
Room 1311, One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

Contact the Office

You are welcome to contact the Office of the Inspector General to report fraud, waste, and abuse and to ask questions related to Chapter 30B, Chapter 40B or other matters pertaining to public funds expenditures.