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
In 2016, the Office:
- Investigated an allegation that an engineering firm failed to oversee construction of Plum Island’s water and sewer systems, leading to a $5.5 million settlement.
- Addressed over 775 complaints; handled approximately 1,500 Chapter 30B inquires and questions; and provided public procurement training to over 1,600 participants.
- Reviewed South Hadley Electric Light Department’s practices for accruing and paying out unused leave time, leading to a cost-savings of nearly $500,000.
- Examined promising substance use disorder interventions from across the country that MassHealth might replicate and that could lead to public healthcare cost-savings.
In 2015, the Office:
- Investigated numerous criminal and civil matters that led to criminal convictions, indictments, fines, settlements and restitution for the Commonwealth and its subdivisions.
- Conducted in-depth reviews in the areas of healthcare, transportation, public benefits programs, disability parking placards and contract administration.
- Addressed over 750 complaints; handled more than 1,300 Chapter 30B inquires and questions; and provided public procurement training to over 1,500 participants.
- Completed a comprehensive review of over 15,000 drug samples originally tested between 2002 and 2012 at the Forensic Drug Laboratory at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute.
2014 Highlights:• The Office investigated the spending practices of the then-president of the Westfield State University, Evan S. Dobelle.
• The Office’s Internal Special Audit Unit reviewed MassDOT’s fleet vehicle operations and identified areas for improvement.
• The Office addressed 650 complaints; handled 1,375 Chapter 30B inquires and questions; and provided public procurement training to over 1,300 participants.
• The Office's efforts resulted in settlements and the imposition of fines totaling $4 million;
• The Office identified $42.5 million in potential cost savings per year for the Commonwealth; and
• The Office’s largest investigation in 2013 involved the Forensic Drug Laboratory at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute (“Drug Lab”). The Office conducted a top-to-bottom review of the Drug Lab after one of the chemists admitted to tampering with drug evidence results, raising serious questions about the integrity of the testing performed at the Drug Lab.
• The Office's investigations resulted in recoveries, fines and penalties of $12,628,924;
• The Office identified potential cost savings of $233,548,146;
• The Office completed a review of an energy management services contract, which resulted in a settlement.
• A case that resulted in a former Methuen school business manager pleading guilty to embezzlement and larceny charges;
• A case resulting in a payment of $800,000 from Verizon New England to the Commonwealth;
• An investigation that led to a former non-profit employee being indicted for a kickback scheme.