This page provides an alphabetical listing by keyword of branches of government, Constitutional offices, and the departments under them, and provides links to those with websites.

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  • Banks, Division of (DOB) - Oversees state-chartered banks and credit unions, as well as the supervision and licensing of the money service business, sales finance, and mortgage lending industries operating in Massachusetts.
  • Bar Counsel, Office of the (OBC) - Investigates and evaluates complaints against lawyers.
  • Bar Examiners, Board of (BBE) - Provides exams and character report services for bar admissions.
  • Bar Overseers, Board of (BBO) - Investigates and evaluates complaints against lawyers.
  • Barbers, Board of Registration of - Protects the public through regulation of barbering in the Commonwealth.
  • Barnstable County Sheriff's Office - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Barnstable County.
  • Bays Program, Massachusetts - Strives to protect and enhance the coastal health and heritage of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays.
  • BBE (Board of Bar Examiners) - Provides exams and character report services for bar admissions.
  • BBO (Board of Bar Overseers) - Investigates and evaluates complaints against lawyers.
  • BBRS (Board of Building Regulations and Standards) - Derives its authority to adopt regulations, administers provisions of the state building code, and operates various construction related programs.
  • BCDC (Bureau of Communicable Disease Control) - Strives to improve the quality of life of all Massachusetts residents through the elimination of communicable diseases.
  • BCSO (Bristol County Sheriff's Office) - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Bristol County.
  • BDC (Massachusetts Business Development Corporation) - Provides loans and investment capital to growing companies in New England.
  • Berkshire County Sheriff's Office - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Berkshire County.
  • Berkshire District Attorney - Covers all criminal prosecutions in Berkshire County from misdemeanors to major felonies such as rape and murder, and helps ensure the safety and well-being of all the residents of Berkshire County.
  • Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) - Manages comprehensive planning responsibilities which include land use, transportation, economic development, and environmental management. The Commission is required to study the problems, needs, and resources of the region and to make recommendations for physical, social, governmental, and economic improvements in the Berkshires.
  • BHE (Board of Higher Education) - Defines the mission of and coordinates the Commonwealth’s system of public higher education and its institutions.
  • Big Dig, Central Artery Tunnel Project  - The (CA/T) - Continues to be one of the largest, most complex, and technologically challenging highway project in the history of the United States, the Central Artery/Tunnel Project significantly reduced traffic congestion and improved mobility in one of America's oldest and most congested major cities.
  • Blind, Massachusetts Commission for the (MCB) - Provides the highest quality rehabilitation and social services leading to independence, and economic self-sufficiency through employment, and full community inclusion for the blind.
  • Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) - Provides exams and character report services for bar admissions.
  • Board of Bar Overseers (BBO) - Investigates and evaluates complaints against lawyers.
  • Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) - Derives its authority to adopt regulations, administers provisions of the state building code, and operates various construction related programs.
  • Board of Certification of Health Officers - Works to maintain a high level of professionalism among the Certified Health Officers by monitoring and enforcing its regulations and policies, amending its regulations as necessary, and reviewing practitioners' records to ensure fulfillment of continuing education requirements.
  • Board of Higher Education (BHE) - Defines the mission of and coordinates the Commonwealth’s system of public higher education and its institutions.
  • Board of Library Commissioner (MBLC) - Supports, improves, and promotes library services throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Board of Public Accountancy - Grants certificates and issues licenses to practice public accountancy to qualified individuals who comply with the requirements of the statute and rules.
  • Board of Registration in Allied Health - Evaluates the qualifications of applicants of occupational therapists and assistants, athletic trainers, physical therapists and assistants for licensure and grants licenses to those who qualify.
  • Board of Registration in Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions - Licenses candidates who meet the statutory and regulatory requirements developed for rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and educational psychologists.
  • Board of Registration in Dentistry - Licenses dentists and dental hygienists for practice in the Commonwealth, establishes rules, regulations, and policies governing the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene and dental assisting, and investigates complaints against licensed dental professionals.
  • Board of Registration in Medicine - Strives to ensure that only qualified physicians are licensed to practice in the Commonwealth, ensures that those physicians and health care institutions in which they practice provide to their patients a high standard of care, and supports an environment that maximizes the high quality of health care in Massachusetts.
  • Board of Registration in Nursing - Protects the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth through the fair and consistent application of the statutes and regulations governing nursing practice and nursing education.
  • Board of Registration in Optometry - Licenses all new optometrists, and renews licenses for established optometrists.
  • Board of Registration in Pharmacy - Promotes, preserves, and protects the public health, safety, and welfare by fostering the provision of quality pharmaceutical care to the citizens of Massachusetts through the regulation of the practice of pharmacy, the operation of pharmacies, and the distribution of prescription drugs in the public interest.
  • Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine - Protects the public by monitoring the practices of the veterinarians it licenses to ensure that they practice according to the laws of Massachusetts and the board's established standards and code of conduct.
  • Board of Registration of Architects - Protects the public through regulation of the practice and the title of Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in accordance with the statutes.
  • Board of Registration of Barbers - Protects the public through regulation of barbering in the Commonwealth.
  • Board of Registration of Chiropractors - Regulates the practice of chiropractic in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by establishing qualification requirements for licensure, reviewing applicant credentials, and administering licensing examinations.
  • Board of Registration of Cosmetologists - Regulates hairdressers, manicurists, and aestheticians.
  • Board of Registration of Dispensing Opticians - Protects the public through regulation of the dispensing opticians' practice by testing candidates and licensing those who are qualified, insuring compliance with state statutes and the board's rules and regulations, and conducting hearings and facilitating resolutions to consumer complaints.
  • Board of Registration of Electrologists - Protects the public through regulation of the electrologists' practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in accordance with the statutes and board regulations and code of conduct.
  • Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers - Oversees the licensing of the funeral services professionals and their apprentices through examination.
  • Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals - Works to maintain high standards of practice and protects public health, welfare, and the environment by establishing qualifications for licensure, administering a licensing exam, requiring that Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs) obtain continuing education, and investigating complaints against LSPs to ensure compliance with state laws, regulations and the board's own rules of professional conduct.
  • Board of Registration of Home Inspectors - Insures that licensed home inspectors have proper training and experience through an associates program and meet minimum inspection requirements in each inspection performed.
  • Board of Registration of Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities - Regulates and licenses all operators of these facilities to ensure that the highest safety standards are adhered to in the treatment and distribution of drinking water.
  • Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors - Establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifying standards for the engineering and land surveying professions.
  • Board of Registration of Psychologists - Licenses qualified individuals to practice psychology and regulates that practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as defined by the statutes and described in the regulations.
  • Board of Registration of Radio and Television Technicians- Protects the public through regulation of the trade and provides a source of assistance to consumers who have complaints about repairs or service.
  • Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers - Licenses qualified professional appraisers and insures the integrity of its licensees through fair and consistent enforcement of the statutes and regulations.
  • Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers & Salespersons - Regulates real estate schools and agent curriculum and contracts with a testing vendor to provide the agent examination. Seeks to protect consumers by exercising its authority to discipline those real estate agents who violate licensing laws and regulations.
  • Board of Registration of Social Work - Determines eligibility for admission to examinations for social work, conducts examinations and licenses qualified individuals at one of four levels of licensure (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Certified Social Worker, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Social Work Associate).
  • Board of Review - Hears appeals of unemployment insurance claims and other unemployment matters. This is the last step in the administrative appeals process before a case may be appealed to court.
  • Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters - Holds examinations and issues licenses for Journeyman and Master Plumbers, Journeyman and Master Gas Fitters, Liquified Petroleum Gas Installers, and Limited Liquified Petroleum Gas Installers. It registers apprentice Plumbers and Gas Fitters and issues corporate and partnership certificates for plumbing and gas. The board holds public hearings for code amendments, grants variances, approves dual and elevated gases and plumbing and gas products.
  • Boat, OHV, and Snowmobile Registration Bureau - Manages the registering of boats, recreation vehicles, and snowmobiles in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  • Boating Access, Office of Fishing and (FBA) - Provides boat and canoe access sites, shore fishing areas, and sport fishing piers at more than 250 locations on coastal waters, great ponds and rivers throughout Massachusetts.
  • Boston Municipal Court Department - Controls criminal jurisdiction of the Boston Municipal Court that includes most criminal offenses which do not require the imposition of a state prison sentence. If a prison sentence is mandated, the Court may conduct probable cause hearings to determine whether offenses will be bound over to the Superior Court. The Court has original jurisdiction over a number of serious felonies, concurrent with the Superior Court. The Court's civil jurisdiction includes contract and tort actions; cases remanded from the Superior Court; small claims, small claims jury appeals; mental health commitments; summary process; supplementary proceedings; unemployment compensation appeals; paternity and support actions; and domestic abuse actions. The Court also has jurisdiction for review of findings of the State Police Trial Board and equitable jurisdiction in lead poisoning prevention; landlord interference with quiet enjoyment or failure to provide utilities; family abuse prevention; sanitary code; and residential nuisances.
  • Bristol County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Bristol County.
  • Bristol District Attorney - Prosecutes defendant(s) for the crimes in which they have been accused.
  • Broadband Office, Commonwealth Public Safety - Directs all Commonwealth planning and implementation activities associated with FirstNet.
  • BRPC (Berkshire Regional Planning Commission) - Manages comprehensive planning responsibilities which include land use, transportation, economic development, and environmental management. The Commission is required to study the problems, needs, and resources of the region and to make recommendations for physical, social, governmental, and economic improvements in the Berkshires.
  • BSAS (Bureau of Substance Abuse Services) - Oversees the substance abuse and gambling prevention and treatment services in the Commonwealth.
  • BSB (Bureau of State Office Buildings) - Provides a safe, secure workplace for customers, assuring that all who enter can transit common areas without incident; and to efficiently maintain mechanical systems and buildings within budget, recognizing that they function as places of business, museums of art and history, and sites of public congregation.
  • BSH (Bureau of the State House) - Maintains and manages the State House within budget, recognizing that it functions as a place of business, museum of art and history, as well as a site for public congregation.
  • BSI (Bureau of Special Investigations) - Investigates complaints of fraudulent claims or wrongful receipt of payment or services from public assistance programs.
  • Building Regulations and Standards, Board of (BBRS) - Derives its authority to adopt regulations, administers provisions of the state building code, and operates various construction related programs.
  • Bureau of Boat, OHV, and Snowmobile Registration - Manages the registering of boats, recreation vehicles, and snowmobiles in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (BCDC) - Strives to improve the quality of life of all Massachusetts residents through the elimination of communicable diseases.
  • Bureau of Firearms Records (FRB) - Maintains a database of licenses issued and records of firearms sales by gun dealers, as well as private transfers of weapons.
  • Bureau of Health Care Access - Disseminates information to consumers relative to health insurance coverage and, specifically, access to affordable insurance products.
  • Bureau of Marine Theft - Combats intensifying theft problems involving vessels, motors, electronic devices, and other marine accessories.
  • Bureau of Public Health Facilities - Provides acute and chronic hospital medical care to individuals for whom community facilities are not available or access to health care is restricted.
  • Bureau of Public Protection and Advocacy - Uses investigation, litigation, and other advocacy to enforce laws protecting the Commonwealth.
  • Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) - Investigates complaints of fraudulent claims or wrongful receipt of payment or services from public assistance programs.
  • Bureau of State Office Buildings (BSB) - Provides a safe, secure workplace for customers, assuring that all who enter can transit common areas without incident; and to efficiently maintain mechanical systems and buildings within budget, recognizing that they function as places of business, museums of art and history, and sites of public congregation.
  • Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) - Oversees the substance abuse and gambling prevention and treatment services in the Commonwealth.
  • Bureau of the State House (BSH) - Maintains and manages the State House within budget, recognizing that it functions as a place of business, museum of art and history, as well as a site for public congregation.
  • Business and Labor Bureau - Works to aggressively root out and prosecute fraud and abuses in our state health care system, advocates on behalf of utility rate-payers, enforces laws governing our many public charities, and levels the playing field for workers and businesses, while promoting a healthy economy.
  • Business Development Corporation, Massachusetts (BDC) - Provides loans and investment capital to growing companies in New England.
  • Business Development, Massachusetts Office of (MOBD) - Facilitates access to resources and incentive programs that help businesses thrive in Massachusetts.
  • Business Regulation, Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and (OCABR) - Protects and empowers consumers through advocacy and education, and ensures a fair playing field for all Massachusetts businesses.

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  • Family Services, Office of Children, Youth and - Strives to meet the complex needs of families and children in a comprehensive and well-coordinated manner, with a particular goal of giving children across the Commonwealth the best possible opportunity for long-term success, regardless of their current circumstances.
  • FBA (Office of Fishing and Boating Access) - Provides boat and canoe access sites, shore fishing areas, and sport fishing piers at more than 250 locations on coastal waters, great ponds and rivers throughout Massachusetts.
  • Fire Services, Department of (DFS) - Provides the citizens of Massachusetts with the ability to create safer communities; assists and supports the fire service community in the protection of life and property; promotes firefighter safety; and provides a fire service leadership presence in order to direct policy and legislation on all fire related matters.
  • Firearms Records Bureau (FRB) - Maintains a database of licenses issued and records of firearms sales by gun dealers, as well as private transfers of weapons.
  • Firefighting Academy, Massachusetts (MFA) - Provides fire training to municipal fire service personnel at no cost to the cities and towns.
  • Fish and Game, Department of (DFG) - Works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources. Responsibilities include the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.
  • Fisheries and Wildlife, Division of (DFW) - Controls the conservation, restoration, protection, and management of fish and wildlife resources.
  • Fisheries, Division of Marine (DMF) - Manages the Commonwealth’s living marine resources resulting in sustainable fisheries.
  • Fishing and Boating Access, Office of (FBA) - Provides boat and canoe access sites, shore fishing areas, and sport fishing piers at more than 250 locations on coastal waters, great ponds and rivers throughout Massachusetts.
  • Forensic Services Group, State Police Crime Laboratory/ - Provides services such as DNA analysis, fingerprint identification, and chemical analysis of various types of evidence.
  • Funeral Directors and Embalmers, Board of Registration of - Oversees the licensing of the funeral services professionals and their apprentices through examination.
  • Franklin County Sheriff's Office - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Franklin County.
  • FRB (Firearms Records Bureau) - Maintains a database of licenses issued and records of firearms sales by gun dealers, as well as private transfers of weapons.

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  • ICHH (Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness) - Provides solutions to ongoing systemic barriers to ending homelessness.
  • IGO (Inspector General's Office) - Prevents and detects fraud, waste, and abuse in the expenditure of public funds.
  • Independent Living Program - Helps individuals maintain their independence while living in the community.
  • Indian Affairs, Massachusetts Commission on (MCIA) - Assists Native American individuals, tribes and organizations in their relationship with state and local government agencies and advises the Commonwealth in matters pertaining to Native Americans.
  • Industrial Accidents, Department of (DIA) - Oversees the Workers' Compensation system in Massachusetts.
  • Information Technology Audits - Evaluates the information technology infrastructure in state agencies through the review of information security, equipment management, the preparation of emergency plans in case of catastrophic system failure, and the effectiveness of IT systems to achieve the organization's goals or objectives.
  • Information Technology Division (ITD), now MassIT - Enables agencies to deliver high quality, efficient, and effective services to their customers by providing a range of centralized IT services; overseeing IT policies, standards and architecture; and promoting cross-agency collaboration and adoption of shared services.
  • Inspector General's Office (IGO) - Prevents and detects fraud, waste, and abuse in the expenditure of public funds.
  • Insurance, Division of (DOI) - Promotes a healthy, responsive, and willing marketplace for consumers who purchase insurance products.
  • Intellectual Disability, Governor's Commission on - Examines the quality and comprehensiveness of the Commonwealth's program of services designed to address the wide variety of needs of people with intellectual disability.
  • Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH) - Provides solutions to ongoing systemic barriers to ending homelessness.
  • International Trade and Investment, Massachusetts Office of (MOITI) - Promotes trade and investment with global partners in Massachusetts and around the world.
  • ITD (Information Technology Division), now MassIT - Enables agencies to deliver high quality, efficient, and effective services to their customers by providing a range of centralized IT services; overseeing IT policies, standards and architecture; and promoting cross-agency collaboration and adoption of shared services.

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  • Nantucket Planning & Economic Development Commission (NP&EDC) - Plans for the orderly and coordinated development and protection of the physical, social, and economic resources of the Island of Nantucket.
  • National Guard, Massachusetts - Maintains properly trained and equipped units available to support the Department of Defense under the direction of the President of the United States, and provides trained and disciplined forces for emergencies within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the direction of the Governor of Massachusetts.
  • Natural Resource Damages Assessment and Restoration (NRD) - Possesses authority under state and federal environmental statutes to bring an action or claim for liability against a responsible party for natural resource damages resulting from a release or threat of release of oil or hazardous substances within Massachusetts and its waters.
  • NMCOG (Northern Middlesex Council of Governments) - Provides comprehensive regional planning services to our member communities in such areas as transportation, economic development, land use, housing, geographic information system services, open space plans, and much more.
  • Norfolk County Sheriff's Office - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Norfolk County.
  • Norfolk District Attorney - Serves as the chief law enforcement officer for the cities and towns in Norfolk County.
  • Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG) - Provides comprehensive regional planning services to our member communities in such areas as transportation, economic development, land use, housing, geographic information system services, open space plans, and much more.
  • Northwestern (Franklin & Hampshire) District Attorney - Serves the people of Hampshire and Franklin counties and the town of Athol through rigorous, fair prosecutions, and prevention and intervention efforts.
  • NP&EDC (Nantucket Planning & Economic Development Commission) - Plans for the orderly and coordinated development and protection of the physical, social, and economic resources of the Island of Nantucket.
  • NRD (Natural Resource Damages Assessment and Restoration) - Possesses authority under state and federal environmental statutes to bring an action or claim for liability against a responsible party for natural resource damages resulting from a release or threat of release of oil or hazardous substances within Massachusetts and its waters.
  • Nursing, Board of Registration in - Protects the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth through the fair and consistent application of the statutes and regulations governing nursing practice and nursing education.

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  • SAC (State Athletic Commission) - Regulates all professional and amateur boxing, mixed martial arts, and unarmed combat events. All promoters, referees, judges, matchmakers, timekeepers, seconds, trainers, managers, and professional combatants must obtain a license from the Commission prior to engaging in their chosen field.
  • Safety Division, Highway (HSD) - Facilitates the development and implementation of policies, programs, and partnerships to help reduce fatalities, injuries, and economic losses from motor vehicle crashes on Massachusetts roadways.
  • Safety, Massachusetts Department of Public (DPS) - Ensures the safety of the public and instills confidence in the safety of each of the regulated disciplines.
  • School Accountability, Center for District and (CDSA) - Reviews school districts. Reports and materials related to the former Office of Educational Quality and Accountability  reviews are included.
  • School Building Authority, Massachusetts (MSBA) - Partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable, and cost-effective public school facilities.
  • SDO (Supplier Diversity Office) - Accesses certification services, technical assistance and business development services for minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses.
  • SDP (Supplier Diversity Program) - Promotes equality in the state contracting market by ensuring full participation of minority and women owned business enterprises in all areas of state contracting including construction, design, goods and services.
  • Seaport Advisory Council - Invests in projects that are focused on the commercial fishing industry, dredging, port marketing, public access, port institutional infrastructure and port physical infrastructure, safety and security, and short sea shipping.
  • Secondary Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and (ESE) - Educates and prepares all students (grades K - 12) for success in the world.
  • Secretary of State - Promotes the principal information resources for the state government of Massachusetts. Has information on elections and voting, doing business in Massachusetts, historical research, public records, registry of deeds as well as general information.
  • Secretary of the Commonwealth - Promotes the principal information resources for the state government of Massachusetts. Has information on elections and voting, doing business in Massachusetts, historical research, public records, registry of deeds as well as general information.
  • Securities Division - Protects the general public against fraud in the offers and sales of securities, unregistered or dishonest broker-dealers or investment advisory firms or their employees, and unregistered or fraudulent securities.
  • Senate - Consists of 40 members, with each Senator elected to represent a district consisting of approximately 159,000 people. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the Senate meets every 72 hours, year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation.
  • Service Alliance, Massachusetts (MSA) - Serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism. Invests in community-based organizations and institutions that rely upon volunteers and people engaged in service to meet their community’s needs.
  • SES (Statewide Employment Services) - Administers programs and provides supports to assist people with the most severe disabilities exercise their right to choose, obtain and retain meaningful community based employment with long term supports as needed and be paid in accordance with their skills and abilities.
  • Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) - Keeps a database of convicted sex offenders and classifies each offender so that the public may receive information about dangerous sex offenders who live or work in each community.
  • Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Governor's Council to Address - Addresses sexual and domestic violence issues to help prevent and reduce the incidence of sexual and domestic violence throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Sheriffs' Association, Massachusetts (MSA) - Promotes, advocates, and supports the Office of Sheriff in the counties of the Commonwealth. Facilitates cooperative relationships among the sheriffs' offices for the purpose of developing standardized training, providing governance over shared projects, discussing operational best practices, and evaluating research and data on matters of mutual interest and concern.
  • Sheriff's Department, Essex County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Essex County.
  • Sheriff's Department, Hampden County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Hampden County.
  • Sheriff's Department, Plymouth County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Plymouth County.
  • Sheriff's Department, Suffolk County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Suffolk County.
  • Sheriff's Office, Barnstable County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Barnstable County.
  • Sheriff's Office, Berkshire County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Berkshire County.
  • Sheriff's Office, Bristol County (BCSO) - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Bristol County.
  • Sheriff's Office, Dukes County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Dukes County.
  • Sheriff's Office, Franklin County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Franklin County.
  • Sheriff's Office, Hampshire County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Hampshire County.
  • Sheriff's Office, Middlesex - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Middlesex County.
  • Sheriff's Office, Norfolk County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Norfolk County.
  • Sheriff's Office, Worcester County - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Worcester County.
  • SHIP (Statewide Head Injury Program) - Identifies, cultivates, and develops resources and services for Massachusetts residents who have sustained an externally caused traumatic brain injury.
  • Siting Board (Energy Facilities Siting Board) - Licenses the construction of major energy infrastructure in Massachusetts, including large power plants, electric transmission lines, natural gas pipelines and natural gas storage facilities.
  • SJC (Supreme Judicial Court) - Hears appeals on a broad range of criminal and civil cases. It is the Commonwealth's highest appellate court.
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Office of (OSBE) - Creates policies and programs to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Small Business Development Center, Massachusetts (MSBDC) - Provides one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential services focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing, and operational analysis.
  • SMARTPlan (Deferred Compensation Plan) - Helps provides a more comfortable and secure financial future with this voluntary retirement savings program.
  • Snowmobile Registration Bureau, Boat, OHV, and - Manages the registering of boats, recreation vehicles, and snowmobiles in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Social Work, Board of Registration of - Determines eligibility for admission to examinations for social work, conducts examinations and licenses qualified individuals at one of four levels of licensure (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Certified Social Worker, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Social Work Associate).
  • Soldiers Home, Chelsea - Provides the highest quality of personal health care services to veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, located in Chelsea.
  • Soldiers Home, Holyoke - Provides the highest quality of personal health care services to veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, located in Holyoke.
  • SORB (Sex Offender Registry Board) - Keeps a database of convicted sex offenders and classifies each offender so that the public may receive information about dangerous sex offenders who live or work in each community.
  • Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) - Plans for the region's land use, transportation, economy and environment while assisting member cities and towns to operate more efficiently.
  • Special Investigations, Bureau of (BSI) - Investigates complaints of fraudulent claims or wrongful receipt of payment or services from public assistance programs.
  • SRC (State Racing Commission) - see Division of Racing - Prescribes rules, regulations, and conditions under which all horse races at horse racing meetings shall be conducted in the Commonwealth.SRMCB (State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board) - Oversees mosquito control in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • SRPEDD (Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District) - Plans for the region's land use, transportation, economy and environment while assisting member cities and towns to operate more efficiently.
  • Standards, Division of (DOS) - Enforces laws, rules, and regulations relating to weights and measures and the use of weighing and measuring devices in commercial transactions.
  • State 911 (Emergency Telecommunications Board, Statewide) - Coordinates, administrates, and implements Enhanced 9-1-1 services throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Provides E911 equipment, database, network and technical support services to Public Safety Answering Points that serve as a first point of reception of a 9-1-1 call.
  • State Athletic Commission (SAC) - Regulates all professional and amateur boxing, mixed martial arts, and unarmed combat events. All promoters, referees, judges, matchmakers, timekeepers, seconds, trainers, managers, and professional combatants must obtain a license from the Commission prior to engaging in their chosen field.
  • State Auditor, Office of the (OSA) - Ensures that every dollar given to state government is a dollar well spent and that state agencies and contractors follow the rules when spending public funds.
  • State Board of Retirement - Administers the Massachusetts state employees’ retirement system for state employees and certain other employees of public entities.
  • State Comptroller, Office of the (OSC) - Works with Commonwealth fiscal officers in over 150 departments to ensure the integrity, accountability and efficiency of the Commonwealth's fiscal operations, communicate accurate and timely financial information to decision makers within the executive, legislative and judicial branches, the financial community as well as the general public, and provide leadership and professional guidance in areas of fiscal policy within the Commonwealth and nationally.
  • State Ethics Commission - Fosters integrity in public service in state, county, and local government, promotes the public’s trust and confidence in that service, and prevents conflicts between private interests and public duties.
  • State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters, Board of - Holds examinations and issues licenses for Journeyman and Master Plumbers, Journeyman and Master Gas Fitters, Liquified Petroleum Gas Installers, and Limited Liquified Petroleum Gas Installers. It registers apprentice Plumbers and Gas Fitters and issues corporate and partnership certificates for plumbing and gas. The board holds public hearings for code amendments, grants variances, approves dual and elevated gases and plumbing and gas products.
  • State House, Bureau of (BSH) - Maintains and manages the State House within budget, recognizing that it functions as a place of business, museum of art and history, as well as a site for public congregation.
  • State House Tours - Guides visitors annually through the halls of the state's capitol building.
  • State Library of Massachusetts - Supports the research and information needs of government, libraries, and people through services and access to a comprehensive repository of state documents and other historical items.
  • State Lottery - Provides innovative and exciting lottery games to its players, while being a source of local aid revenue for the 351 cities and towns of the Commonwealth.
  • State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance - see Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) - Accesses certification services, technical assistance and business development services for minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses.
  • State Office Buildings, Bureau of (BSB) - Provides a safe, secure workplace for customers, assuring that all who enter can transit common areas without incident; and to efficiently maintain mechanical systems and buildings within budget, recognizing that they function as places of business, museums of art and history, and sites of public congregation.
  • State Parks and Recreation, Division of (MassParks) - Maintains one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and watersheds.
  • State Police, Department of - Partners with Federal, State and Local Public Safety, highway safety, forensic science support and information technology, Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence support, protection of civil rights, violent crime investigation and suppression, critical incident management support, and statewide communications and E-9-1-1 support.
  • State Police Crime Laboratory/Forensic Services Group - Provides services such as DNA analysis, fingerprint identification, and chemical analysis of various types of evidence.
  • State Publications and Regulations - Oversees the State Bookstore, Massachusetts Register, Central Register, Code of Massachusetts Regulations, Goods and Services Bulletin, and Acts and Resolves.
  • State Racing Commission (SRC) - see Division of Racing - Prescribes rules, regulations, and conditions under which all horse races at horse racing meetings shall be conducted in the Commonwealth.
  • State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board (SRMCB) - Oversees mosquito control in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • State Records Center - Provides secure and economical records storage and retrieval services to state agencies.
  • State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund - Oversees the administration and investment management of funds set aside by the state and participating municipalities to address the liability associated with other post-employment benefits (OPEB).
  • State Transportation Library - Provides reference, research, and bibliographic services in support of the transportation agencies of the Commonwealth.
  • State Universities and Colleges - Comprises campuses divided into community colleges and state universities including the University of Massachusetts.
  • Statewide Employment Services (SES) - Administers programs and provides supports to assist people with the most severe disabilities exercise their right to choose, obtain and retain meaningful community based employment with long term supports as needed and be paid in accordance with their skills and abilities.
  • Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) - Identifies, cultivates, and develops resources and services for Massachusetts residents who have sustained an externally caused traumatic brain injury.
  • Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of (BSAS) - Oversees the substance abuse and gambling prevention and treatment services in the Commonwealth.
  • Suffolk County Sheriff's Department - Protects residents from criminal offenders and provides public safety services and programs to the citizens of Suffolk County.
  • Suffolk District Attorney - Covers criminal prosecutions in Suffolk County. Other efforts include cyber safety programs, anti-bullying, help for senior citizens and elderly victims, and combating intimidation, guns, and gang related violence.
  • Superior Court Department - Obtains original jurisdiction in civil actions over $25,000, and in matters where equitable relief is sought. It also has original jurisdiction in actions involving labor disputes where injunctive relief is sought, and has exclusive authority to convene medical malpractice tribunals.
  • Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) - Accesses certification services, technical assistance and business development services for minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses.
  • Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) - Promotes equality in the state contracting market by ensuring full participation of minority and women owned business enterprises in all areas of state contracting including construction, design, goods and services.
  • Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) - Hears appeals on a broad range of criminal and civil cases. It is the Commonwealth's highest appellate court.

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  • Veterans' Services, Department of (DVS) - Provides information for veterans on state and federal benefits, cemeteries and honors, and women veterans, as well as education, housing, employment and training, and health and well-being for veterans.
  • Veterinary Medicine, Board of Registration in - Protects the public by monitoring the practices of the veterinarians it licenses to ensure that they practice according to the laws of Massachusetts and the board's established standards and code of conduct.
  • Victim Assistance, Massachusetts Office for (MOVA) - Upholds and advances the rights of crime victims. Provides innovative advocacy through outreach and education, policy and program development, direct service, legislative advocacy and grants management.
  • Vital Records, Registry of - Collects, processes, corrects, and issues copies of birth records, marriage records, divorce information, and death records that occur in Massachusetts.

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  • Youth and Family Services, Office of Children - Strives to meet the complex needs of families and children in a comprehensive and well-coordinated manner, with a particular goal of giving children across the Commonwealth the best possible opportunity for long-term success, regardless of their current circumstances.
  • Youth, Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) - Enhances and improves the ability of state agencies to provide services that protect and support the health and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in the schools and communities of Massachusetts, with a focus on suicide prevention and violence intervention policies regarding harassment and discrimination against LGBT youth.
  • Youth Services, Department of (DYS) - Protects the public and prevents crime by promoting positive change in the lives of youth committed to DYS custody.