The OIG serves the residents of Massachusetts, state and local governments, and those who work with the government. The Office investigates crimes involving public funds and identifies waste and abuse in government spending. Anyone may contact the Office to report suspected fraud, waste or abuse of taxpayer funds: you do not have to give your name. It is the Office's practice to maintain the names of all complainants in confidence. Public employees are subject to whistleblower protection per M.G.L. c. 12A, § 14(c). Because the Office conducts its work confidentially, complainants are not normally apprised of the progress of investigations or reviews and may not be informed about the disposition of an investigation or review.
Records of the Office are not public records. (M.G.L. c. 12A, § 13)
It is the general policy of the Office to neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation or review prior to the disposition of the matter by the Inspector General.