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File a complaint with the State Ethics Commission

File a complaint with the Commission alleging that a state, county, or municipal employee has violated the conflict of interest or financial disclosure law

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A complaint may be filed online, by phone, by fax, by mail, or in person. All complaint materials are required by law to be kept confidential, including the name of the complainant.

The Commission will notify you when it has completed its review of your complaint. If the Commission publicly resolves any of the allegations in your complaint, you will receive a copy of the public finding or decision.

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.
  • If you file a complaint anonymously, we will not be able to contact you to follow up on your complaint or notify you when we have completed our review.
  • The Commission will not return any materials submitted in support of complaints. If you are sending documents or records with your complaint, please be sure to maintain your original copies.

How to file File a complaint with the State Ethics Commission

You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader available on your computer or mobile device to file a complaint through the fillable PDF form. When using a web browser other than Internet Explorer, please note that Acrobat Reader may not automatically open when you click the online form link, but may instead open in the browser. You may need to enable your browser extension to open Acrobat Reader to complete the form. When the form opens in Adobe Acrobat Reader, the data fields will have a red border. For information about opening the extension in your browser, please review these instructions.

When you complete the form, click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the form. A pop-up window will appear asking you to select the type of e-mail program you will use to submit the online form. After you select a program, click "OK" and an e-mail message will display with the Commission's e-mail address pre-populated in the address field. The completed form will be attached to an e-mail to be sent to the Commission.

After you click “Send,” you should then receive an auto-reply message stating that your complaint was received. If your completed form is not attached to an e-mail, please review these instructions.

Please note:  

  • You must provide your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address or your complaint will not be accepted. All written communication from the Commission will be sent to either your home address or to the e-mail address you provided. Please notify the Commission of any change of address while your complaint is being reviewed.  
  • Anonymous complaints will not be accepted electronically. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call, write, fax, or visit the Commission.

Disclaimer notice about sending or receiving information via e-mail

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 their home computer. The 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 e-mails and other electronic information sent on the employer's computers or network. The Commission will not be responsible for any breaches of confidentiality that occur in connection with information transmitted electronically or via e-mail

File a complaint online

File a complaint by calling the Intake Investigator at (617) 371-9500 or (888) 485-4766.

Intake Investigators are generally available to take calls between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If an investigator is not available to speak with you immediately, they will return your call within one business day.

Due to limited office occupancy, there may be delays in the processing of complaints received by fax as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

File a complaint via fax at (617) 723-4086.

Due to limited office occupancy, there may be delays in the processing of complaints received by mail as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

File a complaint by mail:

State Ethics Commission
Enforcement Division
One Ashburton Place, Room 619
Boston, MA 02108-1501

Please include all relevant facts and a specific concern, including the name of the public employee or official about whom you are complaining, his or her position, and the specifics of your concern.

If you are sending attachments with your complaint, please be sure to send us only copies and maintain your originals. Any materials submitted to the Commission cannot be returned.

Effective March 16, the Commission is temporarily not able to allow visitors to our office due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until further notice, complaints may not be made in-person at the Commission’s office but instead may be made remotely by online, phone, fax, or mail.

File a complaint by meeting with an Intake Investigator at the Commission's office located at:

State Ethics Commission
One Ashburton Place, Room 619
Boston, MA 02108-1501

To file a complaint in person, please call (617) 371-9500 to schedule an appointment with an Intake Investigator.

Intake Investigators are generally available between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to take complaints.

Contact for File a complaint with the State Ethics Commission

Address
1 Ashburton Place, 6th floor, Room 619, Boston, MA 02108
Fax
Legal Division (617) 723-5851
Enforcement Division (617) 723-4086
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