File a Complaint with the State Ethics Commission

File a complaint with the Commission's Enforcement Division alleging that a state, county or municipal employee has violated the conflict of interest or financial disclosure law. Complaints are kept confidential and can be filed anonymously.

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The Details of File a Complaint with the State Ethics Commission

What you need for File a Complaint with the State Ethics Commission

All materials relating to a complaint are required by law to be kept confidential, including the name of the person making the complaint.  A complaint may be filed by telephone by speaking to an Intake Investigator, or in writing via U.S. mail, or using the Commission's online complaint form.

The Commission's Enforcement Division 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.
  • You will be notified when we have completed reviewing the matter.
  • 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 copy. 

Using the online complaint form

You may file a complaint by using an online form.  The form is a fillable PDF so you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader available on your computer or mobile device.  The form is completed using Acrobat or Reader and the completed form will be attached to an email to be sent to the Commission once you click the Submit button at the bottom of the form.  You will therefore need to have your email account open. 

When using a web browser other than Internet Explorer, please note that Acrobat or Reader may not automatically open when you click the online form link.  You may need to enable your browser extension to open Acrobat Acrobat Reader in order to complete the form.  Please refer to these instructions if you need assistance.

The Commission will not accept anonymous online complaints.  If you wish to file an anonymous complaint, you may call the Commission at 617-371-9500 or send a letter to:  

State Ethics Commission
Attn:  Enforcement Division
1 Ashburton Place, Room 619
Boston, MA  02108

To proceed with filing an online complaint, use this online complaint form.

How to file File a Complaint with the State Ethics Commission

Call 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, one will return your call within one business day.

File a Complaint using the Online Form

Please Note:  

  • You must provide your name, address, telephone number and email 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 email address you provided to us.  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 or visit the Commission.
     
  • The Commission does not acknowledge receipt of online complaints by email.  

Disclaimer Notice about Sending or Receiving Information via Email

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 his or her home computer.  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 emails and other electronic information sent on the employer's computers or network.  The Ethics Commission will not be responsible for any breaches of confidentiality that occur in connection with information transmitted electronically or via email.

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 email program you will use to submit the online form, either a default email program on your computer, such as Microsoft Outlook, or a web email program, such as Gmail. Once you make your selection, click "ok" and an email message will display with the Commission's email address pre-populated in the address field.  Your online form should be attached to that email.  Press "Send" to email the form to the State Ethics Commission.  You should then receive an auto-reply message stating that your complaint was received.  If your completed form is not attached to an email, please review these instructions.

For further assistance with the online complaint form, contact Commission IT Specialist Tony Webb at 617-371-9526. 

File a complaint via U.S. mail:

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

Please include all relevant facts and a specific concern. Include the name of the public employee/official about whom you are complaining, his/her position, and the specifics of your concern in as much detail as possible. 

If you are sending documents or records with your complaint, please be sure to send us only copies and maintain your originals. Materials submitted to the Enforcement Division cannot be returned.

Meet with an Intake Investigator at the Ethics Commission's Offices located at:

One Ashburton Place, 6th Floor, Room 619
Boston, MA 02108

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.

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

Contact for File a Complaint with the State Ethics Commission

Address
One Ashburton Place, Room 619, Boston, MA 02108
Fax
(617) 723-4086
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