Public Inspection of SFIs

This describes the requirements to view an SFI filed with the Ethics Commission

Robert Milt, Government Affairs Officer

The Details of Public Inspection of SFIs

What you need for Public Inspection of SFIs

The Public Inspection Module of the Statements of Financial Interests (SFI) electronic filing system is available to view an SFI filed with the State Ethics Commission.  Using the Public Inspection Module, you will be able to view a list of all individuals required to file an SFI for a selected calendar year (CY), beginning with CY 2015.  You will also be able to search for a specific filer(s) by name or to search for all filers from a particular agency, and to request and obtain SFIs, as explained below. 

SFIs are public records and may be requested by the public.  The financial disclosure law provides that an SFI shall be available for public inspection and copying upon written request of any individual.  Such requests must be accompanied by proof of the requesting individual’s identity.  The law further requires the Commission to notify the filer of the name and affiliation, if any, of the individual who has viewed their SFI.  Our system is set up to satisfy these legal requirements.

Certain information such as a filer’s personal email address, primary residence and personal phone number have been redacted (i.e., removed from view) from the SFIs available for public inspection as required by the public records law.  To view a redacted copy of an SFI for any filer(s) beginning with CY 2015, you will be required to register online as a user and provide a picture ID.  To do so, click on the Request a Statement of Financial Interests (SFI) icon below and go to the Register ID tab located on the left side of the screen.  After your registration is accepted, you will receive an email containing a user ID, a temporary password and the link to the Public Inspection Module of the SFI system.  When you login, you will be able to view, print and/or save, a redacted copy of an SFI beginning with CY 2015 for any filer(s) you select.  Any filer(s) you select will receive a notice that you have viewed a copy of their redacted SFI. 

If you are a filer and your redacted SFI is viewed, you will receive notice automatically from the SFI system if you have an email address in the system.  If you do not have an email address in the system, you will receive notice by mail from the Commission.  Beginning with CY 2015, if you filed electronically, you can view the redacted copy of your SFI from your Filer Dashboard.  To do so, enter the SFI system and go to the SFI Filings section located on the left side of your Filer Dashboard.  Click on Completed Filings to view your redacted SFI.

For redacted copies of SFIs for years prior to CY 2015 or for copies of a large number of redacted SFIs, please contact Government Affairs Officer Robert Milt at (617) 371-9512 or at Robert.Milt@mass.gov.

How to view Public Inspection of SFIs

To view a redacted copy of an SFI for any filer(s) beginning with CY 2015, you will be required to register online as a user and provide a picture ID.  To do so, click on the Request a Statement of Financial Interests (SFI) icon below and go to the Register ID tab located on the left side of the screen.  After your registration is accepted, you will receive an email containing a user ID, a temporary password and the link to the Public Inspection Module of the SFI system.  When you login, you will be able to view, print and/or save, a redacted copy of an SFI beginning with CY 2015 for any filer(s) you select.  Any filer(s) you select will receive a notice that you have viewed a copy of their redacted SFI. 

Contact for Public Inspection of SFIs

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