Request Public Records from the OSA

The OSA is committed to transparency in government. Learn how to file a public records request with our office.
The OSA will respond to requests for public records within ten business days of receipt unless the Supervisor of Records grants an extension.

OSA Records Access Officer Michael P. Ruane

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How to request

This form is the best way to submit your public records requests to our office. Using this form helps you make the most informed request for records and helps us to provide the quickest and most accurate response to your request.

Submit a public records request here.

We encourage you to request public records using the online form above. This form helps you make the most informed request for records and helps us to provide the quickest and most accurate response to your request. However, we do accept oral requests via phone. Please note, you cannot appeal any response to an oral request to the Supervisor of Records.

Phone requests should be made at: (617) 727-6200, Extension 5530

We encourage you to request public records using the online form above. This form helps you make the most informed request for records and helps us to provide the quickest and most accurate response to your request. However, we do accept written requests via mail.

Written requests should be made to:

Michael P. Ruane
Assistant General Counsel
Office of the State Auditor, Suzanne M. Bump
McCormack Building
One Ashburton Place, Room 1819
Boston, MA  02108

We encourage you to request public records using the online form above. This form helps you make the most informed request for records and helps us to provide the quickest and most accurate response to your request. However, we do accept requests in person. Requests can be made at:

Office of the State Auditor, Suzanne M. Bump
McCormack Building
One Ashburton Place, Room 1819
Boston, MA 02108

More info

The OSA is committed to transparency in government.

These guidelines are intended to enable you to make an informed request to obtain public records in our office’s possession.

We strongly encourage members of the public to make records requests in writing (using the form available on this page) because doing so helps ensure that our Records Access Officers have a thorough understanding of the documents which you seek. You should be as specific as possible (including relevant date ranges and any other information that may help use to identify records) when describing the records you seek.

Please note that we can only address public records requests under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Public Records Law and not the federal government’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA applies to the federal government and public records that it maintains and does not apply to agencies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and records that they maintain.

Upon receipt of any request for public records, our Records Access Officer will review the request and advise you of any estimated and/or actual cost to comply with the request. Once we receive payment for the request, we will locate and consolidate the requested records and provide copies of them or an opportunity to view them.

We may withhold public records from disclosure in accordance with the Public Records Law but will notify you, in writing, of our decision to do so.

Records requests must be for items that already exist in writing or other format. We are not required to create new records in response to public records requests. Records that we maintain in the course of our business include:

If you make a request for records in writing, and receive an unfavorable response, you can file an appeal with the Supervisor of Public Records for the Secretary of the Commonwealth or seek judicial review in the Suffolk Superior Court.

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McCormick Building, One Ashburton Place, Room 1819, Boston, MA 02108

Address

McCormack Building, One Ashburton Place, Room 1819, Boston, MA 02108

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