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Guide for Members of Public Boards and Commissions: About the Office of the Inspector General

The Office of the Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (“Office”) is an independent agency charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse in the use of public funds and public property.

The Office investigates allegations of fraud, waste and abuse at all levels of government and identifies vulnerabilities and opportunities for improvement. Beyond investigations, the Office provides classes to public and private employees about compliance with Massachusetts laws that promote transparency, efficiency and accountability when governmental bodies make decisions, spend money and use public resources.

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Join the Office for Educational Opportunities

The Office offers professional training through its Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (“MCPPO”) program on a broad range of topics, including a class for public board and commission members. This class helps public board and commission members oversee their organizations and ensure that resources are used appropriately. 

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Connect with the Office

Please explore our website and watch our YouTube videos on a variety of topics, such as how to be an effective public board or commission member, fraud awareness and prevention in the workplace, public purchasing for supplies and services, and more.  

You can also follow the Office on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Main Office (617) 727-9140

Open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., M-F

We welcome non-English speakers to contact us. Confidential translation services are available in most languages. Let us know which language you will need when first contacting us.



One Ashburton Place
Room 1311
Boston, MA 02108
Date published: February 1, 2022