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OIG Mission, Vision and Values

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is an independent agency that promotes openness and honesty in government through education, and identifies and addresses the misuse of public funds and public property.

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We are an independent oversight agency that promotes good government by preventing and detecting the misuse of public funds and public property. We conduct confidential investigations, improve transparency in government, help government run more effectively, and educate government employees and the public to help government operate efficiently and use public funds appropriately.


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We strive to enhance public confidence in government, ensuring accountability, and promoting the best interests of the people of the Commonwealth in the use of public funds and property.


Accountability and Excellence

To best serve all people of the Commonwealth, we remain independent, hold ourselves accountable to the highest ethical standards, and strive for excellence and impact in all of our work.

Collaboration and Internal Communication

Central to our success and effectiveness is a supportive, inclusive and flexible work environment that encourages and provides opportunities for collaboration, idea-sharing and open communication.


Safeguarding the confidentiality of our work, including confidential sources and privileged information, protects the integrity of the office, our mission and the work we perform.

Diversity and Inclusion

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all staff, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding working environment and in keeping with our mission. 

Improvement and Innovation

Our commitment to self-assessment, improvement and innovation ensures that we use effective and efficient approaches to detecting fraud, waste and abuse in the use of public funds and public property.

Independence and Objectivity

Our work is fact-based, independent, without bias or undue influence, and supported by sufficient and credible evidence in accordance with professional standards.

Integrity and Respect

Dedication to our mission requires and inspires us to demonstrate an inclusive and professional culture characterized by mutual respect and integrity in all that we do.

Outreach and External Communication

Fundamental to our success is engaging and informing stakeholders and the general public about our work, accomplishments and the resources we develop to improve the government’s use of public funds and property.

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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