Report DALA 2018 Annual Report to the Legislature

We are pleased to submit this report, pursuant to § 4H of Chapter 7 of the General Laws. It is our intention to provide an overview of the operation of the Division of Administrative Law Appeals (“DALA”) and the results it achieved in 2018. In 2018, DALA continued to improve the quality of the service it provides to the people and state agencies of Massachusetts.

Binder organization: Division of Administrative Law Appeals
Date published: April 3, 2019

I. Executive Summary

DALA is responsible for providing individuals and state agencies with fair and impartial hearings in the most efficient manner possible.  The agency is made up of two independent units: the General Jurisdiction Unit (“GJU”) and the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (“BSEA”).  In 2018, the GJU continued to reduce its inventory of cases and the BSEA continued to provide the children, parents and school districts of Massachusetts with an efficient, impartial avenue to resolve their disputes.    At the same time, DALA personnel worked closely with staff of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (“DCAMM”) to locate affordable office space that would allow DALA to continue its service to the people of Massachusetts.

 On January 14, 2019, DALA began operating at 14 Summer Street, Malden.  The move was required because DALA’s lease was ending in June, 2019 and the increase in rental costs made remaining in Downtown Boston impractical.  With DCAMM’s assistance, DALA found suitable office space and moved to its new location six months early.  By moving early, DALA saved taxpayers $421,865 in moving expenses resulting in an 11.55 % discount in DALA’s 10 year rental rate.