2012 Salary Data from Open Checkbook

Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute filed this request with the Office of the Comptroller of Massachusetts.


From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

In Excel spreadsheet format, all 2012 salary data contained by Open Checkbook, including:

Employee Name, Secretariat, Department, Position, Union (if applicable), Annual Salary, Annual Earnings.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Tom Nash

From: Henriques, Caroline (OSC)

The most recent Payroll Report is provided at minimal cost of $5.00. Upon receipt of check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and attention to me.

The most recent state payroll report is on CD in Excel is available to be picked up or mailed. Please notify me which you prefer.

Descriptions of fields in the Report:

* Secretariat - the 8 Cabinet level departments reporting to the Governor who oversee certain designated Commonwealth departments
* Department Code - the 3 letter codes for the departments of the Commonwealth
* Department Name - Name of department employing Employee.
* Last Name; First Name, Middle Name - Employee's Last Name, First Name and Middle Initial.
* Job Title - Current Position Description for Employee, Human Resource or Department entered field.
* Previous Years Earnings - Total of Earnings to the Employee for prior calendar year.
* Earnings - Total of Earnings to the Employee for calendar year to date.
* Annual Rate - Calculated field based on and standard hours for current year for benefited employees.
Some will be displayed as $0. These are contract employees who have been paid in calendar 2012 and work intermittently, and do not have standard hours. Rather than display an incorrect value, no amount is shown.

Certain names have been deleted as victims of domestic violence in accordance with G.L. Ch 66 s 10 (d) as well as human service clients or residents earning nominal wages for rehabilitation services in accordance with G.L.Ch 4 s, 7(26) (c) and HIPPA restrictions. In addition this office has determined that under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) the work records of students (undergraduate or graduate) who work for the University or other higher education college WHILE A STUDENT, are protected from disclosure of their work information (title, salary, hours, name, dept). Therefore, students paid were excluded from the based upon FERPA.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Caroline Henriques
Public Information Requests
Office of the Comptroller
One Ashburton Place - 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-973-2618
Fax: 617-727-2163
Email: Caroline.henriques@osc.state.ma.us<mailto:Caroline.henriques@osc.state.ma.us>

From: MuckRock.com


Please send it as an email attachment. If that doesn't obviate the need for $5, please provide a cost breakdown of the $5 fee.


From: Henriques, Caroline (OSC)

The document is too large to email. The fee is $5.00 to cover the cost of the disc and the time it takes to burn the disc.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

From: Henriques, Caroline (OSC)