Good Governance

PEER’s Action in Maintaining Good Governance

Public servants are under attack and government is failing in many of its basic functions. That is why PEER insists on high ethical standards, professionalism, accountability, and public participation in decisions that affect public health, the environment and natural resources.  We fight for the strengthening of laws affecting open records, whistleblower protections, data quality, and government oversight. We are fierce litigators of freedom of information laws and often call on Inspectors General to investigate government malfeasance.

We use all the tools available to us to help public employees right environmental wrongs and to build the foundation for lasting, positive change.

Freedom of Information Act

Open access to public records is a critical part of ensuring government is held accountable.

Administrative Rule-Making

Administrative Procedure Act is the foundational statute for the modern administrative state.

Scientific Integrity Policies by Agency

These policies were mandated to protect the scientific community.

Public Record Laws by State

FOIA records include information on exemptions to disclosure, access rights, and destruction of public records.

NEWS FROM PEER

BLOG: Trump’s War on Watchdogs

Donald Trump does not care for dogs, but he especially dislikes watchdogs. More than being the only modern President without a pet dog, his real phobia is about discordant messages emanating from the federal bureaucracy. Particularly irksome are critical reports from...

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It’s Time to Take on Interior Department Corruption

The COVID-19 crisis may have sent most of America into lockdown, but not the Interior Department, where the Trump administration practices no social or ethical distancing with the fossil fuel industry and other polluting friends.    As the virus sweeps the country,...

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BLOG: Opposing the EPA Plan to Restrict Science

The old saying that ignorance is bliss is no longer operative. In the current climate, ignorance can kill you. A prime example of embracing ignorance can be found in a pending EPA plan to restrict science originally pushed in Republican legislation sponsored by the...

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PEERMail: Lifting the Curtain on Corruption

President Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic further lifts the curtain on a corrupt administration intent on disabling government, dismantling oversight, and purging those who question their actions. Take the case of Dr. Rick Bright. Yesterday, Dr. Rick Bright,...

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BLOG: Dr. Bright’s COVID-19 Cronyism Case Is Tough to Crack

Dr. Rick Bright’s explosive revelations about systemic corporate corruption in federal vaccine development are detailed in a recent filing with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). This filing has two related but distinct elements: A complaint of retaliation for...

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BLOG: Sliming Lincoln’s Memorial

Last Sunday, Interior Secretary Bernhardt ordered the Lincoln Memorial closed to the public so that President Trump could “communicate an official message to the American people” via (what else?) Fox News on the current pandemic.In his curious “Record of...

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BLOG: Trump’s War on Watchdogs

Donald Trump does not care for dogs, but he especially dislikes watchdogs. More than being the only modern President without a pet dog, his real phobia is about discordant messages emanating from the federal bureaucracy. Particularly irksome are critical reports from...

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PEERMail: Civil Service Crucible

The House impeachment hearings showcased our federal civil service as a true national asset. Conscientious, knowledgeable, and highly professional, the witnesses exhibited the best qualities of public service, amidst pointed, sometimes vicious, political pushback....

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