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.
Restoring Science, Protecting the Public: 43 Steps for the Next Presidential Term
To successfully emerge from the pandemic, we must rebuild not only the government’s scientific capacity but also the public’s trust in the government’s ability to provide reliable information and make decisions that protect our health and well-being. This series of memos provides concrete steps the next administration can take—without significant costs—to make government more effective, efficient, transparent, and accountable. These are principles of good government. Read More>>
Open access to public records is a critical part of ensuring government is held accountable.
These policies were mandated to protect the scientific community.
FOIA records include information on exemptions to disclosure, access rights, and destruction of public records.
NEWS FROM PEER
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Autocratic Power Grab In an obscure announcement on July 22nd about President Trump’s border wall obsession, the Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, stated that he was handing 66 acres managed by the Bureau of Land...
NOAA has informed its employees to avoid mentions of COVID-19 in publicly available documents as the hyper-political White House attempts to win reelection.
Tweet and Video Violate Ban on Propaganda and Grassroots Lobbying
The advice the government gets from its formal scientific advisors should be robust and independent, and the government should rely on the expertise of those advisors.
In the midst of a pandemic, corruption at the Department of Interior continues with slashed oil and gas royalties and fines on renewable energy companies.
Trump’s firing of the State Department’s Inspector General should send a shiver of fear down the spine of every oversight functionary left in Washington.
The new EPA plan to restrict science is subject to the interests of political appointees and is not based on exisitng scientific integrity standards.
PEER and Western Watersheds Project sued the Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, alleging that Bernhardt has used temporary appointees to lead the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management in violation of federal laws and the U.S. Constitution.
Trump’s response to the pandemic further shows a corrupt administration intent on disabling government, dismantling oversight, and purging those who disagree.
The case of Dr. Rick Bright concerning corruption in federal vaccine development should be Exhibit A for serious reform of the federal whistleblower system by the next Congress.
Interior Secretary Bernhardt ordered the Lincoln Memorial closed so that President Trump could give an interview on the current pandemic.
Trump conitnues war on watchdogs in latest firing of Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General for the intelligence community.
PEER submitted comments opposing the Commission on Environmental Quality’s proposal to undermine the nation’s foundational environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Post-Impeachment Drive to Root out Disloyal Officials Should Be Enjoined
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....
Unauthorized Official Okayed Trips Contrary to Statute
EPA would straight-jacket its quasi-independent appeals board by determining what it could hear and how it could rule
Despite Near Misses, Agency Claims Ignorance on Hydrogen Fluoride Risks
SES Shudders at Clueless Reorganizations and Parade of Temporary Leaders
Regional Administrator for New England Carries Heavy Baggage from Dow