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.
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Zeros Out Park Maintenance Money and Forces Layoffs in Waste & Water Programs
Pursuit of Trivial Information Masks IG Lack of Oversight on Serious Matters
Woefully Lax EPA Corrosive Dust Standards Endanger Responders and Residents
“Significant Deficiencies” May Cost State $23 Million in “Unsupported” Expenses
Bashes Open Space Commitment He Touts to Win Federal Grants
Eco-Penalty Assessments Drop to All-Time Low: More Than Third Not Fined at All
Pre-Approval Engineering & Construction Done on U.S./Canada Crossing Expansion
Federal Office Stopped Cataloguing Discoveries, Tracking Loans or Notifying Tribes
U.S. Industrial Loss Burden 3 Times European Union and Gap Is Growing
State Should Repay Noncompliant Grants and Be Barred from Future Grants
Chevron Richmond Refinery Explosion Ignored in GOP Red Herring Oversight
State DEP Sitting on Report Detailing Fenimore Landfill Toxic Seepage into Streams
Two-Thirds of Leaking Underground Storage Tank Clean Up Work Left Undone
Plan to Armor Road Requires Director to Set Aside Conservation Rules
Astronomic 96% Compliance Boast False but Statistics Highlight Rising Dysfunction
Weak Contract Administration Encourages Fleet Violations and Abuses
No Officials Punished in 10-Year Building Spree Defacing Effigy Mounds Monument
Mastro Report Focus on DEP Role in Pressing Hoboken for Rockefeller Project
Volcanic All-Hands Meeting Results in Stalling Tactics Not Leadership Change
Administrator’s Jet-Fueled Climate Change Tour Only Produces Carbon Pollution