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.
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Federal Review of Safety Procedures Governing Observer Sea Deployments
EPA Let Vinyard Run out the Clock on Complaint without Determining Violation
Fewer Than 5% of National Park Units Restrict Sales of Disposable Water Bottles
State Pollution Permitting Standards Warped to Accommodate Corporate Agenda
Failed Politicized Anti-Federal Challenges Argue for Independent Attorney General
Lack of Surprise Inspections and Independent Review Targeted in Lawsuit
Review Asked for Overhead of Up to 50% in Open-Ended Reclamation Contracts
One-Third of Deep Ocean Stations Are “Dead”; Funding Woes May Preclude Fixes
NOAA Casts Blame but Cannot Find Cause for Massive Budgetary Check Kiting
FDA Wishful Strategy of Corporate Cooperation to Stem Growing Drug Resistance
Probe Commissioned to Plug Leaks and Root out Dissent on Arctic Offshore Drilling
Unilateral Environmental Disarmament Based on Myth of Universal Compliance
Last Minute Attempt to Rewrite Vinyard Résumé to Avoid Federal Debarment
Corporate Style Clashed with Anti-Spoils System Safeguards in Massachusetts
New Jersey Stopped Issuing Backlog Report Which Showed No Permit Backlog
Suit Seeks Release of Inspector General Review of Forest Service Serial Assaults
“Pave and Wave” Cleanups, Cancer Clusters Ignored and School Asbestos Worsened
Navistar Licensing EPA Diesel Emissions Technology That Does Not Work
Plans to Remove Discharge Limits, Strip Terms and Create One-Size-Fits-All Permits
Tried to Cook the Books and Silence Whistleblower While Shielding Contractor