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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Lapsed Leases, Below Market Rates and Sweetheart Deals Give Corporations Breaks
Auction of MMS Knick-Knacks as Successor Agency Struggles with Its Acronym
Late Changes Tip Scales against Tough Regulation as Gray Areas Abound
Walruses and Seals, Non-Existent Equipment Lists and Other Fanciful References
Interior Itself Part of Problem; Broader Solutions Required
Deep Infrastructure Damage May Hinder Relief Efforts and Government Operations
Recreation Planner Resigns in Frustration After “Body Part” Incident in Ghost Town
NASA, HUD, EPA Produce Strong Plans While Justice and OMB Plans Disappoint
Crime and Accident Information Must Be Filtered Through D.C. Prior to Release
Conversion of Over 33,000 Jobs Would Return to Military Contract Levels of 2000
Agencies Continue to Cling to Internal Files Even in the Face of Litigation
Proposed Federal Standards Ignore EPA Guidelines and Bypass Peer Review
Documents Show Poaching, Policing, Pesticide and Financial Problems on Refuge
Reports to Congress, Brochures, “Fact Sheets” Tailored to Allay Industry Concerns
Corzine Denial of DEP Transparency Rules Creates Opportunity for Christie
Environmental Justice $ Limited to EPA Regional Offices in Bureaucratic Shuffle
Proposed PEER Openness Rules Being Studied for “Feasibility and Practicality”
Lawsuit Filed to Unearth Suppressed IG Report into Agency Misconduct
Staff Ordered to Cooperate with Inspector General but Not Other Investigators
Chronic Mismanagement Threatens Flooding and Sanitation Catastrophes