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.

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>> 

 Read Restoring Science, Protecting the Public: 43 Steps for the Next Presidential Term

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.


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PEERMail: Bad Actors Abound

Although we expect the current Senate to cower as the President continues to erode that body’s Constitutional powers, we will continue to challenge these appointments

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BLOG: Bernhardt’s Bad Actors

Eight political appointees are leading most of the Department of the Interior bureaus without the required “advice and consent” of the Senate. President Trump’s tactic violates fundamental “checks and balances”. Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt is complicit in these violations.

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PEERMail: The Shutdown’s Long-Term Costs

Not only is this the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, it is also the dumbest. Incredibly, it is already the third shutdown during the relatively short but seemingly interminable Trump tenure. With the first round of missed paychecks, hardship is visited on...

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