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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Letter Protests the District’s Bad Process for Bad Legislation
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
False Accusations Imperil Work of FWS Employees
Employee Group asks Congress to Hold Nomination
PEER Asks Inspector General to Reject David Vela as Deputy Director of Operations
Former Oil and Gas Lobbyist Sets New Low Bar for Regulatory Capture
Inspector General Asked to Include 13-Tower Grand Teton Plan in Ongoing Review
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.
Former Executive Had Hand in Lifting GMO and Pesticide Bans in Refuges
Agency Stops Posting Performance Data and Hides Basic Programmatic Information
Confirmation for Appointee Subverting Senate’s Advice and Consent Power
Moving from National Training Academy to Shorter Courses at Non-NPS Facilities
As disturbing Trump appointees go, Scott Pruitt at EPA is hard to top. Well, somebody else who has that potential is awaiting confirmation – David Bernhardt as Secretary of Interior.
U.S. Special Counsel Asked to Look at EPA Press Office Hatch Act Violations
Claims Progress in Stemming “Avalanche of Ethical Misconduct” across All Bureaus
BLM Alaska Downsizing Reduces Both Staff and Oil Company Reimbursements
Trump Agencies Purging Dissenting Information from the Administrative Record
Lawsuit Induced Wheeler to Make a New Records Policy and Transparency Vow
Staff Ordered to Perform Nonemergency Work to Serve Special Interests
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...