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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Agency Admits Lack of Evidence Supporting Alternative Climate Explanations
GAO Is Lackadaisical in Detecting and Reporting Illegal Acting Appointments
Agencies Ordered to Defer to State Hunting and Fishing Practices Whenever Possible
Nominee Has Anti-Wilderness, Non-Transparent, and Planning-Phobic Record
More Than Half of U.S. Rivers and Two-Thirds of Lakes and Reservoirs Impaired
Crude Attempt to Put Corporate Thumb on Scales for Health and Eco-Protection
EPA Asking Its Climate Experts if They Know of Any Alternative Science
Documents Depict Tax-Supported War Room Engaged in Character Assassination
Transparency Should Extend Beyond Calendars to Include Science
Reduced Public Access and Outdoor Recreation Tie Prompt Park Service “Concern”
Administrator Consolidated Decision-Making Marginalized Regional Offices
Even When Sued Agencies Deploy Stalling Tactics That Consume Years
Agency Asks Court for More Time to Develop “an Appropriate Search Methodology”
Civil Servant Punished for Doing His Job Amidst Shifting Politics and Leadership
Misstatements Masked Lack of Current Data or Consultation Except with Industry
Visitor Center and Restrooms Closed Two Days a Week at Big Tourist Destination
EPA Must Look for Any Scientific Study Supporting Pruitt’s Doubts on Human Role
Attorney General Asked to Review Pruitt’s Fundraising to Fend Off Official Inquiries
Washington State University Pays Researcher Targeted by Industry to Leave Campus
2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Changes Definition of “Senior Leadership”