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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Industry Pesticide Registration Data Hidden from Public and Outside Pruitt Plan
OMB Admits It Did Not Review Massive Public Input on How to “Fix” Government
Multiple Involuntary Moves Appear Designed to Force Targeted Managers to Retire
Premature Disclosure of New NPRA Estimates Led to Resignation in Ethics Protest
Disinformation Campaign against Outspoken Departing Employee Targeted
Retaining Controversial Stoughton Alternative Dooms the Entire Plan to Failure
Lawsuit Seeks Records Detailing Nation’s Largest Park Cellular Expansion
Legitimacy of Acting Directors of Parks, BLM, and Fish & Wildlife Remains in Doubt
For Immediate Release: Feb 22, 2018 Contact: Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337 Crew and Peer Sue Pruitt and EPA over Federal Records Law Violations Washington, DC —Scott Pruitt and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appear to be violating federal records laws by...
All Decisions by Acting Park Service, BLM, and Fish & Wildlife Heads Legally Void
From: Vox ““The problem at EPA right now is there is a chilling effect on enforcement,” Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, told E&E News." Read more . . . Read the PEER story
To Resolve Peer Suit, Feds Pledge Transparent Planning Open to All Parties
From: Courthouse News “Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Wednesday appointed as new National Park Service director the man who allowed the billionaire owner of the Washington Redskins to clear native trees on Park Service land." Read more . . . Read the PEER...
From: E&E Daily ““With the continuing enforcement abdication by EPA, citizens, states, and localities will have to take public health protection into their own hands,” said Jeff Ruch, Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility." Read more . . ....
SENATOR MARKEY HOSTS DISCUSSION WITH FORMER EPA OFFICIALS WHO DECRY ATTACKS ON SCIENCE, SYSTEMIC DEFUNDING, WILLFUL NEGLECT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AT EPA UNDER SCOTT PRUITT
From: Office of Senator Ed Markey “Led by Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, chairman of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, the panel questioned three former EPA employees about what the lawmakers see as willful neglect, staff intimidation and a lack of regulatory...
Unseen 2015 Analytic All-Hazard Assessment Designed to Inform Planners & Public
From: National Parks Traveler “Not long after he took office, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reminded his employees of their ethical obligations, and said "I intend to make holding one another accountable to the highest ethical standards a top priority." Has he?" Read...
From: Government Information Watch “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility is suing the Office of Management and Budget for the submissions made by the public in response to an executive order signed by President Trump in March and ensuing guidance from...
From: Government Executive “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility is suing the Office of Management and Budget for the submissions made by the public in response to an executive order signed by President Trump in March and ensuing guidance from OMB." Read...
Complaint Faults USGS for Shirking Duty to Preserve Invaluable Biological Heritage