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.

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.

NEWS FROM PEER

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SCOTT PRUITT IS SLOWLY STRANGLING THE EPA

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

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DIRECTOR APPOINTED DESPITE SCANDAL

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...

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SENATE DEMS STRATEGIZE AHEAD OF PRUITT HEARING

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 . . ....

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HOW STRONG IS THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT’S ETHICAL POLICY?

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...

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Government Reorganization in the Dark

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...

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