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>> 

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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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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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