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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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
OMB Claimed “100,000+” Submissions but Won’t Say What They Recommend
Task Force Viewed No Material, Produced No Notes or Draft Recommendations
Complaint Seeks to End Federal Reliance on Flawed 42-Year-Old Study
Petroleum Cleanup $ Misdirected Outside Spring-Sheds or to Low Priority Projects
Schools, Day-Care, Nursing Homes Lack Warning on Unsafe Drinking Water
Survey Shows Widespread Reports of Reprisal and Complaint Suppression
No Reauthorization Bill Introduced to Extend Oil Excise Tax for Cleanup Funds
His Lawyers Call Lawsuit for Studies Discounting Human Role “a Trap”
Collapse of Civil Service Court Risks Potential Personnel and Judicial Meltdowns
No Information on Anti-Microbial or Insect Repellant Garment Specifications
Plan Makes a Mockery of EPA Mission; Goals Undercut by Pruitt’s Actions
Call for National Review of Improper Park/Telecom Deals Cut Behind Closed Doors
Diverted to Pick Up Wife, Aunt, and Guests He Classified as “Technical Experts”
Curbs on Park Overcrowding Mandatory but Are a Politically Perilous Third Rail
Commercial Makeover of Historic Pavilion Merits Public Airing and Comment