Protecting Public Employee Whistleblowers
PEER has a long history of working with environmental, natural resource, and public health whistleblowers. We help public employees make informed decisions about how to protect their rights and their careers while revealing government wrong-doing and abuses.
PEER also works with clients on more effective and less costly alternatives to whistleblowing, because it is important to keep conscientious people inside public service. However, if your efforts to protect the environment have gotten you into trouble, we will use whistleblower and other laws to defend you in administrative or court proceedings.
Whistleblowers are an important line of defense against corruption and abuse by governments. We have spent over 25 years protecting the work of public servants and holding governments accountable. All of our services are pro bono, or without cost to you.
George Luber: Climate Change Whistleblower
Dr. George Luber, Ph.D., was the “go to” person across the entire federal government for all climate and public health questions, highly sought after for media appearances, and a lead author for national and international reports on the growing climate crisis. After the 2016 election, CDC leadership began dismantling its Climate Change & Public Health Program, rolling it into a larger unrelated branch studying asthma and indoor air pollution.
The Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) protects federal employees who make disclosures which the employee reasonably believes evidence (does not have to actually be true):
- Any violation of any law, rule, or regulation;
- Gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority; or
- A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.
NEWS FROM PEER
In light of the dangerous pattern of retaliation by the Trump Administration against those who report wrongdoing, it is more important than ever to preserve and reform federal whistleblower protections.
Trump’s response to the pandemic further shows a corrupt administration intent on disabling government, dismantling oversight, and purging those who disagree.
The case of Dr. Rick Bright concerning corruption in federal vaccine development should be Exhibit A for serious reform of the federal whistleblower system by the next Congress.
What makes whistleblowers finally blow the whistle? When their daily outrage at wrongdoing begins to outweigh their personal risk.
From the unfolding impeachment inquiry to court cases across the country, whistleblowers are a growing and critical force for keeping us a nation of laws. Blowing the whistle takes courage because these truth-tellers put a lot at risk, from their careers to their...
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