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.
In the past several years, we have witnessed the uncomfortable but indisputable undermining of federal whistleblower protections by the Executive Branch and members of Congress. Just as the administration intends, the very public flogging of whistleblowers by this administration and its cronies is rippling through the civil service and having a chilling effect on those who would like to report wrongdoing in their federal agencies. Read More »
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
The need to employ public sector reformers has not been more acute nor has the community of reformers/whistleblowers been so large.
Major issues with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), including a large backlog of cases, have rendered the Whistleblower Protection Act dead.
NOAA has informed its employees to avoid mentions of COVID-19 in publicly available documents as the hyper-political White House attempts to win reelection.
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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