Whistleblowers

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 serviceHowever, 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. 

Reforming Whistleblower Protection Laws 

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

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.

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