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PEER in the News

Recent press clips from national publications that relate to PEER issues, campaigns and news releases.

Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Protect Employees Who Blow the Whistle on COVID Funds Misuse

“House and Senate Democrats reintroduced legislation on Thursday to bolster whistleblower protections for employees of business and entities that received federal coronavirus relief funds. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACORN 8 (a watchdog organization), Government Accountability Project, National Whistleblower Center, Project on Government Oversight, Public Citizen, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Whistleblowers...
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Legislation Introduced to Protect Whistleblowers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

“Today, Representatives Jackie Speier (CA-14) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced H.R. 846, The COVID-19 Whistleblower Protection Act to establish strong whistleblower protections for the employees of entities that receive federal COVID-19 relief funds. The multi-trillion-dollar COVID-19 relief effort is unprecedented in our nation’s history and Congress must ensure that robust...
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Labor and Environmental Groups Optimistic Biden’s EPA Pick Can Rebuild Trust

“Environmental groups and the largest union representing Environmental Protection Agency employees expressed optimism following a confirmation hearing Wednesday that President Biden’s pick to lead the EPA will bring back scientific integrity and trust at the agency. If confirmed, Regan “has a difficult road ahead” as he will be “taking charge of a captive agency, where...
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Biden shores up scientific integrity across US agencies

“US president Joe Biden has ordered a wide-ranging review of scientific integrity across government agencies, including looking for evidence of “improper political interference” in research. But the Biden administration has already come under scrutiny for its commitment to scientific integrity. The pressure group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility accused Tom Vilsack, Biden’s pick to head...
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US Forest Service mismanaged Tongass timber sales, report says

“An internal audit by the U.S. Forest Service said the federal agency mismanaged two Southeast Alaska timber sales, costing taxpayers around $2 million, failing to outline environmental restoration work, and potentially violating conflict-of-interest rules, among other findings. The report blames pressure to meet timber harvest targets. The August 2020 internal agency audit found problems with the oversight...
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Timber audit highlights problems on two Tongass sales

“An internal audit by the U.S. Forest Service says the federal agency mismanaged two timber sales. The report blames pressure to meet timber harvest targets. The result was it cost taxpayers around $2 million, failed to outline planned restoration work and potentially violated conflict of interest rules among other findings. The August 2020 internal agency audit...
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Vilsack faces senators this week and a new political reality

“For Tom Vilsack, being confirmed as the Biden administration’s agriculture secretary may prove the easiest part of the job ahead. One group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said Vilsack’s record on scientific integrity isn’t encouraging, a complaint not too different for those surrounding the Trump administration.” Read the PEER Story…
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Audit finds mismanaged Tongass timber contracts

“Pressure to meet timber sales goals contributed to mismanaged contracts on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and a $700,000 refund to a timber sale purchaser, a Forest Service audit found. The environmental groups Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) said the report they obtained reaffirms their complaints about the...
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Audit reveals Tongass timber sales mismanaged

“That’s according to a release from the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council which says the audit was obtained via a lawsuit filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a Freedom of Information request it filed. Sally Schlichting is a policy analyst for SEACC’s Tongass Forest Program. She said it looks like the valuation was done...
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Biden environmental challenge: Filling vacant scientist jobs

“The ranks of scientists who carry out environmental research, enforcement and other jobs fell in several agencies — sharply in some — under former President Donald Trump, federal data shows. Veteran staffers say many retired, quit or moved to other agencies amid pressure from an administration they regarded as hostile to science and beholden to...
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