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PEERMail: Bureaucratic High Crimes and Misdemeanors

PEERMail: Bureaucratic High Crimes and Misdemeanors

While the House wrestles with impeachment, executive branch agencies are daily flouting the law – usually under orders from political appointees – with little accountability and even less consequence. Consider some recent examples with which PEER is currently...

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PEERMail: Passing the Torch

PEERMail: Passing the Torch

Dear PEER Members, As all good things come to end, so too has my tenure as PEER Executive Director. It has been my distinct honor and almost unalloyed pleasure to have led PEER since 1997.  The next PEER-Mail you receive will come from our new Executive Director, Tim...

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PEERMail: At EPA Oversight Means Overlook

PEERMail: At EPA Oversight Means Overlook

In 1969, the Cuyahoga River famously caught fire with flames leaping five stories high billowing plumes of industrial waste. The incident galvanized the environmental movement, leading to enactment of a series of major laws, such as the Clean Water Act in 1972. These...

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PEERMail: Shutdown Lesson for Employees – Stop Being Pawns

PEERMail: Shutdown Lesson for Employees – Stop Being Pawns

This nightmarish government shutdown ended under a three-week truce as Trump threatens to do it again—for what would be the fourth government shutdown in two years. For federal employees caught in the middle of this ridiculous standoff, this hardly engenders warm and...

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PEERMail: The Shutdown’s Long-Term Costs

PEERMail: The Shutdown’s Long-Term Costs

Not only is this the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, it is also the dumbest. Incredibly, it is already the third shutdown during the relatively short but seemingly interminable Trump tenure. With the first round of missed paychecks, hardship is visited on...

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PEERMail: Closing Out Our 25th Year

PEERMail: Closing Out Our 25th Year

This year, PEER celebrated its 25th anniversary. While we are not a big organization, we have generated a track record of major accomplishments in that time. 2018 was no exception. During the past twelve months, for example, we – Exposed perhaps the largest case of...

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PEERMail: Clean Water Apocalypse

PEERMail: Clean Water Apocalypse

Each passing week, there is mounting competition for the most damaging environmental reversal proposed by the Trump administration. This week’s contestant may be the worst yet. In 2017, Trump ordered EPA to dramatically limit the scope of the 1972 Clean Water Act, one...

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PEERMail: It Came From Outer Space

PEERMail: It Came From Outer Space

PEER may have helped avert an existential threat to the planet. This time the source was not Donald Trump but something possibly even worse – Silicon Valley greed.

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PEERMail: We Need More Than Oversight

PEERMail: We Need More Than Oversight

Don’t get me wrong. For the past two years, congressional oversight has been synonymous with congressional overlook. Scrutiny enforced by subpoena would be a welcome change. If the past two years show anything, it’s that inside the Trump-sphere of alternative facts...

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