PEER’s Action in Maintaining Good Governance
Public servants are under attack and government is failing in many of its basic functions. That is why PEER insists on high ethical standards, professionalism, accountability, and public participation in decisions that affect public health, the environment and natural resources. We fight for the strengthening of laws affecting open records, whistleblower protections, data quality, and government oversight. We are fierce litigators of freedom of information laws and often call on Inspectors General to investigate government malfeasance.
We use all the tools available to us to help public employees right environmental wrongs and to build the foundation for lasting, positive change.
These policies were mandated to protect the scientific community.
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After four years of deceit under the Trump administration, it is time to restore confidence in government, including in the Senate confirmation process.
The Trump Administration went out of its way to violate “good government” laws and norms. Here’s a list of their worst “Dirty Dozen” abuses.
Following the Trump-inspired mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol, a growing parade of high-ranking Trump officials have resigned.
The new rule is an attempt to restrict EPA’s ability to rely on science when taking regulatory actions or making science-based decisions.
DOJ Claims Suit Against Illegal Trump Appointees Will Be Moot on January 20th
A guide for the Biden administration to avoid repeating the Trump administration’s unlawful actions in making appointments in the Interior Department.
Although these are unsettling days, poll after poll shows Americans care about issues such as the environment, climate change and clean water
Giving political appointees the ability to easily hire and fire civil servants in policy positions put the American people at risk by politicizing the civil service.
A federal court in Montana is now determining which of William Pendley actions as illegal head of the Bureau of Lang Management (BLM) should be invalidated.
Secretary Bernhardt continues his carousel of illegal appointments with new de facto NPS Director Margaret Emerson
Judge rules WIlliam Pendley cannot serve as a de facto Director of the BLM despite the anemic arguments to the contrary by David Bernhardt.
Major issues with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), including a large backlog of cases, have rendered the Whistleblower Protection Act dead.
Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director of PEER, comments to House Natural Resources Committee Democratic Roundtable on Pendley’s unfitness to lead the Bureau of Land Management.
Under the Trump administration, BLM has declined even further than in previous decades. We hope for a brighter future for BLM, which is so needed.
The hobbling of the Post Office is yet another attempt to privatize and profit off of government services
Trump’s latest attempt to avoid the Senate’s confirmation process is Lanny Erdos of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Autocratic Power Grab In an obscure announcement on July 22nd about President Trump’s border wall obsession, the Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, stated that he was handing 66 acres managed by the Bureau of Land...
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.
Tweet and Video Violate Ban on Propaganda and Grassroots Lobbying
The advice the government gets from its formal scientific advisors should be robust and independent, and the government should rely on the expertise of those advisors.