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.
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NEWS FROM PEER
BLOG | Is Pendley Indispensable at BLM or Just Undetectable?
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.
PEERMail | “Advice and Consent” Is the Law
Secretary Bernhardt continues his carousel of illegal appointments with new de facto NPS Director Margaret Emerson
BLOG | Pendley Debacle Unmasks David Bernhardt’s Legal Charades
Judge rules WIlliam Pendley cannot serve as a de facto Director of the BLM despite the anemic arguments to the contrary by David Bernhardt.
BLOG | The Whistleblower Protection Act is Dead
Major issues with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), including a large backlog of cases, have rendered the Whistleblower Protection Act dead.
Comments on William Perry Pendley’s Unfitness to Lead the BLM
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.
BLOG | BLM Needs a Future Far Brighter Than Its Past
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.
PEERMail | The Post Office, the Environment and Government Services
The hobbling of the Post Office is yet another attempt to privatize and profit off of government services
BLOG | Trump’s Temporary Insanity
Trump’s latest attempt to avoid the Senate’s confirmation process is Lanny Erdos of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
BLOG | Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Autocratic Power Grab
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...
BLOG | Don’t Mention COVID-19 at NOAA
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.
Illegal Indirect Lobbying by Interior
Tweet and Video Violate Ban on Propaganda and Grassroots Lobbying
BLOG | 43 Steps for the Next Presidential Term
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.
BLOG | It’s Time to Take on Interior Department Corruption
In the midst of a pandemic, corruption at the Department of Interior continues with slashed oil and gas royalties and fines on renewable energy companies.
BLOG | New Age of Impunity: Trump’s Relentless Attack on Oversight
Trump’s firing of the State Department’s Inspector General should send a shiver of fear down the spine of every oversight functionary left in Washington.
BLOG | Opposing the EPA Plan to Restrict Science
The new EPA plan to restrict science is subject to the interests of political appointees and is not based on exisitng scientific integrity standards.
BLOG | There Is No “Trump Exemption” – That Is Why We Are Suing
PEER and Western Watersheds Project sued the Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, alleging that Bernhardt has used temporary appointees to lead the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management in violation of federal laws and the U.S. Constitution.
PEERMail | Lifting the Curtain on Corruption
Trump’s response to the pandemic further shows a corrupt administration intent on disabling government, dismantling oversight, and purging those who disagree.
BLOG | Dr. Bright’s COVID-19 Cronyism Case Is Tough to Crack
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.
BLOG: Sliming Lincoln’s Memorial
Interior Secretary Bernhardt ordered the Lincoln Memorial closed so that President Trump could give an interview on the current pandemic.
BLOG: Trump’s War on Watchdogs
Trump conitnues war on watchdogs in latest firing of Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General for the intelligence community.