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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.
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Bush-Era Surgeon General Critiques Trump’s Firing of Successor

April 27, 2017 Last Friday’s dismissal of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy by the Trump administration halfway through his term brought a letter of protest from a predecessor. Richard Carmona, who held the job under President George W. Bush from 2002-2006, published a letter to the editor in Thursday’s Washington Post complaining the office...

House Oversight Members Press for Evidence on Flynn’s Fees from Russia

April 27, 2017 The refusal of the Trump administration to respond to demands for documents relating to the Russian ties of fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has prompted lawmakers from both parties to exert more pressure on the White House, the Army, the FBI, and the Defense Department and the Office of...

IRS Points to Progress for 2017 Tax Filing Season

April 26, 2017 The 2017 tax filing season presented the fewest wrinkles of any of the four administered by Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen, an IRS official told a House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee on Wednesday. “The smooth operation of the filing season is not automatic or accidental; it has been made...

GAO List of Duplicative Programs to Piggyback on Trump Efficiency Effort

April 26, 2017 Congress’ watchdog released its seventh annual inventory of duplicative or fragmented programs on Wednesday with a nod toward the reorganization and efficiency effort announced two weeks ago by the Trump White House. The Government Accountability Office report updating the status of hundreds of past GAO recommendations for cost savings “will...

Lawmakers Continue Challenging GSA on Trump Hotel Deal

April 25, 2017 In the month since President Trump won the General Services Administration’s approval to keep his controversial Washington hotel lease, lawmakers and ethics advocates have kept up pressure on Trump to rethink the unprecedented arrangement. Concerned about Trump’s post-election role as “both landlord and tenant” of the luxury Trump International Hotel...

Justice IG Blasts Marshals Service Over Contractor-Run Prison

April 25, 2017 Weeks after President Trump’s Justice Department revived the practice of contracting out federal prison management, the U.S. Marshals Service has come under fire for lax oversight of a privately run detention facility in Leavenworth, Kansas. Justice’s inspector general on Tuesday released a report on CoreCivic Inc.’s management of the Leavenworth...

Whistleblower Advocates Bemoan Merit Board’s Lack of Quorum

April 25, 2017 The persistence of two vacancies on the three-member Merit Systems Protection Board worries whistleblowers and their advocates who are concerned that statutory protections are not being enforced. Since chairwoman Susan Tsui Grundmann resigned in January, the MSPB has been guided by Obama administration appointee Mark Robbins, whom President Trump elevated...

Trump Chief of Staff Blames Democrats for Record-Slow Hiring Pace

April 24, 2017 With the media spotlight shining on President Trump’s first 100 days, the White House chief of staff on Sunday pointed a finger at Senate Democrats for what good government groups say is this administration’s record-setting slow pace in nominating people to the most vital agency jobs. In a testy exchange...

Former Labor Statistics Chief Warns Trump Against Budget Cuts

April 24, 2017 Congress is preparing severe budget cuts in the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to an op-ed published on Friday in The Wall Street Journal. BLS “may be headed toward failure,” wrote Erica L. Groshen, who from 2013-2017 ran the agency that prepares, among other metrics, the politically sensitive...

EPA’s Revised Agenda

April 21, 2017 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made news on April 13 when he visited coal miners at the Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pa., where he announced a new “Back to Basics Agenda” for the agency. Within days, a poster showing Pruitt with the miners went on display in the lobby...

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