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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Trump Selects Capitol Hill Investigator to Run Office of Special Counsel

2:46 PM ET The White House on Friday announced the nomination of career prosecutor and veteran Capitol Hill staffer Henry Kerner to lead the Office of Special Counsel, the independent agency that combats prohibited personnel practices and retaliation against whistleblowers governmentwide. Kerner, currently assistant vice president for investigations at the conservative-leaning transparency group...

Agencies Largely Maintain Small-Business Contracting Scores

1:17 PM ET Under the new leadership of Trump appointee Linda McMahon, the Small Business Administration last week released its annual scorecard on federal agencies’ small business contracting, proclaiming that the government overall met its mandatory goals for the fourth year running. The average agency of award rate of 24.34 percent of contracting...

Trump Budget Continues Homeland Security Move to St. Elizabeths

1:09 PM ET President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget document released on Tuesday calls for full funding of the ongoing consolidation of the Homeland Security Department’s headquarters on the campus of St. Elizabeths hospital in Southeast Washington. Though some Republicans in recent years blasted the project for cost overruns—prompting the General Services Administration to...

Trump Budget’s Blessing of Program Evidence Could Cut Two Ways

May 25, 2017 The Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 budget released on Tuesday couples calls for sizable spending cuts with language encouraging agencies to engage in evidence-based evaluation of programs. That discipline—embraced by the Obama administration and the subject of a new statutorily created study commission—has bipartisan backing. It is designed to rely more...

Senators Seek Census Explanation for Dropping LGBT Category

May 24, 2017 Among the final tasks for departing Census Bureau Director John Thompson will be responding to a letter from two Democratic senators reviving a controversy over the March decision to drop a planned LGBT category on questionnaires for the 2020 count and the periodic American Community Survey. Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del.,...

White House Asks Justice for Ruling on Disclosing Ethics Waivers

May 24, 2017 The White House has asked the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel for an opinion on whether it must comply with demands from the governmentwide ethics office for an inventory of ethics waivers that President Trump’s team has granted to former lobbyists. The dispute—part of an ongoing squabble with the...

An Unconventional President Takes Aim at the Bureaucracy

May 23, 2017 Tuesday’s release of the Trump administration’s $4.1 trillion spending blueprint for fiscal 2018 shows that dozens of agencies and programs remain in the crosshairs of White House budget cutters. Unsurprisingly, the White House proposes to substantially shift government’s resources from anti-poverty, diplomacy and environmental programs toward the president’s priorities of...

Trump Plan to Submit Unsigned Financial Disclosure Draws Mixed Reviews

May 22, 2017 Conflict-of-interest controversies continued to swirl around the Trump White House as the Office of Government Ethics rejected a Trump attorney proposal for financial disclosure and Democratic lawmakers demanded clarifications of appointee ethics waivers and Trump hotel profits. Trump’s private attorney Sheri Dillon, according to a story broken Friday by the...

A Tell-All About Working At Freddie Mac During the Housing Crisis

May 16, 2017 When Congress slogged through the post-recession enactment of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act, lawmakers basically punted on how to handle the government-sponsored enterprises known as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Both were taken into emergency conservatorship by the Treasury Department (costing taxpayers some $187.5 billion before they returned a...

Inspectors General Feel Crimped by Hiring Freeze, Budget Cuts

May 12, 2017 In a survey by Democratic staff on the House oversight panel, inspectors general at two dozen agencies expressed worry over harm to their mission productivity from President Trump’s earlier hiring freeze and plans for budget cuts. In a May 3 memo to Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee,...

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