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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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Special Counsel Confirms Removal of Energy Department Anti-Leak Posters

February 16, 2018 Six months after reports surfaced that the Energy Department had mounted posters discouraging employees from “leaking” to the news media, the Office of Special Counsel responded to a complaint by confirming that the posters have been removed and new whistleblower protection guidance published. Last August, E&E News broke the story...

New GSA Brass Struggles to Explain Revised Plan for FBI HQ

February 15, 2018 What was planned as a routine congressional hearing on acquisition and property management at the General Services Administration on Thursday turned into the grilling of a freshly minted agency leadership team on the future of FBI headquarters. Both the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform...

Army Watchdog Executive Found to Have Sexually Harassed, Insulted Colleagues

February 14, 2018 A Senior Executive Service member in the Army inspector general’s office failed to treat his colleagues with “dignity and respect” in several instances involving unwanted kissing and racially tinged insults, according to a newly released report from the Pentagon inspector general. Months of interviewing in response to complaints from several...

Environmental Group Charges Interior With Illegally Filling Top Vacancies

February 14, 2018 Policy decisions being made by acting heads of three agencies within the Interior Department should be declared null and void, according to a complaint filed with Interior’s inspector general by an environmental advocacy group. The current top officers at the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the...

Former Cabinet Secretaries Decry Lack of Leadership

February 14, 2018 Bemoaning a “dysfunctional” Washington, two former Cabinet members on Tuesday implored Congress to tackle the tough decisions of annual spending and curbing deficits by returning to “regular order.” Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell —both former White House budget directors—expressed longing...

GSA Proposes to Keep FBI HQ Downtown by Scattering Staff

February 13, 2018 The General Services Administration chose Monday, budget day, to deliver an overdue report to a Senate panel outlining its revised plan to provide the FBI with a modern and secure headquarters. In a Justice Department press briefing and in the report delivered to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee,...

Trump's Proposed Program Cuts Hint at Where Agency Jobs Could Vanish

February 13, 2018 White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday was asked by reporters to define a “loser” under the Trump administration’s just-released fiscal 2019 budget request. “The losers are things like Trade Adjustment Assistance,” he said of the Labor Department program to retrain workers that he slated for a $98 million...

Trump Budget Would Limit Consumer Bureau’s Funding From the Federal Reserve

February 13, 2018 White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, in his unprecedented simultaneous role as acting head of the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on Monday submitted the Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget containing a proposal to restructure the bureau and cap its special funding from the Federal Reserve. The budget proposed limiting...

Trump’s $4 Trillion Budget Offers 'Aggressive Spending Reforms'

February 12, 2018 In a hastily adjusted fiscal 2019 budget reflecting Congress’s recent spending boost, the Trump administration on Monday offered a $4 trillion plan that largely keeps to its shrink-the-government priorities in program areas if not on the ledger. But what Budget Director Mick Mulvaney called “an aggressive set of spending reforms...

Trump’s Pick for IRS Chief Well Steeped in Parsing Tax Controversies

February 9, 2018 President Trump’s pick for Internal Revenue commissioner would bring a rich background in addressing tax controversies from his work with the agency as well as the tax section of the American Bar Association. Thursday’s White House announcement nominating California private tax attorney Charles Rettig for a seven-year term (beginning last...