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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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Watchdog's Criticisms Add to Woes of Agency Already at Risk of Elimination

December 12, 2017 The Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research, established in response to the 2008 financial crisis, has been in the crosshairs of Republican budget cutters while its staff suffers from low morale. Last week, the Government Accountability Office added to its woes. The watchdog weighed in with written testimony to a...

Poll: Government Corruption Seen as Rising, Especially at White House

December 12, 2017 Six out of 10 Americans say that the level of corruption in society has worsened in the past year, up from one third a year ago, according to a nationwide poll released on Tuesday by the nonprofit Transparency International. Forty-four percent of Americans believe that corruption is pervasive in the...

Obama Treasury Department May Have Skirted Anti-Deficiency Act, Watchdog Finds

December 11, 2017 The Treasury Department in fiscal 2015 “potentially violated” the Anti-Deficiency Act and other statutes with reimbursements for shared services, prematurely moving monies before interagency agreements were in place, the department’s inspector general found. The watchdog’s audit of the Obama-era Treasury Office of Budget and Travel focused on Treasury’s interoffice transactions...

Newly Installed Special Counsel Wants to Adjudicate Cases More Swiftly

December 11, 2017 A longtime attorney for whistleblowers has described the investigative process at the Office of Special Counsel as “operating at a molasses pace.” Henry Kerner, President Trump’s appointee to serve as special counsel, now is in a position to change that. The veteran prosecutor and congressional investigator, who was sworn in...

Zinke Travel Records Hint Helicopter Use Was Steered by Political Schedule

December 8, 2017 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, already under investigation for questionable travel by air, booked government helicopters this summer for events at sites that would have been reachable within hours by car from Washington, including some that could be seen as political, according to a Thursday report by Politico. Travel records released...

Disaster Responses Brought Out Federal Agencies’ Best, Leaders Say

December 7, 2017 When she was first tapped to lead the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon knew nothing of the key role that her agency plays in disaster responses, she told a crowd of senior executive award winners on Thursday. But as she prepared for her confirmation and worked with associate administrator and...

Senators Press State Dept. to Drop Hiring Freeze and Shine Light on Reorg Plan

December 7, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s ongoing but still vague redesign plan for the State Department drew fire this week from two groups of senators led by Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. In a Tuesday letter to Tillerson’s deputy, John Sullivan, Cardin teamed with Sen. Todd Young,...

Winners of 2017 Presidential Rank Awards Announced

December 6, 2017 The professional association for senior federal executives on Wednesday announced the winners of the prestigious Presidential Rank Awards, who will earn bonuses and be honored along with their 2016 counterparts at an all-day Dec. 7 leadership summit at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel. The 36 winners of the annual Distinguished Rank Awards...

Senators Press State Dept. to Drop Hiring Freeze and Shine Light on Reorg Plan

December 6, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s ongoing but still vague redesign plan for the State Department drew fire this week from two groups of senators led by Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. In a Tuesday letter to Tillerson’s deputy, John Sullivan, Cardin teamed with Sen. Todd Young,...

Military Services Failed to Report Hundreds of Criminal Fingerprint Records to FBI, Watchdog Finds

December 5, 2017 One month after an Air Force veteran with a history of violence killed 26 churchgoers in Sutherland, Texas, the Pentagon inspector general released a study showing that the military services failed to submit required fingerprint data to the FBI’s national database in hundreds of cases where service members had been...