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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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Senator Trained as Accountant Presses Pentagon on Pricey Audit

February 22, 2018 Anticipating “many more painful findings,” the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee has asked the Pentagon chief for a detailed plan and timeline for incorporating results of the Defense Department’s new and unprecedented across-the-board audit into specific defense budgeting decisions. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., a professional accountant, this week released...

EPA's Planned Budget Cuts Alarm Former Employees, Union

February 21, 2018 The Trump administration’s long-planned cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency—proposed at 33.7 percent over enacted 2017 levels in the fiscal 2019 budget released on Feb. 12—would render the agency’s staff and support functions “the smallest since the mid-1970s when EPA was first established,” says an analysis released on Tuesday. A...

Fish and Wildlife Official Steered Work to Family Member, IG Finds

February 21, 2018 The chief of international conservation at the Fish and Wildlife Service violated the law and ethics regulations when he issued a cooperative agreement and helped steer grants to nonprofits for which a family member worked, a watchdog found. Richard Ruggiero, beginning in 2014, improperly shared nonpublic information with that family...

Budget Director Picks Fight on Spending 'Gimmicks' Called CHIMPs

February 20, 2018 Tacked on to the Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget unveiled on Feb. 12 is an unusual “addendum” targeting a decades-old budgeting technique that critics say masks the true amounts in annual spending bills. “The higher discretionary caps reached in [this month’s breakthrough two-year] cap deal provide an opportunity to eliminate...

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,...