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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Will Trump Bring Back Outsourcing and A-76?

December 22, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s recent choice for budget director had been in Congress only six months in 2011 when he waded into the perennially divisive debate over what tasks on the government agenda can be performed by outside contractors. “I have been approached by several small businesses that have had their...

Trump Can't Actually Cancel Federal Contracts on a Whim

December 21, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump's recent conjuring of Tweet storms fomented uncertainty in the contractor world as he threatened to force changes on major defense deals involving the modernizing of Air Force One and the F-35 joint strike fighter. And, as revealed during the presidential campaign, Trump has a longtime reputation for...

Why the NSA Inspector General Lost His Job (and Wants It Back)

December 16, 2016 In a little-noticed move earlier this year, George Ellard was removed from his position as the inspector general at the National Security Agency. It turns out the dismissal can be traced to the the first major use of whistleblower protection provisions included in a 2012 presidential directive. As first reported...

GOP Senators Hit IRS Employees for 'Luxury' Travel, Limo and Acela Rides

December 15, 2016 With some employees on the road for more than 200 business days per year, the Internal Revenue Service needs to better follow federal guidelines and scale back per diem rates, said a report from Senate Finance Committee Republicans released on Thursday. “Committee staff saw example after example of routine Amtrak...

Many in 'Cynical' Electorate OK With Big Government If Reformed

December 15, 2016 The angry, divided American public has an increasing appetite for government reform, though the closeness of November’s vote between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton bodes ill for consensus on whether or not government should be pared back, a new study found. Shifts in attitudes among different voter segments in recent...

Trump’s Unorthodox Transition Leaves Government In Uncharted Territory

December 15, 2016 Earlier this week, with 38 days to go until the inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump had named 10 individuals to his Cabinet, putting his transition “well ahead of any modern administration,” Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday. Speaking just before Trump announced three additional Cabinet selections—ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson...

Trump’s Tweets: Will They Go in the National Archives?

December 14, 2016 President-elect Trump in the past 30 days has posted 4.7 tweets per day for a total of 142 to his 17.2 million followers, according to the website Twittercounter. So it stands to reason that this activity was noticed by officials at the National Archives and Records Administration. On Nov. 16,...

Lawmakers: GSA Found Trump Will Breach His Hotel Lease, Absent Divestment

December 14, 2016 This story has been updated with a statement from GSA. In the latest twist in the unprecedented ethics dispute over President-elect Trump’s luxury hotel in Washington’s Old Post Office Building, four House Democrats Wednesday said the General Services Administration has determined that the hotel lease does in fact pose a...

Pentagon Watchdog’s Handling of Whistleblowers Under GAO Review

December 13, 2016 Congress has ordered its watchdog agency to expand a probe into the policies and treatment of whistleblowers at the Defense Department inspector general’s office. Language in the just-completed fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act—debated for months--requires the Government Accountability Office to “review the integrity” of the sometimes controversial Defense Department...

Bill to Revamp Federal Property Disposal Headed to Obama’s Desk

December 13, 2016 After more than four years of back-and-forth with the White House budget office, Congress on Saturday passed bipartisan legislation aimed at streamlining the disposal of unneeded federal properties. The Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act (H.R. 4465), which cleared the House in May and the Senate this weekend, would require...

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