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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House Democrats Seek Background on Rumored Inspector General Firings

January 31, 2017 A rumored Trump administration plan to seek mass resignations among the 72 inspectors general—now reportedly abandoned—prompted two Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to ask the White House for an explanation. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the panel’s ranking member, and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., on Tuesday wrote to...

New Homeland Security Team Defends Rushed Response to Trump Directives

January 31, 2017 Since Friday night’s harried rollout of President Trump’s new anti-terrorism border enforcement directives, “interagency communication hasn’t been the best,” acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told a press conference on Tuesday. “But it will get better.” Appearing with a new and temporary team running the Homeland Security Department,...

Trump’s Lobbying Ban Draws Mixed Reviews From Ethics Groups

January 30, 2017 Following through on his pledge to “drain the swamp,” President Trump on Saturday signed an executive order on ethics that bans full-time political appointees from engaging in lobbying activities at their old agency for five years after leaving government. Superseding a similar document put out by President Obama in 2009,...

Trump Has Trouble Making Obamacare Ads Disappear

January 30, 2017 With just a day left for consumers to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a left-leaning digital advertising firm has stepped in to offset the Trump administration’s decision during its first week to cancel some Health and Human Services department ads encouraging potential enrollees to learn...

How Trump Plans to Slash Regulations by 75 Percent

January 27, 2017 When he issues pronouncements, President Trump isn’t always in sync with congressional Republicans, nor does he always appear to have a strategy. But in the case of his Jan. 23 promise to business leaders to cut regulations by 75 percent, Trump is drawing in part from the three regulatory reform...

One Reason for GSA’s Silence on Trump Hotel: It’s Complicated

January 27, 2017 Despite howls from ethicists, contract specialists and Democratic lawmakers, the General Services Administration has yet to issue a ruling on whether its three-year-old lease to President Trump’s company for Washington’s Trump International Hotel presents Trump with a conflict of interest. Given the broader context of Trump’s controversial plan to turn...

State Department Loses Top Management Team in Trump’s First Week

January 26, 2017 Four career Foreign Service officers who formed the State Department’s management team during the Obama administration are leaving just as the Trump administration gets underway. As reported in detail on Thursday by Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin (and confirmed later by the department), resignations were received from Undersecretary for Management...

Special Counsel Issues Reminder That Agencies Cannot Gag Whistleblowers

January 26, 2017 With many federal employees chafing at new Trump administration clampdowns on unauthorized communications, the Office of Special Counsel on Wednesday issued a reminder of the anti-gag order provision in the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. That law says agencies “cannot impose nondisclosure agreements and policies that fail to include required...

Trump Plans to Keep Small Business Administration in the Cabinet, Nominee Says

January 25, 2017 President Trump’s nominee to head the Cabinet-level Small Business Administration, former pro-wrestling industry executive Linda McMahon, on Tuesday disavowed an earlier flirtation with a 2010 Obama administration proposal to merge that agency into the Commerce Department. At a confirmation hearing of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, McMahon emphasized...

OMB Nominee Would Revive Program Ratings, Fix ‘Broken’ Regulation

January 25, 2017 President Trump’s nominee to run the Office of Management Budget on Tuesday expressed enthusiasm for reviving a George W. Bush-era tool for evaluating the effectiveness of federal programs, said the “stars are aligned to reform the regulatory system” and expressed a willingness to examine the potential overuse of contractors under...

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