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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Ex-OMB Controller Praises Trump’s Agency Reorganization Plan

March 22, 2017 President Trump’s March 13 executive order on reorganizing government has some advantages over those offered during the Obama administration, in the view of former U.S. Controller David Mader. The plan, which calls on agencies to take six months to scour around for inefficiencies and then report recommendations to the Office...

Conservative Legal Group Sues EPA Over Encrypted Messages

March 22, 2017 News reports since President Trump’s inauguration have portrayed disgruntled Environmental Protection Agency employees as using encrypted messaging tools to react to Trump’s plans to cut and refocus the agency. On Wednesday, the conservative legal transparency group Cause of Action Institute filed suit against the agency in U.S. district court protesting...

Intel Panel Democrat: Some News Leaks Are Justified

March 21, 2017 Republicans running Monday’s House Intelligence panel hearing on alleged Trump campaign ties to Russia focused primarily on who leaked to reporters the transcripts of monitored international phone calls, potentially a crime. On Tuesday, the panel’s ranking Democrat drew a distinction between leaks that harm national security and those that expose...

State Department Advised to Improve Performance Measures on Embassy Design

March 20, 2017 For six years, the State Department has been designing overseas embassies under an “Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities” program aimed at building more innovative, functional and sustainably secure facilities. But after spending $21 billion since 1999, its Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations lacks “project-level performance measures specific to the goals” and...

TSA Ready for Its Closeup in the Hit Movie 'Get Out'

March 20, 2017 One of the federal agencies the public doesn’t always love plays a central role in the hit horror/comedy movie “Get Out,” the fourth highest-grossing movie this past weekend. The edgy satire of modern race relations written and directed by Jordan Peele features a key character in uniform who speaks proudly...

Performance Specialists Like Trump’s Management Agenda

March 20, 2017 A surprising amount of text in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 “skinny budget” released last Thursday was devoted to reforming agency management. Among the proposals were calls to reorganize government to boost efficiency, to rely on data to judge program performance, and to free managers from overly prescriptive guidance to take...

Some Agencies On Trump’s Kill List Push Back

March 17, 2017 The language in President Trump’s “skinny budget” released on Thursday was clear: It called for closing 19 small agencies to help offset a spending increase for the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments as well as some elements of Homeland Security. Many of those targeted agencies, especially the ones accustomed to...

Transparency Advocates: Federal Whistleblowers Have a Vital Role in Trump Era

March 17, 2017 Attention, federal employees: The Trump era presents an opportunity for you to contribute to the public debate by disclosing wrongdoing. So came the pitch on Wednesday from American Civil Liberties Union legislative office chief Michael Macleod-Ball, speaking on a panel addressing “Accessing Information in the Trump Administration.” Trump’s blasts at...

Why It’s So Hard to Shut Down a Government Agency

March 16, 2017 President Trump’s plan to zero out the budgets for 19 federal agencies will undoubtedly run into three significant obstacles: Congress, logistical complexity and history. His new budget proposal to eliminate such relatively small agencies as the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation...

Trump Budget Would Abolish 19 Agencies, Cut Thousands of Federal Jobs

March 16, 2017 With the aim of “making government work again,” the Trump White House on Thursday unveiled a $1.1 trillion budget blueprint for discretionary spending in fiscal 2017 and 2018 that would abolish 19 agencies and eliminate thousands of agency jobs. The 54-page “America First” document, focused primarily on fiscal 2018, would...

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