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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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Regulatory Overhaul Bills Clear Senate Homeland Security Panel

October 7, 2015 A key Senate panel on Wednesday took a step toward ambitious changes in the government’s regulatory agencies, approving four bills aimed at lowering cost burdens, weeding out obsolete rules, making rulemaking procedures consistent and boosting public participation. “We’ve been talking to find the sweet spot, to lay down this first...

OMB Pressured to Invoke Bush Directive Banning Earmarks

October 6, 2015 Two transparency groups with ties across the political spectrum are petitioning the Office of Management and Budget to curb spending by enforcing a George W. Bush-era executive order aimed at halting “wasteful earmarks.” In a letter to White House Budget Director Shaun Donovan, the nonprofits Cause of Action and Demand...

Senator Calls for Justice Department Probe of VA Relocation Funds Abuse

October 6, 2015 Elevating a story from alleged mismanagement to possible criminality, the ranking senator on the Veterans Affairs panel on Tuesday asked the Attorney General to investigate accusations published last month that Veterans Affairs Department managers spent relocation money to boost their colleagues’ salaries. The VA inspector general’s office reported on Sept....

After 640-Day Wait, VA Gets a Nominee for Inspector General

October 5, 2015 After more than 640 days with the office vacant, the Veterans Affairs Department’s inspector general slot now has a nominee, President Obama announced on Friday. The nominee is regulatory practice attorney Michael J. Missal, who has spent the past 25 years as a partner at K&L Gates LLP in Washington...

Watchdog Reopens Secret Service Probe as Chaffetz Tars Director

October 5, 2015 The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general on Monday announced that he has reopened a recently completed investigation that revealed that dozens of Secret Service employees had illegally accessed the personnel file of onetime job applicant Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. DHS watchdog...

Top Obama Aide Recalls Tensions of 2008 Presidential Transition

October 1, 2015 Best practices for running a change in administrations are frustratingly vague. Hence the Obama White House planners, after Election Day 2012, found themselves mulling whether protocol required them to seek the resignations of Obama’s entire Cabinet. Then they realized, according to then-Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu, that they had all gleaned...

Obama Again Found Lacking in Open Government Efforts

October 1, 2015 President Obama has still not lived up to his 2009 promise to run the most transparent administration in history, according to a new report card from 16 open-government advocacy groups. They said federal agencies are falling short of their potential in easing public access to sometimes-sensitive documents, “despite commendable efforts...

Ex-Im Bank Wins Another Reprieve

September 30, 2015 The embattled Export-Import Bank of the United States would get a stay-of-execution under the continuing resolution expected to clear Congress before the midnight Wednesday deadline, a bank spokesman, Lawton King, told Government Executive. Many Republicans oppose the lending agency as corporate welfare, and the spending bill released June 2 by...

Obama Officials Defend Fair Pay Rule Against ‘Blacklist’ Charges

September 29, 2015 Facing a barrage of criticism stemming from President Obama’s fair pay, safe workplace executive order, White House and Labor Department officials on Tuesday appeared at a House subcommittee hearing to defend the plan against industry charges that it would “blacklist” innocent contractors and stifle small business competition through burdensome record-keeping....

IRS Gave Executive Bonuses Totaling $6 Million Over Five Years

September 29, 2015 During five years spent under steady fire from Republicans in Congress, the Internal Revenue Service gave out 1,269 performance awards and retention incentives to 351 Office of Chief Counsel executive managers worth a total of $5.97 million, according to new numbers released to the publisher Tax Analysts under the Freedom...