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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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Democrats Blast GSA for Withholding Documents on Trump Hotel

July 13, 2017 The nine-month-old controversy over President Trump’s lease for the federally-owned Old Post Office that is now a luxury hotel continues to dog the General Services Administration under its changed and temporary leadership. On Wednesday, House Democrats re-routed the agenda of a Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing on property disposal to...

White House Objects to Ban on New BRAC in Defense Bill

July 12, 2017 The White House on Wednesday issued a detailed list of objections to provisions in the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2810, S. 1519) that is headed to floor votes in the House and Senate this month. Among the complaints—which did not prompt a veto threat—is the prohibition in...

CIA Director Calls Morale 'Spectacularly High' Despite Trump Criticism

July 12, 2017 Brushing aside President Trump’s public disparagement of the intelligence community, CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said his visits to agency stations during his first six months have convinced him that morale is “spectacularly high.” Almost daily briefings of the president show that the chief executive “not only values the...

Term-Limited Appointments Can Be Cut Short

July 11, 2017 Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee to be FBI director, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in the context that the job wouldn’t be vacant now if Trump hadn’t fired James Comey in May not quite four years into what the law intended as a 10-year term. The requirement...

State Science Adviser Resigns Early, Amid Departmental Reorganization

July 11, 2017 The science and technology adviser to the secretary of State has tendered his resignation, effective next week, Government Executive has learned. The resignation has sparked concern amid some in the science community that the position could be eliminated. Vaughan Turekian, who began what is usually a three-year term in September...

Senate Approves Trump’s Regulatory Chief

July 11, 2017 The Senate on Monday approved President Trump’s controversial nominee to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The vote to clear George Mason University law professor Neomi Rao was 54-41. Rao, who founded a free-market-oriented Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the university in...

Government Warms to Continuous Monitoring of Personnel With Clearances

July 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Days after Navy contractor Aaron Alexis murdered 12 people during a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013, Pentagon officials acknowledged they had neglected to follow up on a Rhode Island police report the previous month showing that Alexis, who died in a shootout with police,...

Government Warms to Continuous Monitoring of Personnel With Clearances

July 10, 2017 Days after Navy contractor Aaron Alexis murdered 12 people during a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013, Pentagon officials acknowledged they had neglected to follow up on a Rhode Island police report the previous month showing that Alexis, who died in a shootout with police,...

HHS Secretary Price Accused of Campaign Finance Violation

July 10, 2017 Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is the target of a complaint to the Federal Election Commission by two campaign finance reform groups that claim he violated the law by using congressional campaign funds to ease his confirmation by the Senate. The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, in...

Lawmakers Aim to Restrict Use of Lowest-Price Contracts

July 10, 2017 A contractors group has welcomed a bipartisan House bill placed in the hopper last month aimed at curbing agency use of lowest price technically acceptable contracts. The Promoting Value Based Procurement Act (H.R. 3019), introduced by Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Don Beyer, D-Va., would amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation...