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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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Amid the Firestorm Over Comey Come Charges of Hatch Act Violations

October 31, 2016 Fallout from FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic move on Friday to alert Congress to possible new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email probe continued on Monday as the top law enforcement officer came under fire from Democratic lawmakers and numerous professional prosecutors. At issue is whether Comey’s missives to lawmakers...

Military Housing at Risk from Poor Utility Maintenance, Watchdog Finds

October 25, 2016 Faulty sprinkler systems, exposed wiring and unchecked household mold were among the deficiencies in military base housing around the world documented in a report released this month by Defense Department inspector general investigators. In the capstone report in a series of six over the past three years, auditors warned of...

Judge Temporarily Blocks Rule Aimed at Fair Treatment of Federal Contract Workers

October 25, 2016 In a victory for industry groups, a district court judge on Monday night issued a preliminary injunction freezing the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule that was to have taken effect on Tuesday. Responding to a suit brought by a chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors...

Now Available: 8,200 Reports Some in Congress Wanted to Stay Private

October 24, 2016 Reports from the Congressional Research Service, long a proprietary tool controlled by lawmakers, are considered valuable enough by some to have generated a movement of researchers and transparency groups to make them freely available. While legislation to make such a change has stalled, two unidentified lawmakers, one from each party,...

Pentagon 'Clawback' of Guard Recruiting Bonuses Draws Fire

October 24, 2016 California lawmakers are demanding cancellation of a Defense Department plan to “claw back” reenlistment bonuses given to California National Guard members at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As reported by the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, some 10,000 soldiers, many of them veterans of several tours of...

Timing Glitch in DATA Act Makes It Impossible for IGs to Meet Reporting Deadline

October 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a little-noticed letter to lawmakers last December, the inspectors general council gave notice that IGs will be unable to meet a deadline looming next month for reporting progress under 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. Citing an “important timing anomaly” in the statute, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz...

Still Alive: The Movement to Un-Shutter the Office of Technology Assessment

October 21, 2016 Twenty-one years after “Contract with America” House Republicans abolished the Office of Technology Assessment, a revival movement of sorts persists among lawmakers, their staffs and Washington think tanks. The OTA (1972-1995), with its exuberantly loyal staff of 100 who helped Congress address tech questions from a two-floor office in Southeast...

GSA Chief Could Be in the Hot Seat if a Defeated Trump Won’t Concede

October 20, 2016 This story has been updated. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s debate bombshell hinting that he might contest the results of the Nov. 8 election should he lose has ears perked up at one federal agency in particular. The General Services Administration, under presidential transition laws going back to 1963, is...

Timing Glitch in DATA Act Makes It Impossible for IGs to Meet Reporting Deadline

October 20, 2016 In a little-noticed letter to lawmakers last December, the inspectors general council gave notice that IGs will be unable to meet a deadline looming next month for reporting progress under 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. Citing an “important timing anomaly” in the statute, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz...

Open-Government Groups Seek Tighter Transition Ethics Policies

October 19, 2016 Two days after the Donald Trump called for a ban on federal workers’ post-government lobbying, a coalition of transparency and campaign finance activists wrote to both presidential campaigns seeking a commitment to ethics by their transition teams that includes a ban on lobbyists joining government. “Members of both parties agree...

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