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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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An Unconventional President Takes Aim at the Bureaucracy

May 23, 2017 Tuesday’s release of the Trump administration’s $4.1 trillion spending blueprint for fiscal 2018 shows that dozens of agencies and programs remain in the crosshairs of White House budget cutters. Unsurprisingly, the White House proposes to substantially shift government’s resources from anti-poverty, diplomacy and environmental programs toward the president’s priorities of...

Trump Plan to Submit Unsigned Financial Disclosure Draws Mixed Reviews

May 22, 2017 Conflict-of-interest controversies continued to swirl around the Trump White House as the Office of Government Ethics rejected a Trump attorney proposal for financial disclosure and Democratic lawmakers demanded clarifications of appointee ethics waivers and Trump hotel profits. Trump’s private attorney Sheri Dillon, according to a story broken Friday by the...

A Tell-All About Working At Freddie Mac During the Housing Crisis

May 16, 2017 When Congress slogged through the post-recession enactment of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act, lawmakers basically punted on how to handle the government-sponsored enterprises known as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Both were taken into emergency conservatorship by the Treasury Department (costing taxpayers some $187.5 billion before they returned a...

Inspectors General Feel Crimped by Hiring Freeze, Budget Cuts

May 12, 2017 In a survey by Democratic staff on the House oversight panel, inspectors general at two dozen agencies expressed worry over harm to their mission productivity from President Trump’s earlier hiring freeze and plans for budget cuts. In a May 3 memo to Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee,...

Ethics Office Hits Trump Appointees With New Compliance Form

May 12, 2017 In the latest move in its wrestling match with the White House, the Office of Government Ethics on Thursday introduced a new ethics certification form for Cabinet secretaries and other appointees requiring Senate confirmation. As first reported by NPR, OGE Deputy Director Dale Christopher wrote to all agency designated ethics...

There’s Little Evidence to Back White House Claim of Poor Morale at FBI

May 11, 2017 With official Washington consumed by President Trump’s surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey, the top oversight chairman in the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday asked the Justice Department inspector general to add the matter to an ongoing investigation of the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah,...

Pentagon Financial Office Not Complying with Improper Payments Law, Watchdog Finds

May 11, 2017 A required audit of Defense Department compliance with both the 2002 and 2010 improper payments laws found shortfalls in five of six key areas, according to a new Pentagon inspector general report. Those laws require the Pentagon comptroller to publish an annual financial statement according to the Office of Management...

Weather Service Employees File Unfair Labor Charge Over Restrictions on Social Media Use

May 10, 2017 A Commerce Department directive from March that laid out restrictions on employees’ personal use of social media has prompted the National Weather Service Employees Organization to file an unfair labor practices complaint. In a charge document submitted Monday to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, NWSEO General Counsel Richard Hirn argued...

Census Chief Resigns Amid Ongoing Political Crossfire

May 10, 2017 After just under four years as Census Bureau director, John Thompson on Tuesday announced his retirement effective June 30—right in the middle of a battle in Congress over funding for the 2020 big count. “My tenure at the Census Bureau has been a richly rewarding capstone to my federal career,”...

Lawmakers Blast HHS Gag Order as Harmful to Whistleblowers

May 9, 2017 In another sign of tension between the Trump administration and congressional protectors of whistleblowers, two key Republican lawmakers have sent the Health and Human Services secretary a warning that a memo from his staff shortchanges the right to disclose wrongdoing to Congress. The May 4 letter to Secretary Tom Price...