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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Intel Community Watchdog Reports Steady Rise in Whistleblower Activity

January 6, 2017 The intelligence community’s internal push to encourage legitimate whistleblowing appears to have helped increase disclosures of potential wrongdoing as its inspector general’s office has stepped up training and outreach, a new report suggests. “Integrity and accountability are the building blocks of a strong and effective intelligence community,” said the just-released...

House Continues Pursuit of Regulatory Roll-Back Bills

January 6, 2017 Maintaining their push to take authority away from regulatory agencies, House Republicans on Thursday passed a long-sought bill that would require both chambers in Congress to approve any major new rule within 70 legislative days for it to take effect. The party-line vote was 237-187. The Regulations from the Executive...

Lawmaker: New Congress Is 'A Moment to Reimagine the Federal Government'

January 5, 2017 For decades, political players have invoked the so-called “Washington Monument” strategy of threatening to close the capital city’s tallest structure to win a budget battle. This Wednesday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., head of the Republican conference, offered a new twist on the strategy as she appeared with Vice President-elect...

To Keep Winning Federal Contracts, Small Businesses Say They Have to Spend More

January 5, 2017 Small businesses upped their efforts to bid on federal contracts, reporting a 72 percent increase in time and money devoted to winning a share of the government’s $90 billion procurement budget, according to the latest annual survey from the American Express OPEN for Government Contracting initiative. Though overall federal contracting...

Senate Panels Pressed to Open Up Nominees' Files Before Confirmation Hearings

January 5, 2017 As Senate committees gear up to consider incoming Trump administration nominees, a coalition of 16 transparency groups and three legal specialists are pressing chairmen to consistently require the release of the nominees’ personal background documents. In a Jan. 4 letter to the major Senate committees, the coalition led by

House Approves Disputed Bill to Curb 'Midnight Rules'

January 4, 2017 As part of their new strategy for working under a coming Trump presidency, House Republicans used the second day of the 115th Congress to pass a long-sought bill to give lawmakers the power to undo agencies’ late-in-the-term final regulations. The Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21), introduced by Rep. Darrell...

Bonneville Power Administration Faulted for Lax Oversight of Contractors

January 4, 2017 The Energy Department’s Bonneville Power Administration, which employs more contractors than federal workers out of its Portland, Ore., headquarters, has fallen short in monitoring the outsourcing of tasks that may be inherently governmental, a watchdog found. In a Dec. 29 audit, acting Energy Department inspector general Rickey Hass—responding to a...

Trump Nominates Jay Clayton to Chair SEC, Where Morale Is Improving

January 4, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday named his replacement for the departing Mary Jo White as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission: mergers and acquisitions specialist Jay Clayton. Clayton, a law partner at Sullivan and Cromwell, "is a highly talented expert on many aspects of financial and regulatory law, and...

Trump Arrives in Time to Gain Influence Over Broadcasting Board

January 3, 2017 The Broadcasting Board of Governors, whose management structure and complaint-prone workforce produced years of conflict, has embarked on a statutorily mandated reorganization just in time for influence from the incoming Trump administration. President Obama on Dec. 23 signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which contained a long-discussed provision to replace...

Trump Transition Sought Data for Building Border Walls

January 3, 2017 The Trump transition team early last month approached the Homeland Security Department for a panoply of documents and cost data related to building walls at both the southern and northern U.S. borders. As reported Tuesday by Reuters, President-elect Donald Trump’s staff, in a Dec. 5 meeting with DHS officials, also...

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