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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USAID Faulted for Lax Oversight of Afghan Land Reforms

February 9, 2017 U.S. efforts to help displaced Afghans returning home to claim land in their war-torn country suffer from gaps in information vital to decisions on fairness and resource allocation, a watchdog found. The U.S. Agency for International Development, which spent $96.7 million from 2004 through 2014 to reform a land administration...

Investigation Confirms Ethical Violations, Misconduct by BLM Agent at Burning Man

February 7, 2017 Among the 80,000 attendees at the September 2015 countercultural “Burning Man” festival in rural Nevada was a Bureau of Land Management supervisory agent, his girlfriend, father and a friend. After getting a deal on special-access tickets, the group used a government vehicle, according to an Interior Department inspector general’s report...

With Medicaid Errors at $36 Billion, HHS Told to Improve Data Quality

February 7, 2017 With changes in Medicaid high on the Republican Congress’ agenda, the Government Accountability Office is calling for improved quality checks on state-provided data. “We determined that available Medicaid expenditure and utilization data do not provide [HHS’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] with sufficient information to consistently ensure that payments...

Trump Signs Washington Hotel Over to His Son

February 7, 2017 In alignment with his overall approach to addressing business conflicts of interest, President Trump has signed over the lease to his Washington, D.C., luxury hotel to his eldest son Donald Trump Jr., according to papers filed with the District of Columbia government obtained by the public radio station WAMU. The...

Group of House Republicans Implores Trump to Fire IRS Chief

February 6, 2017 The names on the House Republican letter now number 55. They’ve asked President Trump to accomplish what they were unable to do in the past Congress: defenestrate the Obama-appointed head of the Internal Revenue Service. “The consideration of the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in the House in late...

Trump's FCC Chief Wastes No Time Changing Agency Direction

February 6, 2017 In his first 10 days as head of the Federal Communications Commission, former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai issued a slew of new rules and declarations, prompting the lone Democrat on the five-member commission (currently with two vacancies) to issue dissents. On Friday, Pai revoked what he called Obama-era “midnight regulations”...

EPA Employees Using Encryption Apps May Violate Records Laws

February 3, 2017 Following news stories of disgruntled federal employees using encryption technology to criticize the Trump administration, a conservative legal group has filed a Freedom of Information request with the Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to enforce federal records laws. “It appears that some employees at the EPA may be using...

Democrats Get Results Targeting Trump Via Inspectors General

February 3, 2017 Though inspectors general are statutorily independent, their choice of targets to investigate may be influenced by partisans in Congress who press a timely case. This Wednesday, following days of bumpy agency implementation of President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration and arrival of refugees, the Homeland Security Department inspector general announced...

Contractors Applaud House Vote to Kill Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule

February 3, 2017 Two major contracting groups hailed House passage on Thursday of a long-expected resolution to undo the Obama administration’s 2014 “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” order requiring contractors to report past violations of 14 labor laws. House joint resolution 37, sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., declares that the implementation rule...

Trump’s Agency Gag Orders Draw Bipartisan Criticism

February 2, 2017 A long-planned House oversight hearing on whistleblower protection on Wednesday was steered by Republicans and Democrats into a platform for criticisms of the Trump administration’s early efforts to discourage federal employees from speaking to Congress or the press. Democrats Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., flagged a memo sent...

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