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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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Trump’s Nominee for Drug Czar Withdraws

October 17, 2017 In an early-morning tweet on Tuesday, President Trump announced that Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., the man he nominated in September to run the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, had pulled out. "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug...

Expose on DEA Opioid Policy Prompts Repeal Bill from Senator

October 16, 2017 A Democratic senator on Monday reacted to a weekend expose on loosened enforcement against unlawful distributors of opioids by introducing a bill to repeal a 2016 law that trimmed the prosecutorial powers of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., announced her coming bill to repeal the Ensuring Patient...

House Moves Bills Enhancing Whistleblower Protections

October 13, 2017 The House this week approved three bipartisan whistleblower protection bills long sought by advocates to hold accountable supervisors who retaliate against employees who report mismanagement or wrongdoing and to enhance training. On its way to President Trump’s desk is the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 585), passed by...

Conferees Will Determine Fate of Defense Bill Provision to Deter Frivolous Contractor Bid Protests

October 13, 2017 As House and Senate negotiators prepare to meet and forge the final version of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill, one of many issues to be resolved involves the costs of contractor bid protests. Long concerned about costly weapons system schedule delays from prolonged protests by unsuccessful bidders, senators, as...

Agency Wordsmiths' Writing Regressed Last Year, Study Finds

October 12, 2017 The sixth annual Federal Plain Language report card released on Thursday revealed a drop in agencies’ use of clear English, with overall grades dropping at more than half of the agencies assessed. Of 21 agencies reviewed, 11 agencies saw their scores decline from the previous year, and just six saw...

The Curious Case of a ‘National Laboratory’ That Collected Excess Federal Equipment

October 12, 2017 A mysterious nonprofit known as Northridge National Laboratory, based in a Milwaukee suburb, for years used the government’s excess property disposal program to acquire computer hard drives, laptops, microscopes, medical beds, a seismograph and even vehicles. The problem? Northridge doesn’t appear to be the ongoing scientific enterprise it claims to...

Trump Transition Declined Some Ethics Advice, Rejected Some GAO Interviews

October 11, 2017 The Trump pre-inaugural transition team had its financial books in order, but got a late start in tapping government expertise on ethics arrangements, according to a Government Accountability Office review requested by Democratic lawmakers and released on Tuesday. Auditors for the congressional watchdog, examining how the Trump team operated within...

Zinke, Mnuchin Travels Raise Still More Questions

October 11, 2017 The array of issues swirling around Trump Cabinet members’ taxpayer-funded travel now include potential violations of the Hatch Act. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday was reported by Politico to have attended two political fund-raisers during official travel and leisure trips, raising questions about whether he properly complied with Hatch...

Border Patrol Managers Mishandled Whistleblower Calling Out Racism

October 10, 2017 Customs and Border Protection supervisors erred when they reprimanded an employee who reported illegal searches of African-American truck drivers in the Detroit area who took the wrong road leading to the Canadian border, a watchdog said. The managers were found to have violated a whistleblower’s rights by denying him a...

EPA Watchdog Widens Probe of Pruitt’s Travel Expenses

October 6, 2017 In the latest wrinkle in the Trump Cabinet’s travel travails, the inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced a widening of the six-week-old probe into EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s taxpayer-funded air travel. In an Oct. 5 letter to all top EPA officials, including Pruitt, John Trefry, director...