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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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Fugitive Kentucky Social Security Fraudster Gets 12 Years in Prison

July 17, 2017 Officials laboring in the governmentwide effort to thwart improper payments could take satisfaction in Friday’s Justice Department announcement that a Kentucky attorney who had pleaded guilty to seeking to defraud Society Security of $550 million drew a prison sentence of 12 years. But the chief conspirator is on the lam....

Mislabeled Weapons Raise Risk of Accidental Explosions in South Korea

July 14, 2017 Air Force munitions crews working with the South Korean military need to improve the way they label the weights of munitions on the peninsula, both to prevent accidental explosions and to conserve storage space, a watchdog found. In a redacted report formerly classified as secret, the Defense Department inspector general...

Pentagon Watchdog Compiles Recommendations That Could Save $34 Billion

July 13, 2017 The Defense Department’s watchdog on Thursday released a 450-page compilation of more than 1,298 open recommendations Pentagon has yet to implement, including 58 with the potential save the department $33.6 billion. Addressing subjects ranging from planning for the use of nuclear weapons, to the disinterment of deceased service members from...

Democrats Blast GSA for Withholding Documents on Trump Hotel

July 13, 2017 The nine-month-old controversy over President Trump’s lease for the federally-owned Old Post Office that is now a luxury hotel continues to dog the General Services Administration under its changed and temporary leadership. On Wednesday, House Democrats re-routed the agenda of a Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing on property disposal to...

White House Objects to Ban on New BRAC in Defense Bill

July 12, 2017 The White House on Wednesday issued a detailed list of objections to provisions in the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2810, S. 1519) that is headed to floor votes in the House and Senate this month. Among the complaints—which did not prompt a veto threat—is the prohibition in...

CIA Director Calls Morale 'Spectacularly High' Despite Trump Criticism

July 12, 2017 Brushing aside President Trump’s public disparagement of the intelligence community, CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said his visits to agency stations during his first six months have convinced him that morale is “spectacularly high.” Almost daily briefings of the president show that the chief executive “not only values the...

Term-Limited Appointments Can Be Cut Short

July 11, 2017 Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee to be FBI director, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in the context that the job wouldn’t be vacant now if Trump hadn’t fired James Comey in May not quite four years into what the law intended as a 10-year term. The requirement...

State Science Adviser Resigns Early, Amid Departmental Reorganization

July 11, 2017 The science and technology adviser to the secretary of State has tendered his resignation, effective next week, Government Executive has learned. The resignation has sparked concern amid some in the science community that the position could be eliminated. Vaughan Turekian, who began what is usually a three-year term in September...

Senate Approves Trump’s Regulatory Chief

July 11, 2017 The Senate on Monday approved President Trump’s controversial nominee to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The vote to clear George Mason University law professor Neomi Rao was 54-41. Rao, who founded a free-market-oriented Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the university in...

Government Warms to Continuous Monitoring of Personnel With Clearances

July 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Days after Navy contractor Aaron Alexis murdered 12 people during a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013, Pentagon officials acknowledged they had neglected to follow up on a Rhode Island police report the previous month showing that Alexis, who died in a shootout with police,...