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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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Democratic Lawmakers Protest Border Patrol Asylum Policies

August 2, 2017 Customs and Border Protection under the Trump administration may be violating U.S. and international law by turning away certain asylum seekers, according to two Democrats on the House Oversight panel and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., on Tuesday wrote...

Senate Clears Office of Special Counsel Reauthorization

August 2, 2017 The governmentwide Office of Special Counsel on Tuesday welcomed the Senate’s unanimous approval of its reauthorization bill designed to boost whistleblower rights and clarify agency obligations to respond to OSC information requests. The bill (S 582) would help the independent agency investigate prohibited personnel practices and retaliation against whistleblowers. It...

Daring to Defend the Federal Bureaucracy

August 2, 2017 In an age where “unelected bureaucrats” is a common Washington epithet, give credit to a law professor, former college president and experienced federal manager for cutting against the grain. “The need for a robust civil service has never been greater,” writes Paul R. Verkuil in Valuing Bureaucracy: The Case for...

Two Officials, Two Agencies, Two Exits with Harsh Words for Trump Team

August 1, 2017 With much of the federal workforce bracing for cutbacks and departures, two high-level officials who recently resigned are opening up about frustrations with their agencies’ direction under the Trump administration. Nancy McEldowney, who retired in June as director of the Arlington, Va.-based Foreign Service Institute, told Government Executive that Secretary...

Justice Department Touts Rise in Gun Crime Charges

July 31, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday announced a 23 percent leap in federal charges against defendants illegally possessing firearms, a toughened approach in line with Trump administration priorities. “Violent crime is on the rise in many parts of this country, with 27 of our biggest 35 cities in the country...

Latest Tally on Agency Vacancies Not Flattering to Trump White House

July 31, 2017 The Trump administration has shown progress in accelerating the pace of nominations for key agency vacancies but still lags far behind the pace of recent presidential administrations, according to two nonprofits tracking Trump appointments. As President Trump approaches his 200th day in office (Aug. 7), he has nominated 255 people...

House Rejects Outsourcing of Federal Jobs in Vote to Block Revival of Circular A-76

July 28, 2017 The House on Thursday voted to continue a seven-year-old moratorium on public-private competition to perform certain federal jobs under the long-standing Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76. A bipartisan amendment by Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., attached to the fiscal 2018 Defense appropriations bill was approved 253-172. “The fundamental flaw...

White House Gives Ground on Agencies’ Selective Responses to Congressional Oversight Queries

July 28, 2017 The White House is no longer rigidly defending a Justice Department opinion that the Trump administration was using to instruct agencies to respond only to majority party committee chairmen when answering oversight questions. Giving some ground in an area that has been a bone of contention with Democratic lawmakers who...

GSA Names Hill Alumnus to Lead Public Buildings Service

July 28, 2017 This story has been updated with comment from former PBC commissioner Norman Dong. A long-time Capitol Hill staffer has been named commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, the General Services Administration announced on Friday. Dan Mathews for the past 14 years was staff director for a House Transportation and Infrastructure...

IRS Continued to Rehire Problem Employees Despite New Warning System

July 27, 2017 Despite promises to Congress, the Internal Revenue Service has yet to take advantage of a red-flag alert system designed to prevent it from rehiring past employees with blots on their records, a watchdog found. During the push to expand staff for the annual filing season, the tax agency is supposed...