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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Ethics Office Hits Trump Appointees With New Compliance Form

May 12, 2017 In the latest move in its wrestling match with the White House, the Office of Government Ethics on Thursday introduced a new ethics certification form for Cabinet secretaries and other appointees requiring Senate confirmation. As first reported by NPR, OGE Deputy Director Dale Christopher wrote to all agency designated ethics...

There’s Little Evidence to Back White House Claim of Poor Morale at FBI

May 11, 2017 With official Washington consumed by President Trump’s surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey, the top oversight chairman in the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday asked the Justice Department inspector general to add the matter to an ongoing investigation of the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah,...

Pentagon Financial Office Not Complying with Improper Payments Law, Watchdog Finds

May 11, 2017 A required audit of Defense Department compliance with both the 2002 and 2010 improper payments laws found shortfalls in five of six key areas, according to a new Pentagon inspector general report. Those laws require the Pentagon comptroller to publish an annual financial statement according to the Office of Management...

Weather Service Employees File Unfair Labor Charge Over Restrictions on Social Media Use

May 10, 2017 A Commerce Department directive from March that laid out restrictions on employees’ personal use of social media has prompted the National Weather Service Employees Organization to file an unfair labor practices complaint. In a charge document submitted Monday to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, NWSEO General Counsel Richard Hirn argued...

Census Chief Resigns Amid Ongoing Political Crossfire

May 10, 2017 After just under four years as Census Bureau director, John Thompson on Tuesday announced his retirement effective June 30—right in the middle of a battle in Congress over funding for the 2020 big count. “My tenure at the Census Bureau has been a richly rewarding capstone to my federal career,”...

Lawmakers Blast HHS Gag Order as Harmful to Whistleblowers

May 9, 2017 In another sign of tension between the Trump administration and congressional protectors of whistleblowers, two key Republican lawmakers have sent the Health and Human Services secretary a warning that a memo from his staff shortchanges the right to disclose wrongdoing to Congress. The May 4 letter to Secretary Tom Price...

SAMMIE Award Finalists Lauded at Public Service Week Breakfast

May 9, 2017 Together, specialists at the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency blocked a now-notorious scheme by Volkswagen to evade emission standards, helping secure a record $17.4 billion in legal settlements and advancing efforts to curb air pollution. They were joined on Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning by other federal employees who...

Conservative Legal Group Sues Agencies Over Details on Trump Security Spending

May 9, 2017 A conservative legal and transparency advocacy group on Monday filed suit against the Defense and Homeland Security departments to obtain details on the travel costs incurred by President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Judicial Watch, which for years filed high-visibility Freedom of Information Act requests...

EPA Employees, Unions and Scientists Upset at Science Board Firings

May 8, 2017 Friday’s report that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is “considering” replacing academic scientists on an advisory review board with industry representatives prompted anguish and criticism from employees and outside science groups. As reported by The New York Times, five members of the Board of Scientific Counselors were told they...

IRS Disagrees with Watchdog’s Diagnosis on Improper Payments

May 8, 2017 Ongoing efforts by the Internal Revenue Service to minimize erroneous payments for various tax credits remain an at unacceptable risk level, a watchdog found. Estimated improper payments for the additional child tax credit and the American opportunity tax credit exceed the statutory criteria “for a significant risk of improper payments...

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