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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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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...

Treasury Secretary Cleared of Criticism He Misused Flights on Military Transport

October 6, 2017 After weeks of media coverage suggesting he unnecessarily used military transport for travel, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday got a clean bill of health from the department’s inspector general. Following a review of seven questioned flights that was twice-expanded in September, Treasury Inspector General Counsel Rich Delmar on Oct....

IRS’s Controversial Review of Nonprofits Was Broader Than Reported, IG Says

October 5, 2017 Offering new information on an old controversy, a watchdog on Thursday painted an altered image of the Internal Revenue Service’s much-disputed past scrutiny of nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration—whose 2013 report on nonprofits triggered a major political battle in Congress over alleged political bias—released...

New Analysis Counters Claim that Federal Workforce Grew in Recent Years

October 5, 2017 The perpetual quest for the right size of an effective U.S. government should start with a realistic inventory of the “blended workforce” of civil servants, contractors and grant recipients, a scholar of government argued in a new pair of papers with fresh research. “Most experts agree that the federal leadership...

Survey: Federal Senior Execs Lack Sufficient Authority to Drive Change

October 4, 2017 Career leaders filling the government’s 9,100 senior executive positions harbor strong hopes for agency reform, but express worry about an ineffective recruitment pipeline and insufficient authority to drive positive change, according to a survey released on Wednesday. Only 22 percent feel their agency is well prepared to retain top talent,...

CIA Director Vows to Slash Bureaucratic 'Vines,' Lauds Republican Predecessors

October 4, 2017 Citing inspiration from his Republican predecessors, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that his agency needs to “remove bureaucratic barriers” that prevent operations officers from making quick decisions in an era when national security threats require intelligence agencies to be nimble and agile. “Our adversaries don’t spend a lot of...

Trump Innovation Chief Foresees Shared Services as Restoring Citizen Trust

October 3, 2017 The time is “ripe” for agencies to deliver dramatic change in how they satisfy customers through the efficiency vehicle of shared services, Matt Lira, special assistant to the president for innovation policy and initiatives, said on Tuesday. “I truly believe shared services will be a cure for the public’s lack...

Trump Team's Travel Woes Unlikely to Go Away Soon

October 3, 2017 Just days after the White House budget director issued a memo requiring Trump Cabinet officials to ease up on taxpayer-funded air travel, more developments unfolded to suggest that the controversy is apt to continue. Amidst Friday’s drama that brought the forced resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price...