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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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Senators Press State Dept. to Drop Hiring Freeze and Shine Light on Reorg Plan

December 7, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s ongoing but still vague redesign plan for the State Department drew fire this week from two groups of senators led by Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. In a Tuesday letter to Tillerson’s deputy, John Sullivan, Cardin teamed with Sen. Todd Young,...

Winners of 2017 Presidential Rank Awards Announced

December 6, 2017 The professional association for senior federal executives on Wednesday announced the winners of the prestigious Presidential Rank Awards, who will earn bonuses and be honored along with their 2016 counterparts at an all-day Dec. 7 leadership summit at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel. The 36 winners of the annual Distinguished Rank Awards...

Senators Press State Dept. to Drop Hiring Freeze and Shine Light on Reorg Plan

December 6, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s ongoing but still vague redesign plan for the State Department drew fire this week from two groups of senators led by Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. In a Tuesday letter to Tillerson’s deputy, John Sullivan, Cardin teamed with Sen. Todd Young,...

Military Services Failed to Report Hundreds of Criminal Fingerprint Records to FBI, Watchdog Finds

December 5, 2017 One month after an Air Force veteran with a history of violence killed 26 churchgoers in Sutherland, Texas, the Pentagon inspector general released a study showing that the military services failed to submit required fingerprint data to the FBI’s national database in hundreds of cases where service members had been...

Treasury Watchdog Probes Mnuchin's Handling of Tax Reform 'Study'

December 4, 2017 The inspector general for the Treasury Department confirmed last week that it has accepted the request by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., that it investigate Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s handling of a questioned staff study of the impact of the pending tax reform legislation. “It’s a top priority,” Rich Delmar, counsel to...

Depleted Export-Import Bank Hit With Another Vacancy

December 4, 2017 The controversial Export-Import Bank of the United States, whose business lending has been slowed by board vacancies and divisions in Congress, over the weekend lost its acting chairman and president. Obama administration holdover Charles Hall, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal as he prepared to exit, warned that...

Dodd and Frank Reunite to Defend Consumer Bureau's Succession Plan

December 1, 2017 The chief sponsors of the 2010 financial reform law that created the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau defended their handiwork on Thursday as legal and bureaucratic maneuvering continued over the issue of who is the agency’s true acting director. At the heart of the controversy is the proper interpretation of...

New Special Counsel Takes on Kellyanne Conway Hatch Act Probe

November 30, 2017 After just over a month in the job, the new head of the independent agency that investigates possible Hatch Act violations is presiding over a complaint involving White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. Office of Special Counsel chief Henry Kerner’s previous organization, however, has taken the position that ethics rules do...

Could a Resource-Strapped IRS Handle Tax Reform?

November 30, 2017 As Republican leaders in Congress work to push through a major tax overhaul before year’s end, there’s no indication they intend to reverse a six-year trend of funding cuts for the very agency that would have to implement their tax plan: the Internal Revenue Service. The $11.1 billion IRS budget...

Tillerson Fills In Some Details of the State Department’s Unfolding ‘Redesign’

November 29, 2017 Taking offense at accusations that he is “hollowing out” the State Department, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday praised the career employees he said are running the controversial “redesign” of his agency, fleshing out his team’s plan for new efficiencies and promising to modernize aging information technology. “I read...