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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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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...

IGs Band Together for a Common Website to Share Results of Investigations

October 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Monday morning brought the launch of the first-ever one-stop shopping website for users seeking inspector general reports. Oversight.gov, announced by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, brings together past and brand-new reports from the 73 agency IGs (minus a half-dozen for the intelligence community, whose reports...

IGs Band Together for a Common Website to Share Results of Investigations

October 2, 2017 Monday morning brought the launch of the first-ever one-stop shopping website for users seeking inspector general reports. Oversight.gov, announced by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, brings together past and brand-new reports from the 73 agency IGs (minus a half-dozen for the intelligence community, whose reports...

Fast-Approaching Vacancy Act Deadline Puts Some Pressure on Trump to Speed Up Appointments

September 29, 2017 After eight-plus months in office, President Trump’s transition effort continues to lag behind those of past chief executives in filling key agency jobs and that may not change despite an approaching deadline under a law limiting the duration of time acting officials can lead agencies. Though the rules under the...

Democratic Senators Implore EPA Chief to Protect Superfund Dollars

September 29, 2017 Despite presiding over some of the harshest budget cuts in the Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 spending proposals, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has spoken often of making the cleanup of Superfund sites a priority. But recent news reports indicate that he actually is considering slicing $20 million that EPA...

HHS Secretary Will Reimburse Taxpayers for Charter Flights—But Only For Cost of His Seat

September 28, 2017 With controversy swirling over his use of private charter aircraft for official travel at taxpayer expense, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price late Thursday announced that he will halt such flights, cooperate with investigators and reimburse the U.S. Treasury for past such expenses with a personal check. But he...

Special Counsel Office Touts Settlements in Pregnancy Discrimination, Veterans Preference Cases

September 28, 2017 Acting leaders at the Office of Special Counsel have pressed on with settlements in a variety of cases involving violations of the Whistleblower Protection Act. The independent investigative agency, which has been stressing its efforts at accelerated, alternative dispute resolution, on Thursday highlighted five recent settlements between parties that provided...

Departing DEA Chief Was Not a Fan of Trump's Get-Tough Rhetoric

September 27, 2017 Drug Enforcement Administration employees on Tuesday received a surprise email wishing them well, written by their acting boss of two years, Chuck Rosenberg. The Obama appointee who had been running the agency since 2015 will leave Oct.1, the agency confirmed to Government Executive, reacting to a story first reported by...