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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Trump Nominees’ Complex Finances Slow Vetting Process

March 14, 2017 The Office of Government Ethics last week assembled a progress report comparing the Trump administration’s rate of nominations with those of the Obama administration eight years ago. It’s not a favorable picture for the White House and suggests the new administration has a long way to go before it will...

Majority of Agencies Have Fallen Behind on Updating FOIA Rules

March 14, 2017 This story has been updated with comment from the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy, Nine months after President Obama signed a major reform of the Freedom of Information Act, a new survey shows that only 38 of 99 agencies have updated their rules, according to the private nonprofit National...

Trump Regulatory Reform Should Focus on Smarter Rules, Analysts Say

March 13, 2017 As agencies take up President Trump’s push for regulatory reform, they should take cues from foreign governments that have learned to “regulate smarter” and exploit digital technology, a new paper argues. “How we regulate, not just what we regulate, will likely be the critical determinant of success or failure” of...

Controversy Over Obama Contractor Safe Workplaces Rule Won’t End With Its Repeal

March 13, 2017 President Trump is likely to sign a repeal of the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule any day, but controversy over contractor disclosure requirements could linger. Already one tiny agency appears willing to row against the tide of repeal. The independent Chemical Safety Board on March 1 voted...

GAO Weighs in on the State of Federal Contracting

March 10, 2017 Contractors working with major federal agencies delivered $438 billion in products and services in fiscal 2015, a 24 percent decrease from fiscal 2011, according to a wide-ranging roundup from the Government Accountability Office. The 66-page report titled “Contracting Data Analysis: Assessment of Government-wide Trends” said the drop-off occurred mostly at...

Ethics Office Challenges Claim That Many Rules Don't Apply to White House Staff

March 10, 2017 The Office of Government Ethics on Thursday expressed displeasure with a White House decision not to discipline presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway as well as its deputy counsel’s assertion that many ethics requirements for the executive branch do not apply to White House staff. OGE Director Walter Shaub wrote to deputy...

Senior Executives Leader Calls for Selective Pause in Hiring Freeze

March 9, 2017 Citing President Trump’s recent statement that he may not fill all vacant top agency jobs, the Senior Executives Association on Thursday asked for a selective pause in the hiring freeze. The freeze announced by Trump in January, “coupled with other factors such as natural attrition, the presidential transition and limited...

Legal Battle over Trump Hotel Lease Ropes in D.C. Restaurateurs

March 9, 2017 Neither the private Trump Organization nor the General Services Administration are talking publicly about still-unresolved issues surrounding President Trump’s unusual lease arrangement at the federally-owned building housing the Trump International Hotel. So late Wednesday, a team of attorneys concerned about the president’s “unprecedented” deal in which, they say, he is...

A Pioneering Woman in Government, By Any Analytical Measure

March 8, 2017 In the early 1960s, few women occupied high positions in government, fewer in the field of economics and fewer still who didn’t have a post-graduate degree. Dorothy Rice, who died late last month at age 94, was all three. As captured in recent Washington Post and New York Times obituaries,...

Weather Service Employees ‘Shocked’ by Reported Budget Cuts

March 8, 2017 This story has been updated with a statement from a National Weather Service spokeswoman. Reports that the Trump White House budget office plans major cuts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have left employees “in the stages of grief, denial and little shocked,” a union leader told Government Executive....

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