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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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Justice Department Settles ‘Final’ Case in IRS Targeting Dispute

February 2, 2018 The Justice Department, in what a spokesman called the “final settlement” in a series of cases accusing the Internal Revenue Service of political bias, on Thursday announced an agreement with a pro-Israel nonprofit called Z Street. Reflecting the signing of a consent order by Acting Internal Revenue Commissioner David Kautter,...

CBO Delivers More Grim Fiscal News That Could Irk Congress

February 1, 2018 Congress’s resident Cassandra, officially the Congressional Budget Office, reported on Wednesday that lower-than-projected revenue receipts added to the budget deficit and accelerated the day of reckoning for lawmakers to raise the debt ceiling. The nonpartisan arm of Congress—which has come under attack from Republicans in recent years for its estimates...

EPA Chief Promises Democratic Senators Some Missing Answers

January 31, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt emerged from a Senate hearing on Tuesday with garlands of praise from Republicans but some unfinished business with skeptical Democrats. Pruitt’s first appearance before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee since his confirmation was characterized as long overdue by ranking member Sen. Tom...

Consumer Bureau's Structure Is Constitutional, Appeals Court Rules

January 31, 2018 In a break for creators of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an appeals court on Wednesday reversed a previous ruling and declared the independent structure of the controversial agency to be constitutional. The full U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit overruled a September 2016 decision by its...

Trump’s Message to Feds: 'A New American Moment' and Tougher Accountability

January 30, 2018 In his first State of the Union address, President Trump on Tuesday night declared “a new American moment” in a call for unity that also pushed for greater authority to fire federal employees who “fail the American people.” He combined his review of first-year economic accomplishments, which he called record-breaking,...

Special Counsel Hits VA for Patient Neglect, Unsanitary Conditions, Contractor Self Dealing

January 30, 2018 This story has been updated with comments from VA. The Veterans Affairs Department last week was hit by three highly critical letters of referral to Congress and the president in whistleblower cases probed by the Office of Special Counsel. The separate cases documented staff failures at VA medical centers to...

Trump Team’s Evidence-Based Policy Efforts Lauded by Nonprofit Partner

January 29, 2018 The nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center, which inherited the tasks of the expired congressionally appointed Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, is expressing optimism that the Trump administration is taking the approach seriously. Congress is moving forward on legislation implementing 10 of the commission’s 22 recommendations laid out last fall, and agencies are...

Surprise Poll Finding: Government Should Do More to Help People

January 29, 2018 In a clear break from recent polling, a new survey has found that as many as 58 percent of Americans want the government to do more to “solve problems and help meet the needs of people.” Only 38 percent agreed with the statement that “Government is doing too many things...

Trump Regulatory Chief Lauds Career Staff for Paring Back Rules

January 26, 2018 Far from being dictated to by industry lobbyists, career staff at regulatory agencies are “coming up with fresh ideas and being very helpful” in implementing President Trump’s regulatory reform effort, Neomi Rao, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, said on Friday. “I have very strong...

Chemical Safety Board Accused of Holding Secret Off-Site Meetings

January 26, 2018 The chairman and members of the Chemical Safety Board have been conducting “off-site” meetings with limited staff, union members and consultants that might violate sunshine rules against deliberating in secret, according to a complaint to the Environmental Protection Agency inspector general’s hotline. Members of the five-member board (there is one...