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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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Labor Department criticized for abandoning citizenship checks

November 9, 2011 A year-old decision by the Labor Department to discontinue certain citizenship checks on employees of federal contractors is drawing fire from immigration reform groups, who view it as government "shirking" its responsibility to curb hiring of illegal workers. At issue is whether the Labor office that monitors contractor compliance with...

Agriculture secretary previews new reforms

November 9, 2011 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday will announce a batch of regulatory reforms designed to deliver services to farmers and ranchers "in a streamlined way" without sacrificing quality in his department's work. On the eve of a speech to the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in Kansas City, Mo., Vilsack...

State's IG and the Pipeline

November 8, 2011 With President Obama facing a politically agonizing choice over whether to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, the State Department's inspector general has agreed to a request from 14 lawmakers that his office probe the review process used at State to gauge the environmental impact of the...

Agency Chief Recusal

November 7, 2011 As one of the key agencies probing the recent bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is now pursuing the closely observed case without input from Chairman Gary Gensler. The Wall Street Journal noted on Monday that Gensler last week recused himself because of his longtime personal...

Justice rethinks planned changes to FOIA policy

November 7, 2011 The Justice Department's recent decision to back off planned changes in Freedom of Information Act procedures is being cheered by lawmakers and a coalition of government transparency nonprofits. In March, Justice proposed a rule that included provisions designed to protect confidentiality that would permit agency officials to deny the existence...

Someday All This Could Be Yours....

November 4, 2011 The federal government manages the nation's vastest portfolio of facilities, from office space to warehouses to bridges and utility systems. Just how vast was documented in a National Research Council report calling for new strategies for disposing of excess property and economizing on maintenance costs. Uncle Sam owns and leases...

Whistleblower protection bill clears House oversight panel

November 3, 2011 A key House panel on Thursday approved recently revived whistleblower protection legislation, building bipartisan momentum for expanding protections against retaliation to airport baggage handlers, national security employees and some federal contractors. The unanimous vote by 35 members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee moves the bill (H.R. 3289)...

Expanded data transparency bill clears House panel

November 3, 2011 A bill requiring agencies to post numbers on specific programs on government performance data websites cleared the House Oversight and Government Reform panel Thursday as an amendment to an earlier committee bill that would broaden requirements for posting government spending. The Government Results Transparency Act (H.R. 3262) "would build a...

Expanded data transparency bill clears House panel

November 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bill requiring agencies to post numbers on specific programs on government performance data websites cleared the House Oversight and Government Reform panel Thursday as an amendment to an earlier committee bill that would broaden requirements for posting government spending. The Government Results Transparency Act (H.R. 3262) "would build a...

Agencies blasted for ignoring contractor role in human trafficking

November 3, 2011 The State and Defense departments are doing too little to help prosecute criminals working for U.S. subcontractors who trick foreign nationals into indentured servitude and prostitution in and around Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, a House panel was told on Wednesday. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of desperate workers from nations such as...