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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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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...

GAO Will Probe ‘Fake Comments’ to Regulatory Agencies

January 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Weeks after news reports of a proliferation of “fake” public comments during regulatory rulemaking processes, Congress’s watchdog on Wednesday agreed to perform two related audits. In a letter to Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., the Government Accountability Office’s congressional liaison said the auditing body accepts the request that came last June...

Trump’s Pace of Naming Ambassadors Trails That of Predecessors

January 25, 2018 The high vacancy rate at top positions controlled by the Trump administration extends to the ambassadorial slots, though the White House and State Department can point to some recent progress. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 50-49—including a tie-breaking aye vote from Vice President Mike Pence—to confirm Kansas Republican Gov. Sam...

GAO Will Probe ‘Fake Comments’ to Regulatory Agencies

January 25, 2018 Weeks after news reports of a proliferation of “fake” public comments during regulatory rulemaking processes, Congress’s watchdog on Wednesday agreed to perform two related audits. In a letter to Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., the Government Accountability Office’s congressional liaison said the auditing body accepts the request that came last June...

Obama Grantmaking Reforms Are Thriving Under Trump, Officials Say

January 24, 2018 Reports of politicization notwithstanding, the Trump administration is continuing reforms to modernize grants management that started under Obama, two agency officials said Wednesday. The officials on a panel examining a new survey of grants managers portrayed the transition between the two presidential administrations as par for the course, when asked...

Consumer Protection Bureau Won't Be 'Pushing the Envelope' Anymore

January 24, 2018 Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director now doubling as acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, published an essay announcing “a new mission” for the controversial agency: it will stick to statutory authority, cost-benefit analysis and inclusion of credit “providers” as well as credit users. In a Wednesday...