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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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CBO Chief Defends Agency Methods Against Republican Attacks

August 28, 2017 The Congressional Budget Office, which has been threatened with staff cuts by Republican lawmakers upset with its forecasts on the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is pushing back against its critics. Keith Hall, the Republican-appointed director of the nonpartisan arm of Congress, wrote a letter...

State Department Shuts Down Online Employee Idea Forum

August 25, 2017 At the end of August, State Department employees will lose access to the in-house employee online forum called Sounding Board, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s staff announced in a departmentwide email on Aug. 17. Employees were told to archive any previous discussion items of interest because the past content will...

Yet Another Lawsuit Demands Greater Transparency at EPA

August 24, 2017 A Charlottesville, Va.-based environmental legal group on Wednesday became the latest outsider to take the Environmental Protection Agency to court over its alleged lax compliance with Freedom of Information Act obligations. The Southern Environmental Law Center, which for 30 years has litigated on behalf of citizens in six states, filed...

GAO Chief Dismisses 'Legend' that Agencies Can’t Escape High-Risk List

August 23, 2017 The Government Accountability Office’s oft-dreaded high-risk list “has become one of the longest-running good-government-supporting efforts in our history,” Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said on Wednesday during a discussion praising the biennial report card on agencies’ problematic programs and challenges. In recent years, Congress has enacted 12 laws built around the...

Trump’s Pivot on Afghanistan Follows Bleak Battlefield Reports

August 22, 2017 In the run-up to President Trump’s Monday night announcement of a stepped-up military effort to stabilize Afghanistan came several inspector general reports that paint a bleak picture of stalled progress by U.S. and Afghan warfighters in defeating the Taliban. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ comment to Congress in June that “we...

OMB Steers Agency R&D Budgets Toward Security, ‘Energy Dominance’

August 22, 2017 Agencies preparing their fiscal 2019 research and development budgets should focus on national security and energy dominance while improving interagency coordination, according to Office of Management and Budget guidance. An Aug. 17 memo to agency heads from Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Michael Kratsios, the deputy assistant to the president...

'Every Leak Makes Us Weak' Campaign Runs Risk of Discouraging Legitimate Disclosures

August 21, 2017 Wall posters at the Energy Department‘s headquarters warn employees that “Every leak makes us weak.” The campaign forms part of the governmentwide “insider threat” program aimed at deterring release of classified information, but whistleblower advocates are crying foul, pointing to the posters’ failure to distinguish between illegal leaking and employees’...

A Whistleblower’s Guide for the Trump Era

August 14, 2017 The federal whistleblower community in recent years has seen an array of new laws, headline cases and bipartisan calls from lawmakers for new protections. Whether its members turn out to be misguided attention-seekers or brave souls risking their jobs (and peace of mind) to call out waste, fraud or abuse,...

State Department Confronts North Korea With Rows of Vacant Positions

August 11, 2017 The rising tensions between President Trump and the missile-launching government of North Korea are playing out with a State Department that continues to operate with corridors of unfilled leadership jobs. The Trump White House has made only a third of the nominations needed to fill 130 key jobs at the...

Trump Agency Reforms Are Called the Most Exciting Opportunity in Years

August 9, 2017 Though their written plans remain shrouded from public view, agency officials charged by the Trump White House with making government more efficient say they are “excited” about what they see as a rare opportunity for systemic and lasting change to government operations. Speaking Wednesday in Washington at the “first annual...