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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 OMB Nominee Clears Two Senate Panels Along Party Lines

February 2, 2017 Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney, the Tea Party favorite from South Carolina, saw his nomination to be President Trump’s budget director clear two Senate panels on Thursday, each by a single vote. First the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved reporting Mulvaney’s nomination to the floor by a party-line...

Pentagon Watchdog Clears CENTCOM Intel Officers of ‘Cooking the Books’

February 1, 2017 Twenty months after charges surfaced that U.S. Central Command intelligence officers had falsified and distorted reports related to efforts to counter the Islamic State, the Pentagon inspector general’s office released an exhaustive report finding significant communications problems, but no malfeasance. The charges, first reported by Defense Intelligence Agency analysts to...

Inspectors General Worry About Hiring Freeze, Regulatory Cap

February 1, 2017 Inspectors general, fresh off of passage of a new law enhancing their powers, “are concerned a lot about the potential impact of [President Trump’s] hiring freeze,” Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz told a House panel on Wednesday. “OIG offices were hit particularly hard during sequestration and [that] had a significant...

SCOTUS Nominee Could Alter High Court’s View of Regulation

February 1, 2017 Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, may be the answer to the prayers of many Republicans in Congress who have embarked on a project of diluting agency authority on regulation. The generally pro-business judge currently on the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, differs from the late conservative...

House and Senate Prepare to Undo Obama Contractor Rule

January 31, 2017 Leaders in both the House and Senate on Monday made good on past pledges and introduced a joint resolution to block former President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule that the Republicans call a “blacklisting” of legitimate federal contractors. Obama’s 2014 executive order, intended to force contractors to disclose...

House Democrats Seek Background on Rumored Inspector General Firings

January 31, 2017 A rumored Trump administration plan to seek mass resignations among the 72 inspectors general—now reportedly abandoned—prompted two Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to ask the White House for an explanation. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the panel’s ranking member, and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., on Tuesday wrote to...

New Homeland Security Team Defends Rushed Response to Trump Directives

January 31, 2017 Since Friday night’s harried rollout of President Trump’s new anti-terrorism border enforcement directives, “interagency communication hasn’t been the best,” acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told a press conference on Tuesday. “But it will get better.” Appearing with a new and temporary team running the Homeland Security Department,...

Trump’s Lobbying Ban Draws Mixed Reviews From Ethics Groups

January 30, 2017 Following through on his pledge to “drain the swamp,” President Trump on Saturday signed an executive order on ethics that bans full-time political appointees from engaging in lobbying activities at their old agency for five years after leaving government. Superseding a similar document put out by President Obama in 2009,...

Trump Has Trouble Making Obamacare Ads Disappear

January 30, 2017 With just a day left for consumers to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a left-leaning digital advertising firm has stepped in to offset the Trump administration’s decision during its first week to cancel some Health and Human Services department ads encouraging potential enrollees to learn...

How Trump Plans to Slash Regulations by 75 Percent

January 27, 2017 When he issues pronouncements, President Trump isn’t always in sync with congressional Republicans, nor does he always appear to have a strategy. But in the case of his Jan. 23 promise to business leaders to cut regulations by 75 percent, Trump is drawing in part from the three regulatory reform...

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