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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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Trump Arrives in Time to Gain Influence Over Broadcasting Board

January 3, 2017 The Broadcasting Board of Governors, whose management structure and complaint-prone workforce produced years of conflict, has embarked on a statutorily mandated reorganization just in time for influence from the incoming Trump administration. President Obama on Dec. 23 signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which contained a long-discussed provision to replace...

Trump Transition Sought Data for Building Border Walls

January 3, 2017 The Trump transition team early last month approached the Homeland Security Department for a panoply of documents and cost data related to building walls at both the southern and northern U.S. borders. As reported Tuesday by Reuters, President-elect Donald Trump’s staff, in a Dec. 5 meeting with DHS officials, also...

EPA Employees Didn't Intentionally Break the Law With Use of Instant Messages, Says Watchdog

December 23, 2016 Widespread reliance on instant messages by senior Environmental Protection Agency employees did not produce intentional violations of the Federal Records Act, though procedural improvements are needed, a watchdog found. The Dec. 21 EPA inspector general report requested in 2014 by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space...

Will Trump Bring Back Outsourcing and A-76?

December 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President-elect Donald Trump’s recent choice for budget director had been in Congress only six months in 2011 when he waded into the perennially divisive debate over what tasks on the government agenda can be performed by outside contractors. “I have been approached by several small businesses that have had their...

Will Trump Bring Back Outsourcing and A-76?

December 22, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s recent choice for budget director had been in Congress only six months in 2011 when he waded into the perennially divisive debate over what tasks on the government agenda can be performed by outside contractors. “I have been approached by several small businesses that have had their...

Trump Can't Actually Cancel Federal Contracts on a Whim

December 21, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump's recent conjuring of Tweet storms fomented uncertainty in the contractor world as he threatened to force changes on major defense deals involving the modernizing of Air Force One and the F-35 joint strike fighter. And, as revealed during the presidential campaign, Trump has a longtime reputation for...

Why the NSA Inspector General Lost His Job (and Wants It Back)

December 16, 2016 In a little-noticed move earlier this year, George Ellard was removed from his position as the inspector general at the National Security Agency. It turns out the dismissal can be traced to the the first major use of whistleblower protection provisions included in a 2012 presidential directive. As first reported...

GOP Senators Hit IRS Employees for 'Luxury' Travel, Limo and Acela Rides

December 15, 2016 With some employees on the road for more than 200 business days per year, the Internal Revenue Service needs to better follow federal guidelines and scale back per diem rates, said a report from Senate Finance Committee Republicans released on Thursday. “Committee staff saw example after example of routine Amtrak...

Many in 'Cynical' Electorate OK With Big Government If Reformed

December 15, 2016 The angry, divided American public has an increasing appetite for government reform, though the closeness of November’s vote between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton bodes ill for consensus on whether or not government should be pared back, a new study found. Shifts in attitudes among different voter segments in recent...

Trump’s Unorthodox Transition Leaves Government In Uncharted Territory

December 15, 2016 Earlier this week, with 38 days to go until the inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump had named 10 individuals to his Cabinet, putting his transition “well ahead of any modern administration,” Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday. Speaking just before Trump announced three additional Cabinet selections—ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson...