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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Homeland Security Watchdog Takes on Issues Surrounding Trump's Wall

February 16, 2017 With President Trump continuing to talk up his long-promised wall across the border with Mexico, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general on Wednesday unveiled a multi-pronged plan to examine obstacles to securing the Southern frontier. John Roth took the opportunity at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing...

Justice Dept. Watchdog Asked to Wade Into Trump Intel Dispute

February 16, 2017 As controversy swirls over the Trump White House's relations with Russia and the recent firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the Justice Department’s independent inspector general is being asked to investigate recent leaks believed to have come from the intelligence community. “We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate...

Senate Clears Proponent of Workforce Cuts as Trump’s Budget Director

February 16, 2017 The Senate on Thursday approved President Trump’s candidate to lead the Office of Management and Budget, as the administration is reportedly drafting an executive order that will require agencies to identify programs and administrative functions that are duplicative and could be consolidated. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., got through in a...

Some Surprising Facts on the 'Swamp' and the Hiring Freeze

February 15, 2017 Political scientist John J. Dilulio Jr., who worked briefly in the George W. Bush White House, believes the ongoing debate over President Trump’s hiring freeze and vow to “drain the swamp” could use a more extremely vetted set of (nonalternative) facts. In a Feb. 13 blogpost for the Brookings Institution,...

GAO Expands List of Programs Vulnerable to Waste, Fraud and Abuse

February 15, 2017 The Government Accountability Office added three new items to its biennial list of high-risk federal programs, which it released to Congress on Wednesday. There’s some good news though: One important issue was removed from the high-risk list—the multi-agency effort to manage terrorism-related information—and progress on other programs over the last...

Faced with Vacancies, Trump Quietly Resets Justice Department Succession

February 14, 2017 In an executive order signed outside the media spotlight last week, President Trump undid his predecessor’s recently revised emergency succession plan for the Justice Department. The Feb. 9 order released on Friday lists three U.S. attorneys who would take over for the attorney general “during any period in which the...

Ethics Office Pressures White House to Discipline Kellyanne Conway

February 14, 2017 The head of the Office of Government Ethics on Monday wrote to his White House counterpart to press for discipline on President Trump’s special counselor Kellyanne Conway following her on-air plug from the White House press room encouraging viewers to buy fashion products to boost Ivanka Trump’s business. In a...

Secret Service Chief Clancy Announces Retirement

February 14, 2017 The Secret Service chief brought in by former President Obama to repair the agency following a string of incidents of agent misbehavior announced his retirement on Tuesday, Government Executive has confirmed. The move, announced first during a CNN interview and posted by the agency on Twitter, comes two years after...

Pentagon’s Audit Readiness Still a Work in Progress

February 13, 2017 For years, Pentagon financial staff and outside critics have kept 2017 on the radar as the target year for achieving clean internal books to help get the Defense Department’s auditability issues off the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk list. It appears the department has a lot of work left to achieve...

90-Day Federal Hiring Freeze Would Impact 19K Jobs, Consultant Estimates

February 13, 2017 President Trump’s order for a 90-day governmentwide hiring freeze to reduce the federal workforce through attrition will impact about 19,000 jobs, a consulting firm estimates. Kevin Plexico, vice president for research at Deltek, offered “back of the envelope” calculations in a Feb. 8 webinar to determine the overall number of...

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