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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 Nominates Justice Dept. Attorney to Be Intel Community Watchdog

November 3, 2017 President Trump on Thursday announced his selection of Maryland attorney Michael Atkinson to be the inspector general of the 17-agency intelligence community, which has been undergoing changes in its whistleblower protection program. The position has been held on a part-time, acting basis by Wayne Stone since the departure in March...

House Democrats Go to Court for Trump Hotel Documents

November 2, 2017 Nearly one year after the surprise election victory of a presidential candidate who also owns the lease to a major Washington hotel, a dozen Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel have filed a lawsuit against the General Services Administration to obtain documents on the hotel’s operations and...

Ex-Diplomats Balk at Trump’s Nominee to Lead Foreign Service

November 2, 2017 Nearly three weeks after President Trump’s nomination of an Indiana economics official with State Department experience to run the Foreign Service, some big names in the community of retired diplomats are giving him a thumbs-down. Stephen Akard, an associate of Vice President Mike Pence during his days as Indiana governor,...

There’s One Thing Both Sides in the Debate Over Privatizing Air Traffic Control Can Agree On

November 1, 2017 As the House prepares to take up a major overhaul of the air traffic control system, representatives of the aviation industry, labor and government on Wednesday butted heads on the long-debated issue of whether to spin off the system into a private nonprofit. They agreed only that Congress’s failure to...

Evidence-Based Policy Principles Take Legislative Form

November 1, 2017 In a follow-through on one of the 115th Congress’s rare bipartisan initiatives, key House and Senate members on Tuesday unveiled a bill to implement recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, which issued its congressionally mandated report on Sept. 7. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.,...

Trump Officials Rebuff GAO Auditors

November 1, 2017 As Congress’s nonpartisan auditing arm, the Government Accountability Office for nearly a century has enjoyed access to agencies’ staffs for interviews and documents that facilitate the watchdog’s work evaluating spending and programs. But in two recent reports, sober-toned GAO narrators described how Trump administration officials took the unusual step of...

Trump’s GSA Nominee Gets One Step Closer to Confirmation

October 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Emily Murphy, the longtime congressional staff procurement specialist who is President Trump’s nominee to lead the General Services Administration, won approval on Monday night from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In a business meeting held off camera near the Senate floor, the senators on the panel unanimously...

Trump’s GSA Nominee Gets One Step Closer to Confirmation

October 31, 2017 Emily Murphy, the longtime congressional staff procurement specialist who is President Trump’s nominee to lead the General Services Administration, won approval on Monday night from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In a business meeting held off camera near the Senate floor, the senators on the panel unanimously...

Is Your Office Secure? Not Necessarily If You Work at These 4 Agencies

October 30, 2017 Ever since the 1995 terrorist bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, all agencies have been required to meet facility vulnerability standards based on risk assessments of such threats as shootings, arson, vandalism and explosions. But four agencies have fallen behind on keeping their countermeasures fully aligned with the...

Justice Settles with Conservative Groups That Sued IRS Claiming Targeting

October 27, 2017 In another sign of a fadeout of the four-year controversy over alleged political bias at the Internal Revenue Service, the Justice Department on Thursday announced that it had entered into settlements in two cases brought by conservative groups that claimed they were targeted for delays in their applications for nonprofit...