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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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Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Calls for Interagency Coordination

September 7, 2017 In one of the era’s few bipartisan governing initiatives, the congressionally impaneled Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking on Thursday called for creation of a new National Secure Data Service, improved legal protections of privacy and greater coordination of agency data sets by the Office of Management and Budget. Mandated under a...

Leadership Vacancies Have Slowed Security Clearance Reform, Officials Say

September 6, 2017 The Trump administration’s relatively slow pace in filling vacancies during the transition has placed the interagency effort to reform security clearance processing “in a bit of a bind in terms of facilitating leadership,” the nation’s top counterintelligence chief said on Wednesday. Nonetheless, the intelligence community, which Congress has tasked with...

Social Security Paid Disability Benefits to More Than 700 Deceased Veterans

September 5, 2017 The Social Security Administration paid out nearly $38 million in disability insurance payments to 746 deceased veterans, the agency's inspector general found, because the deaths had not been properly recorded in the agency’s databases. Unless Social Security corrects its records, it will likely make another $7.3 million in improper payments...

Best-Selling Author Takes on Trump’s Rocky Transition

September 5, 2017 Celebrity author Michael Lewis, whose influential financial titles include “Moneyball,” “The Big Short” and “The Blind Side,” is immersing himself in President Trump’s handling of the change in administrations. At this weekend’s National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Library of Congress, Lewis was asked about his next...

Trump’s Nominee to Run GSA Is Respected Republican Hill Staffer

September 5, 2017 The Capitol Hill veteran President Trump nominated to run the General Services Administration would bring experience in procurement, technology and small-business policy to the job, though she has never managed a large staff. Friday’s announcement from the White House noted that Emily Murphy, who is currently senior adviser to acting...

Trump Deregulation Expands to Workplace Fatalities, Gender Pay

September 1, 2017 In evaluating agency programs, the Trump administration is continuing its predecessor's emphasis on “evidence-based” decision making. But when it comes to requiring data reporting from the private sector, its agenda assigns a higher priority to easing the regulatory burden on companies. The past week brought trims in Obama administration industry...

Chemical Safety Board Will Send Investigators to Houston to Probe Explosions

September 1, 2017 The tiny independent Chemical Safety Board—one of the 19 agencies President Trump has sought to abolish—on Thursday began probing a flood-related chemical fire and explosion just outside Houston. At the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, just after midnight early Thursday, a pressurized vat holding decomposing liquid organic peroxide caught fire...

Fewer Taxpayers Fall Prey to Identity Thieves, IRS Chief Says

August 31, 2017 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday highlighted a welcome drop in the number of identity theft cases victimizing tax filers. In the first five months of 2017, he told an IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Las Vegas, 96,000 fewer victims were reported than in 2015, a drop of 47...

GSA’s Management of Trump Hotel Lease Under Review by Agency Watchdog

August 30, 2017 Controversy over the lease arrangement between the General Services Administration and the Trump International Hotel in Washington continues, with GSA’s inspector general office confirming Wednesday that it has opened an examination of the agency’s handling of the lease. “Our Office of Inspections has initiated an evaluation of GSA’s management and...

None of the 19 Agencies Trump Sought to Abolish Appears in Danger

August 30, 2017 The Trump White House surprised many back in March when its “skinny budget” proposed streamlining government by zeroing out funding for 19 small agencies that candidate Trump never mentioned during the 2016 presidential campaign. They included everything from perennial targets of the right, such as the National Endowment for the...