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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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Labor Secretary Likens Department’s Job Centers to Match.com

January 25, 2016 Saturday’s broadcast of the NPR news quiz “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” featured Labor Secretary Thomas Perez describing his department’s 2,500 job centers nationwide as similar to Match.com. Perez was introduced by host Peter Sagal as the man for whom “technically, his job is all the jobs. What exactly to you...

Ex-Defense Chief to Presidential Candidates: Running Government Is Tougher Than It Looks

January 25, 2016 Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday took an implied swipe at some presidential candidates, saying, “People who have never run a governmental organization often have no idea how complicated it is and how difficult. For example, if you're a CEO, you don't have 535 members on your board of...

GSA Moves Closer to Picking a New FBI Headquarters

January 22, 2016 With Virginia and Maryland still battling to land the coming new FBI headquarters building, the General Services Administration on Friday announced a “phase two” of requests for proposals from bidders. The agency also has secured $1.4 billion in proposed funding in President Obama’s coming fiscal 2017 budget to replace the...

Federal Election Commissioner Aligns With Campaign Finance Reformers

January 22, 2016 A sitting Federal Election Commissioner on Thursday joined scholars and activists to declare the nation’s current campaign finance practices in crisis and in need of urgent reform since the proliferation of “dark money” following the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United. Ann Ravel, a Democratic appointee to the six-member...

EPA Official in Flint Region Will Resign by Feb. 1

January 22, 2016 The Great Lakes regional official who handled the Flint, Mich., water crisis for the Environmental Protection Agency tendered her resignation, the agency confirmed. Regional Administrator Susan Hedman offered to resign by Feb. 1. Recent emails have shown that Hedman was aware of the bankrupt city’s lead-contaminated water early last year...

Main Agency Involved in Oregon Land Standoff Rejects Charge of Amateurism

January 21, 2016 The Fish and Wild Service, whose employees have borne the brunt of troubles raised by the politicized occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, does not agree with a recent comment by a local rancher that questioned the professional qualifications of FWS’ regulatory staff. "Most of the time,...

When Workers Serve More Than One Employer, Protection Can Be Tricky

January 21, 2016 Noting that more and more American workers provide services to more than one employer, the Labor Department on Wednesday issued administrative guidance aimed at clarifying employers’ legal obligations toward employees under two major wage and hour laws. “Protecting workers in fissured workplaces – where there is increasingly the possibility that...

Homeland Security Touts Progress in Tracking Visa Overstays

January 20, 2016 At a time of skepticism in the government’s ability to track foreign visitors who might have links to terrorism, the Homeland Security Department on Tuesday released a long-expected report on entry and exit data and visa overstays. During fiscal 2015, efforts by Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs...

How One Group is Trying to Prevent Procrastination on Presidential Transition Planning

January 20, 2016 Exactly one year before the next inauguration, a major good-government group on Wednesday announced the formation of a unique and permanent resource center on presidential transitions. The announcement comes as a surfeit of well-financed candidates creates more than the usual uncertainty about eventual nominees. The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service,...

EPA Accused of Inaction as Michigan Water Crisis Loomed

January 19, 2016 As the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., continues unfolding, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has been accused of failing to take action early enough. The absence of controls against corrosion after Flint in 2014 switched water sources from the Detroit system to the Flint River was known to federal...

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