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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's GSA Nominee Wins Bipartisan Praise

October 18, 2017 President Trump’s nominee to head the General Services Administration encountered a relative lovefest during her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, with senators of both parties applauding her 20-year background in federal procurement that includes time at GSA itself. “I can’t imagine someone more qualified for this position,” said Sen. Claire...

State Department and White House Out of Sync on Federal Register

October 18, 2017 In a bid for transparency, the Trump administration has taken the unusual approach of publishing national security memos in the Federal Register. With a notable exception. As Steven Aftergood, author of the “Secrecy Blog” for the Federation of American Scientists, noted in a Monday commentary, Trump’s June 16 National Security...

CIA Watchdog Nominee Denies Charges of Whistleblower Retaliation

October 17, 2017 Christopher Sharpley, the acting CIA watchdog whom President Trump has nominated to be permanent inspector general, on Tuesday expressed skepticism about revelations by a whistleblower advocacy group that there are three outstanding cases alleging retaliation by his office. On Monday the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight published an article by...

Trump’s Nominee for Drug Czar Withdraws

October 17, 2017 In an early-morning tweet on Tuesday, President Trump announced that Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., the man he nominated in September to run the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, had pulled out. "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug...

Expose on DEA Opioid Policy Prompts Repeal Bill from Senator

October 16, 2017 A Democratic senator on Monday reacted to a weekend expose on loosened enforcement against unlawful distributors of opioids by introducing a bill to repeal a 2016 law that trimmed the prosecutorial powers of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., announced her coming bill to repeal the Ensuring Patient...

House Moves Bills Enhancing Whistleblower Protections

October 13, 2017 The House this week approved three bipartisan whistleblower protection bills long sought by advocates to hold accountable supervisors who retaliate against employees who report mismanagement or wrongdoing and to enhance training. On its way to President Trump’s desk is the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 585), passed by...

Conferees Will Determine Fate of Defense Bill Provision to Deter Frivolous Contractor Bid Protests

October 13, 2017 As House and Senate negotiators prepare to meet and forge the final version of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill, one of many issues to be resolved involves the costs of contractor bid protests. Long concerned about costly weapons system schedule delays from prolonged protests by unsuccessful bidders, senators, as...

Agency Wordsmiths' Writing Regressed Last Year, Study Finds

October 12, 2017 The sixth annual Federal Plain Language report card released on Thursday revealed a drop in agencies’ use of clear English, with overall grades dropping at more than half of the agencies assessed. Of 21 agencies reviewed, 11 agencies saw their scores decline from the previous year, and just six saw...

The Curious Case of a ‘National Laboratory’ That Collected Excess Federal Equipment

October 12, 2017 A mysterious nonprofit known as Northridge National Laboratory, based in a Milwaukee suburb, for years used the government’s excess property disposal program to acquire computer hard drives, laptops, microscopes, medical beds, a seismograph and even vehicles. The problem? Northridge doesn’t appear to be the ongoing scientific enterprise it claims to...

Trump Transition Declined Some Ethics Advice, Rejected Some GAO Interviews

October 11, 2017 The Trump pre-inaugural transition team had its financial books in order, but got a late start in tapping government expertise on ethics arrangements, according to a Government Accountability Office review requested by Democratic lawmakers and released on Tuesday. Auditors for the congressional watchdog, examining how the Trump team operated within...