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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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EPA Watchdog Launches Probe of Administrator’s Travel

August 29, 2017 In the six months he has been on the job, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has made frequent trips to his home state of Oklahoma. On Monday, EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins confirmed that his office has launched an investigation of Pruitt’s travel spending, and also referred the case...

Harvey’s Devastation Brings New Attention to Troubled Flood Insurance Program

August 28, 2017 It’s been six months since President Trump’s "skinny budget" proposed cutting $190 million from the flood-hazard mapmaking line item in the National Flood Insurance Program. Now, with Hurricane Harvey inundating thousands of homes in Texas, lawmakers who had shared the White House view may be reconsidering whether, as the Trump...

Harvey’s Devastation Brings New Attention to Troubled Flood Insurance Program

August 28, 2017 It’s been six months since President Trump’s “skinny budget” proposed cutting $190 million from the flood-hazard mapmaking line item in the National Flood Insurance Program. Now, with Hurricane Harvey inundating thousands of homes in Texas, lawmakers who had shared the White House view may be reconsidering whether, as the Trump...

CBO Chief Defends Agency Methods Against Republican Attacks

August 28, 2017 The Congressional Budget Office, which has been threatened with staff cuts by Republican lawmakers upset with its forecasts on the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is pushing back against its critics. Keith Hall, the Republican-appointed director of the nonpartisan arm of Congress, wrote a letter...

State Department Shuts Down Online Employee Idea Forum

August 25, 2017 At the end of August, State Department employees will lose access to the in-house employee online forum called Sounding Board, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s staff announced in a departmentwide email on Aug. 17. Employees were told to archive any previous discussion items of interest because the past content will...

Yet Another Lawsuit Demands Greater Transparency at EPA

August 24, 2017 A Charlottesville, Va.-based environmental legal group on Wednesday became the latest outsider to take the Environmental Protection Agency to court over its alleged lax compliance with Freedom of Information Act obligations. The Southern Environmental Law Center, which for 30 years has litigated on behalf of citizens in six states, filed...

GAO Chief Dismisses 'Legend' that Agencies Can’t Escape High-Risk List

August 23, 2017 The Government Accountability Office’s oft-dreaded high-risk list “has become one of the longest-running good-government-supporting efforts in our history,” Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said on Wednesday during a discussion praising the biennial report card on agencies’ problematic programs and challenges. In recent years, Congress has enacted 12 laws built around the...

Trump’s Pivot on Afghanistan Follows Bleak Battlefield Reports

August 22, 2017 In the run-up to President Trump’s Monday night announcement of a stepped-up military effort to stabilize Afghanistan came several inspector general reports that paint a bleak picture of stalled progress by U.S. and Afghan warfighters in defeating the Taliban. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ comment to Congress in June that “we...

OMB Steers Agency R&D Budgets Toward Security, ‘Energy Dominance’

August 22, 2017 Agencies preparing their fiscal 2019 research and development budgets should focus on national security and energy dominance while improving interagency coordination, according to Office of Management and Budget guidance. An Aug. 17 memo to agency heads from Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Michael Kratsios, the deputy assistant to the president...

'Every Leak Makes Us Weak' Campaign Runs Risk of Discouraging Legitimate Disclosures

August 21, 2017 Wall posters at the Energy Department‘s headquarters warn employees that “Every leak makes us weak.” The campaign forms part of the governmentwide “insider threat” program aimed at deterring release of classified information, but whistleblower advocates are crying foul, pointing to the posters’ failure to distinguish between illegal leaking and employees’...