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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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Defense Bill Stripped of Language Overturning Contractor Executive Orders

November 30, 2016 The election of Donald Trump had a surprise impact on this month’s House-Senate conference meetings on the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. One of the main sticking points in the bill was whether to include House language on contractor “religious freedom” introduced in May by Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla.,...

Watchdog to Merit Board: Improve Records of Whistleblower Appeals

November 29, 2016 A spike in the number of “individual right of action” whistleblower appeals in recent years has overtaxed the tracking software used by the Merit Systems Protection Board, a watchdog found, threatening the independent agency’s capacity to measure its performance in handling cases of workplace reprisal. Since passage of the 2012...

Science and Academic Groups Implore Trump to Name White House Adviser

November 29, 2016 The week before the presidential election, Scientific American magazine published a list of comments from Republican candidate Donald Trump that the editors deemed “shockingly ignorant” on such topics as climate change, fracking, the Ebola virus and vaccines. Now, three weeks after Trump’s victory, leaders of 29 scientific and academic research...

Senator's 'Wastebook' Mocks Duck Counting, Study of Medieval Smells

November 28, 2016 In his second annual football-season installment of “Federal Fumbles,” Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford detailed and ridiculed what he views as wasteful agency spending on foibles ranging from a study of medieval smells to more substantive problems such as $19.1 billion in improper Medicaid payments. The annual compilation, which Lankford...

Obama Agencies Press On With What GOP Decries as ‘Midnight Rules’

November 28, 2016 With an anti-regulation Trump presidency looming, Obama administration-led agencies in their final two months are forging ahead to complete long-in-the-works regulations that Republicans in Congress tried to ban as “midnight” rules. A roundup by a team of Politico reporters published Monday found that “regulations on commodities speculation, air pollution from...

Obama's 'Fair Pay, Safe Workplaces' Rule for Federal Contractors Appears Endangered

November 28, 2016 Among the many Obama administration regulations that President-elect Trump plans to eviscerate could be the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule the Labor Department finalized in August. Labor’s goal was to protect workers against abuses such as wage theft and health violations by instituting additional disclosure and reporting requirements for...

Democratic Lawmakers Ask GAO To Probe Trump Transition ‘Disarray’

November 23, 2016 Two prominent Democratic lawmakers have asked the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office to review what they term as the “chaotic” transition effort of President-elect Donald Trump. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on Wednesday wrote to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro with the request, citing issues of “conflicts of...

Thousands of Immigrant Green Cards Have ‘Gone Missing,’ Watchdog Finds

November 22, 2016 The agency within the Homeland Security Department that issues noncitizens their long-sought-after “green cards” continues to produce documents with errors while sending others to the wrong recipients, the department’s inspector general found. In a report released Monday, at a time when immigration issues rank high in the anticipated agenda of...

Trump Won’t Push Prosecution of Clinton, Aide Says

November 22, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s senior adviser made waves on Tuesday morning by telling MSNBC interviewers that Trump is backing off his earlier vow to have his attorney general appoint a special prosecutor to examine Hillary Clinton’s alleged abuse of State Department emails or rumored “pay to play” meetings to help the...

IRS Employees Told to Better Handle E-Mail With Sensitive Information

November 18, 2016 Internal Revenue Service employees do not always adhere to official policy on avoiding transmission of private taxpayer information on insecure email, a watchdog found. Citing the risk of identity theft, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in a report released Thursday noted that messages sent to recipients outside the...

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