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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GOP Plan to Kill Election Assistance Commission Would Save $40 Million, CBO Says

March 3, 2017 A long-standing Republican plan to eliminate the 15-year-old Election Assistance Commission would save the government $40 million from 2018-2022, according to a new score from the Congressional Budget Office. A bill (H.R. 634) introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., which cleared the House Administration Committee on Feb. 7 in a...

GSA, OMB Advised to Better Validate Data on Disposal of Excess Federal Property

March 3, 2017 The current shrink-the-government climate suggests a continuation under President Trump of the Obama administration’s efforts to shed unneeded federal properties. As they implement a new law aimed at streamlining the real estate disposal process, the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration on Thursday got word from...

TSA Pressured to Cooperate With Special Counsel Document Demands

March 2, 2017 In an example of the limits of having acting agency heads during a transition, the Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday put up little defense against attacks by lawmakers and other federal officials for its policy of resisting certain demands for documents from Office of Special Counsel investigators. At a contentious...

Trump Transition Team Spurned Ethics, Management Training

March 2, 2017 The Trump transition team, as it shuffled personnel in the chaotic November-through-January preparations to take over the White House, backed out of contract for training the new administration’s staff and nominees on ethics and management issues pertinent to federal service, Politico reported on Wednesday. The General Services Administration had put...

Secret Service Officer Pleads Guilty to Enticing Minors for Sex

March 2, 2017 A uniformed Secret Service officer who was arrested while protecting the White House in November 2015 pleaded guilty on Wednesday to enticing a minor female to engage in sexual activity, the Justice Department announced. Lee Robert Moore, 38, of Church Hill, Md., also admitted to attempting to send a minor...

NTEU Leaders: It’s Time to ‘Rally for Your Jobs, Your Benefits, Your Country’

March 1, 2017 Last December, when then-President Obama was set to announce he was upping the planned federal pay raise to 2.1 percent, the head of the National Treasury Employees Union received a call from a contact at the Office of Management and Budget. “I have good news,” the official told NTEU National...

Jared Kushner’s Conflict of Interest Issues

March 1, 2017 As a White House adviser with a broad portfolio, presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner is required to comply with federal law forbidding employees from profiting from endeavors affected by government decisions in which they participate. Hence, beginning in December, Kushner—a wealthy real estate owner and investor married to Ivanka Trump—and his...

Senator Urges Labor Department, Congress to Do More for On-Demand Workers

February 28, 2017 The Senate’s foremost champion of new policies to address the economic insecurities of self-employed workers said he wishes the Bureau of Labor Statistics could conduct more surveys to better evaluate the estimated one-third of American workers now participating in the “gig economy.” The agency’s last survey was done in 2005...

100 Feds Found to Be Frequent Workplace Porn-Watchers

February 28, 2017 The scope of a long-discussed agency problem came into focus on Monday when a Washington, D.C., TV news station reported it had counted about 100 federal employees who acknowledged watching pornography for hours during the workday. Using the Freedom of Information Act, News4 I-Team reporter Scott MacFarlane and his colleagues...

When Does a Leak to the Media Violate the Law?

February 27, 2017 With would-be agency whistleblowers on edge and President Trump warning that news leaks are criminal acts, the Congressional Research Service on Feb. 22 sent Congress one of its “legal sidebars” reviewing past approaches to distinguishing between illegal and legal contact with the media. The gist: numerous federal employees have been...

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