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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Contractors Applaud House Vote to Kill Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule

February 3, 2017 Two major contracting groups hailed House passage on Thursday of a long-expected resolution to undo the Obama administration’s 2014 “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” order requiring contractors to report past violations of 14 labor laws. House joint resolution 37, sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., declares that the implementation rule...

Trump’s Agency Gag Orders Draw Bipartisan Criticism

February 2, 2017 A long-planned House oversight hearing on whistleblower protection on Wednesday was steered by Republicans and Democrats into a platform for criticisms of the Trump administration’s early efforts to discourage federal employees from speaking to Congress or the press. Democrats Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., flagged a memo sent...

Taxpayers Are Having an Easier Time Getting Through to IRS Call Centers

February 2, 2017 The 2016 filing season brought improvements in the Internal Revenue Services’ level of customer service at call centers, and in efforts to thwart the rising threat of fraud based on taxpayer identity theft, the Government Accountability Office reported. In a report on a five-year lookback released on Tuesday, auditors found...

Trump OMB Nominee Clears Two Senate Panels Along Party Lines

February 2, 2017 Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney, the Tea Party favorite from South Carolina, saw his nomination to be President Trump’s budget director clear two Senate panels on Thursday, each by a single vote. First the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved reporting Mulvaney’s nomination to the floor by a party-line...

Pentagon Watchdog Clears CENTCOM Intel Officers of ‘Cooking the Books’

February 1, 2017 Twenty months after charges surfaced that U.S. Central Command intelligence officers had falsified and distorted reports related to efforts to counter the Islamic State, the Pentagon inspector general’s office released an exhaustive report finding significant communications problems, but no malfeasance. The charges, first reported by Defense Intelligence Agency analysts to...

Inspectors General Worry About Hiring Freeze, Regulatory Cap

February 1, 2017 Inspectors general, fresh off of passage of a new law enhancing their powers, “are concerned a lot about the potential impact of [President Trump’s] hiring freeze,” Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz told a House panel on Wednesday. “OIG offices were hit particularly hard during sequestration and [that] had a significant...

SCOTUS Nominee Could Alter High Court’s View of Regulation

February 1, 2017 Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, may be the answer to the prayers of many Republicans in Congress who have embarked on a project of diluting agency authority on regulation. The generally pro-business judge currently on the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, differs from the late conservative...

House and Senate Prepare to Undo Obama Contractor Rule

January 31, 2017 Leaders in both the House and Senate on Monday made good on past pledges and introduced a joint resolution to block former President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule that the Republicans call a “blacklisting” of legitimate federal contractors. Obama’s 2014 executive order, intended to force contractors to disclose...

House Democrats Seek Background on Rumored Inspector General Firings

January 31, 2017 A rumored Trump administration plan to seek mass resignations among the 72 inspectors general—now reportedly abandoned—prompted two Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to ask the White House for an explanation. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the panel’s ranking member, and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., on Tuesday wrote to...

New Homeland Security Team Defends Rushed Response to Trump Directives

January 31, 2017 Since Friday night’s harried rollout of President Trump’s new anti-terrorism border enforcement directives, “interagency communication hasn’t been the best,” acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told a press conference on Tuesday. “But it will get better.” Appearing with a new and temporary team running the Homeland Security Department,...

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