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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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Congressional Research Service Serves Up Once-Scarce Reports

11:58 AM ET As required by Congress this spring, the once-secretive Congressional Research Service this week launched its first-ever portal to encourage public access to hundreds of its reports that in the past were available exclusively to lawmakers. “In 2018, Congress passed a law directing the creation of this site and ending the...

Commerce Chief Isn't Fretting Over Watchdog’s Criticism of Census Cost Estimate

September 19, 2018 Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is sticking with a disputed year-old estimate that put the likely cost of the coming 2020 census at $15.5 billion, or a $3 billion increase over an estimate prepared in 2015. Ross responded to a Government Accountability Office report dated for August but released on Monday...

US Launches Farsi Information Service to Reach Iranians

September 19, 2018 Eyeing an increasing “divergence” between average Iranians and their authoritarian government, the U.S. Agency for Global Media is launching a new TV channel and related Web news service to report on corruption and income inequality for an audience inside that country and among Iranians scattered elsewhere. The plan for a...

FEMA Chief Now Facing Criminal and Lawmaker Probes of Travel

September 18, 2018 With the federal response to Hurricane Florence still unfolding, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reportedly now the subject of federal prosecutors’ review of his use of agency vehicles and staff for personal trips from Washington to his home in Hickory, N.C. The Wall Street Journal on...

U.S. Global Media Agency Launches Farsi Service to Reach Iranians

September 18, 2018 Eyeing an increasing “divergence” between average Iranians and their authoritarian government, the U.S. Agency for Global Media is launching a new TV channel and related Web news service to report on corruption and income inequality for an audience inside that country and among Iranians scattered elsewhere. The plan for a...

EPA Program to Monitor Asbestos in Schools Is Under-Resourced, Watchdog Says

September 17, 2018 Thirty-two years after its enabling legislation, the school asbestos program at the Environmental Protection Agency has become a low-priority and underfunded federal initiative, an inspector general reported on Monday. Only one of 10 EPA regions has a clear strategy on managing dangerous asbestos in buildings, and the federal program accounted...

Agriculture Secretary Presses Unpopular Plan to Move Offices

September 17, 2018 Despite criticism, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is proceeding apace with plans announced in August to move two major sub-agencies outside of Washington and force many employees to relocate (at government expense) or take buyouts. On Thursday, the USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration Donald Bice placed a notice in the...

Amid Active Hurricane, FEMA Chief Learns His Travel Is Under Investigation

September 14, 2018 In a case of unfortunate timing, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long on Thursday had to take time out from preparations for Hurricane Florence to address reports that his personal travels in government vehicles are under investigation by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. As first reported by Politico,...

Pentagon IG Staff Cleared of Misconduct Charges, Anti-Semitism

September 13, 2018 In what may be the near-final act in an eight-year saga, the Office of Special Counsel on Monday announced it was closing a multi-pronged complaint by a former Defense Department employee in the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General who alleged officials there lied about and destroyed evidence in a high-profile...

Senate Confirms Corporate Tax Attorney as IRS Chief

September 13, 2018 The Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm corporate tax attorney Charles Rettig to be the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. The vote was 64-33, with Democratic opponents protesting the nominee’s implied acceptance of the Treasury Department’s new rule reducing disclosure requirements on nonprofits that give campaign money as...