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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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Agriculture Readies Second Round of Tariff-Related Farm Aid

December 18, 2018 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Monday won mostly plaudits from farm groups with his announcement of a “second and final round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.” Coming just as the 2019 farm bill has cleared Congress...

State Department Under Pompeo Still Coping with Vacancies

December 17, 2018 President Trump surprised many with his Dec. 7 nomination of State Department spokeswoman and Fox News alumnae Heather Nauert to be his United Nations ambassador. Most observers agree there will be spirited debate over her qualifications for a job once held by Henry Cabot Lodge, Adlai Stevenson, Daniel Patrick Moynihan...

FBI Faulted for Procedures for Smartphones that Forensics Can’t Scrub

December 14, 2018 Limits on forensics specialists’ ability to recapture employee data from agency-issued smartphones have prompted the FBI to change its acquisition decisions, a redacted report from the Justice Department watchdog noted. The issue arose early this year when the inspector general was attempting to reconstruct text messages from the Samsung Galaxy...

HHS Restores Obamacare Guidance on Outreach to Latinos

December 14, 2018 A week after a transparency group spotted its removal, a guidance document on how to encourage Latino Americans to enroll in Obamacare has been restored on the website of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Sunlight Foundation’s Web Integrity Project, which has been monitoring many agency sites to...

Celebrating Distinguished Federal Leaders, With a Nudge Toward Change

December 13, 2018 Margaret Weichert, the White House deputy for agency management, appears mindful that some federal employees are less than enthused about some of the new directions ordered by President Trump. In a Thursday morning speech commending the winners of the 2018 Distinguished Rank Awards, she encouraged senior executives to “embrace your...

House Budget Leaders Hail GAO Legal Opinion on White House Rescissions

December 12, 2018 At the end of a year in which the White House budget office began proposing cancellations of appropriated spending (rescissions), the Government Accountability Office has weighed in with a first-of-its-kind legal opinion protecting Congress’s powers of the purse when it comes to timing. The legal advisory released on Tuesday by...

New Consumer Bureau Chief Will Glean Priorities From Listening Tour

December 11, 2018 On her first day as the permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Kathy Kraninger said her talks with staff and stakeholders show that many are glad that certain decisions were slow-walked by her acting predecessor—President Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney. “The staff is excited to have a full-time...

Three Agencies Failed to Notify Congress of Lapses in Curbing Improper Payments

December 11, 2018 By the government’s best estimate, major agencies running 90 programs wrongfully paid out about $141 billion in fiscal 2017. But at least three—the Treasury, Labor and Agriculture departments—have fallen short in complying with the six reporting criteria spelled out in the 2010 Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, according to...

Judge Slams Justice and State Departments for Inept Handling of FOIA Requests

December 10, 2018 In another of many stories from the 2016 presidential campaign that will not die, a district judge last week handed a victory to the conservative legal transparency group Judicial Watch by requiring two major federal agencies to perform a do-over on their search for missing Hillary Clinton emails. In a...

Incoming Oversight Chair Blasts New Hatch Act Guidance Limiting Talk of ‘Resistance’ in the Office

December 10, 2018 Weeks before he is scheduled to assume the chairman’s powers at the House oversight panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on Friday took aim at the new Hatch Act guidance released last month by the Office of Special Counsel. OSC’s evolving efforts to advise agency employees on how to avoid violations...