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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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White House Proposes a Massive Reorganization of Federal Agencies

11:59 AM ET The Trump administration on Thursday released a blueprint for a massive overhaul of the federal bureaucracy, one that if implemented would touch virtually every agency and the way all Americans receive government services. “This effort, along with the recent executive orders on federal unions, are the biggest pieces so far...

Senate GOP Report Blasts Officials for Improper Medicaid Payments

June 20, 2018 Anti-fraud specialists at the joint federal-state Medicaid program are failing to effectively combat improper payments, which have risen by 157 percent since 2013, according to a report released Wednesday by the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The $37 billion that annually goes to fraudsters represents...

Patent Office Celebrates 10-Millionth Award as Inventors Complain

June 19, 2018 The Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued its 10-millionth patent since President George Washington signed the first patent in 1791. But a passel of inventors seized on the occasion to challenge the patent’s wording. President Trump was set to sign the patent titled "Coherent Ladar Using Intra-Pixel Quadrature Detection"...

White House Inaugurates ‘Gears of Government’ Awards for Exceptional Performance

June 19, 2018 Following up on the president’s management agenda unveiled in March, the White House budget director on Tuesday announced a program to recognize federal employees for outstanding achievement—dubbed the Gears of Government Awards. In a memo to agency heads, Mick Mulvaney invited nominations of individuals or groups whose “performance and dedication...

Commerce Secretary Accused of Shorting Financial Disclosure Mandates

June 18, 2018 Unresolved ethics issues involving the finances of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross spilled into the open on Monday when Forbes magazine posted an expose that also questions the treatment of Ross’s financial disclosure forms by the Office of Government Ethics. Reporter Dan Alexander, in a piece titled “Lies, China And Putin:...

Trump's Surprise Nominee for Consumer Bureau Draws Mixed Reaction

June 18, 2018 President Trump surprised purveyors of speculation over the weekend by selecting a White House budget office associate to be the permanent director of the ever-controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Kathy Kraninger, a former Senate appropriations staffer with a homeland security specialty, “will bring a fresh perspective and much-needed management experience...

As White House Preps Successor, Mulvaney Plans to Exit Consumer Agency

June 15, 2018 Since his first trip from the Old Executive Office Building across the street, White House budget Director Mick Mulvaney has roiled consumer groups with his cross-grain policy changes as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Now, under the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act, the long-time critic of the...

US Agencies Chip Away at Science and Climate Change Spending

June 15, 2018 Despite Congress’s rejection of many of their proposed budget cuts, political appointees at agencies have made significant headway reining in scientific pursuits in the area of climate change, according to a compendium released on Wednesday. The liberal-leaning Center for American Progress compared the Trump budget submissions with final appropriations while...

Education Department Staff Has Shrunk by 13% in Trump Era

June 15, 2018 Through attrition, policy shifts and a non-urgent hiring strategy, the Education Department under Betsy DeVos now operates with 550 fewer employees than it had under the Obama administration, a new analysis shows. The 13 percent drop, according to former officials, “means employees are stretched thin,” as reported on Wednesday by...

Justice Watchdog’s Bombshell Report Underlines Tricky Role of IGs

June 14, 2018 Thursday’s much-anticipated Justice Department watchdog report on the FBI’s handling of the 2016 election probes is unusual as a high-profile Rorschach test for partisans with opposite views. But the 500-page opus based on more than 100 interviews and a review of 1.2 million documents is highly typical of an inspector...