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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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OMB’s Unfinished Business on Improving Government Performance

April 18, 2019 The Office of Management and Budget has failed to implement critical recommendations from Congress’s Government Accountability Office aimed at improving government performance. In a compendium addressed to Mulvaney dated April 10 but released on Wednesday, GAO reported that OMB had a total of 148 open recommendations, some 20 of which...

Acting Pentagon Chief Responds to Continuing Academy Sexual Assaults

April 17, 2019 Last month’s dramatic revelation by Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., that she had been sexually assaulted during her military service as a pioneering pilot has prompted some action at the Pentagon. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, in a departmentwide memo released on Monday, cited McSally’s tale in announcing a new Sexual...

Reshaping of U.S. Global Media Agency Called Largely Successful

April 17, 2019 The U.S. Agency for Global Media, which until last August was known as the Broadcasting Board of Governors, has made solid progress in implementing its new, more centralized, governance structure, a watchdog found. But the federal organization that supervises the Voice of America, Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe and other regional...

Is the Foggy Bottom Metro Stop a CIA Recruiting Station?

April 16, 2019 Washington Metro riders, who presumably include ambitious young career seekers who speak foreign languages, this month began encountering an unusual display at the Foggy Bottom metro station. Bedecking the upper platform of the metro stop just blocks from the State Department is an array of recruiting posters from the normally...

Interior Watchdog Opens Probe of Newly Confirmed Secretary

April 16, 2019 Three days after David Bernhardt was confirmed by the Senate as Interior Secretary (in a 56-41 vote), the department’s watchdog confirmed that it has launched an investigation of his possible conflicts of interests with previous industry employers. Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall on Monday informed “multiple” lawmakers and the nonprofit...

ICE Enforcement Numbers Show States Where Deportation Most Likely

April 15, 2019 April 11, the same day news broke that President Trump was considering directing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to move undocumented border-crossers to sanctuary cities and Democratic Party strongholds, a research group released numbers dramatizing the current regional priorities of ICE. “A Ten-Fold Difference in Odds of ICE Enforcement Depending Upon...

ICE Enforcement Numbers Show States Where Deportation Most Likely

April 15, 2019 April 11, the same day news broke that President Trump was considering directing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to move undocumented border-crossers to sanctuary cities and Democratic Party strongholds, a research group released numbers dramatizing the current regional priorities of ICE. “A Ten-Fold Difference in Odds of ICE Enforcement Depending Upon...

Homeland Security Whistleblowers Who Exposed Family Separations Honored

April 15, 2019 Two current and one former Homeland Security Department official collected a prestigious whistleblower award on Monday for having exposed the Trump administration’s practice (since eased) of separating undocumented immigrant children from families crossing the southern border with Mexico. “Sometimes it feels like America has lost her soul,” Pamela McPherson, a...

Pentagon Marks First Day of New Transgender Policy

April 15, 2019 Friday marked the first day of the Defense Department’s revised policy on permitting transgender personnel to serve in the military, and an official noted that, while there are exceptions, “a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is presumptively disqualifying under the new policy.” Anthony Kurta, whom President Trump tapped to be deputy...

Bill to Curb Presidents’ Post-Tenure Benefits Would Save $2.5 Million Over 4 Years

April 12, 2019 A bipartisan bill to cut back on the benefits awarded to U.S. presidents when they leave office would save the government more than $2 million over four years, the Congressional Budget Office reported. The Presidential Allowance Modernization Act (H.R. 1496), sponsored by Reps. Jody Hice, R-Ga., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.,...