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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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Last of 24 Scammers Impersonating IRS Agents Pleads Guilty

November 17, 2017 There may now be fewer phony Internal Revenue Service agents threatening Americans by telephone. The Justice Department this week announced a guilty plea from the last of 24 domestically based scammers who for years were part of an India-based scheme and conspiracy to separate victims from their money by impersonating...

Mulvaney Might Double as Temporary Head of Consumer Bureau

November 17, 2017 A longtime critic of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may soon take over as its director, according to multiple news reports on Thursday that the White House has declined to confirm. Trump administration budget director Mick Mulvaney, according to an unnamed official who spoke to CNN and the Associated Press,...

Small Business Activist Wins Interim Victory Against Pentagon, Sikorsky

November 16, 2017 For four years, the small but vocal American Small Business League has argued that large federal contractors mislead agencies and the public by overstating their use of small businesses as subcontractors to meet statutory goals. In U.S. District Court in San Francisco last Friday, attorneys for the advocacy group led...

House Passes Bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Bill

November 16, 2017 The House on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass an amended Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (H.R. 4174) to require agencies to more systematically assemble data for their decision makers before evaluating programs. The bipartisan bill based on a congressionally chartered commission’s recommendations would require creation of a secure national inventory...

Inspectors General Seek Subpoena Power, Authority to Probe DoJ Prosecutors

November 15, 2017 In a challenge to his own agency’s policy, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Wednesday asked lawmakers to give him authority to investigate misconduct by his department’s attorney-prosecutors, who under the current arrangement answer only to Justice’s separate Office of Professional Responsibility. Michael Horowitz, doubling at a House Oversight...

Embattled Consumer Protection Bureau Chief Steps Down

November 15, 2017 After months of speculation and years of criticism from Republican lawmakers, Richard Cordray, the first and only director of the six-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced that he will resign at the end of November. In a Wednesday memo to staff obtained by several news organizations including Government Executive, Cordray...

Democratic Senators Seek Probe of Commerce Secretary’s Finances

November 14, 2017 New information on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s overseas finances prompted six Democratic Senators on Tuesday to ask the Commerce Department’s inspector general to investigate Ross’s personal wealth and compliance with ethics rules. Also mentioned for examination in the Nov. 14 letter to IG Peggy Gustafson is Ross’s chief of staff,...

Regulatory Reformers Target Agencies’ Nonstatutory Guidance

November 14, 2017 Much of the alleged burden of far-reaching or duplicative regulations stems from the accompanying guidance—policy memos, “Dear Colleague letters” and FAQs—prepared by regulators without stakeholder input, agency officials confirmed to a House oversight panel on Tuesday. At the Education Department, for example, the regulatory reform task force has tallied an...

A Delay in the Confirmation of Trump’s CIA Watchdog Nominee is Looking More Likely

November 13, 2017 The acting CIA inspector general President Trump has nominated for the permanent job raised some eyebrows at last month’s confirmation hearing when he suggested he was unfamiliar with three unresolved whistleblower reprisal complaints involving him or his office. Two of the former CIA IG employees involved in the complaints against...

State Department Confirms It Is Offering Buyouts to Entice 641 Employees to Leave

November 13, 2017 Citing a need to “reduce unnecessary supervisory levels and organizational layering,” the State Department on Monday confirmed an earlier news report that it is offering staff voluntary buyouts and early retirement incentives. About 641 employee departures above the normal attrition rate in 2018 will be required under Secretary of State...