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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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Agencies Expose $200 Million Health Fraud Involving Tricare

February 22, 2019 In another victory for the 12-year-old multi-agency Medicare Fraud Strike Force, a Mississippi woman pleaded guilty for her part in a $200 million criminal scheme to defraud major federal health care programs, including the military’s Tricare. Hope Thomley, 52, appearing on Wednesday in District Court for the Southern District of...

Energy Department Defends Secret Nuclear Shipments to Nevada

February 21, 2019 The Energy Department is sticking to its guns in defending its nuclear materials transfers following a surprise revelation last month that angered most of the lawmakers and state officials in the destination state of Nevada. It’s the latest wrinkle in a decades-old fight over the broader question of whether the...

Shutdown Thwarted Public Input on Agency Rules

February 21, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As part of what is likely a series of maneuvers to examine the impact of the recent 35-day partial government shutdown, eight House Democrats have asked White House budget director and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to reopen some expired comment periods for agency rulemaking. “The longest-ever shutdown of...

Forest Service Advised to Improve Reporting on Sexual Harassment

February 21, 2019 Nearly a year after its chief resigned over charges of sexual misconduct, the Forest Service got word that it should improve its reporting and hiring practices that allowed some officials with questionable histories to rise through the ranks. For a report released this week by the inspector general of the...

Ethics Office Rejects Commerce Secretary’s Amended Financial Disclosure

February 20, 2019 The Office of Government Ethics on Tuesday posted a scolding letter it had sent Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross saying it was withholding certification of Ross’s latest financial disclosure form. Director Emory Rounds on Feb. 15 wrote to Commerce Department designated ethics official David Maggi saying the OGE “is declining to...

Trump Science Adviser Stresses the Benefits of Private Research Funding

February 20, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After weeks of low visibility, the White House science adviser, who reported for work in January in the midst of the government shutdown, last week delivered his first speech to a professional gathering and also gave an interview. But Kelvin Droegemeier’s noncommittal comments on climate change and nod toward increased...

Shutdown Thwarted Public Input on Agency Rules

February 20, 2019 As part of what is likely a series of maneuvers to examine the impact of the recent 35-day partial government shutdown, eight House Democrats have asked White House budget director and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to reopen some expired comment periods for agency rulemaking. “The longest-ever shutdown of...

Trump Science Adviser Stresses the Benefits of Private Research Funding

February 19, 2019 After weeks of low visibility, the White House science adviser, who reported for work in January in the midst of the government shutdown, last week delivered his first speech to a professional gathering and also gave an interview. But Kelvin Droegemeier’s noncommittal comments on climate change and nod toward increased...

Sexual Harassment by Former Housing Agency Chief Confirmed

February 19, 2019 Six weeks before he retired in January with full benefits, former Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt was found by an inspector general to have engaged in the sexual harassment a subordinate employee complained about. The Nov. 29 report submitted to the White House, lawmakers and the Office of...

White House Budget Office Draws Positive Reviews for FOIA Portal Guidance

February 19, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a new step in the government’s effort to improve the cumbersome Freedom of Information Act process, the White House budget office this week issued mandatory instructions to agencies for creating a central portal for submitting and tracking document requests. As required by the 2016 FOIA Improvement Act, the guidance...