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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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Senator Intervenes to Back Intel Community Whistleblower Ombudsman

December 15, 2017 The embattled whistleblower ombudsman for the intelligence community faced a disciplinary hearing on Dec. 13 that could result in termination, days after Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, intervened on his behalf, Government Executive has confirmed. Dan Meyer’s role for the past four years as executive director of Intelligence Community Whistleblowing and...

Trump and His Regulation Czar Tout Major Cuts in Rules

December 14, 2017 President Trump and his regulatory affairs chief teamed up on Thursday to dramatize progress in the administration’s agenda of major cuts in regulations, combining a camera-ready “ribbon cutting” with release of the latest unified agenda of regulatory and deregulatory actions. Trump spoke while standing before a small stack of documents...

EPA Inspector General Takes on Scott Pruitt’s Soundproof Booth

December 14, 2017 The watchdog for the Environmental Protection Agency late last week acceded to House Democrats’ demands that his office investigate the widely reported installation of a customized $25,000 soundproof booth in the office of Administrator Scott Pruitt. In a Dec. 8 letter to Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., of the Energy and...

Consumer Bureau to Investigate 'Fake' Rulemaking Comments

December 14, 2017 Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director now doubling as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, plans to look into the illegal submission of fake public comments during agency rulemakings. The Wall Street Journal, in a Wednesday front-page story following a lengthy investigation, uncovered thousands of “fraudulent comments...

House Subcommittee Mulls IRS Funding to Implement Tax Reform

December 13, 2017 Just hours before House and Senate conferees announced an agreement on major tax reform legislation Wednesday, a Ways and Means subcommittee delved into how the shrinking Internal Revenue Service would handle the likely new responsibilities. Oversight subcommittee Chairman Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., said he envisioned $500 million in funding for...

Watchdog's Criticisms Add to Woes of Agency Already at Risk of Elimination

December 12, 2017 The Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research, established in response to the 2008 financial crisis, has been in the crosshairs of Republican budget cutters while its staff suffers from low morale. Last week, the Government Accountability Office added to its woes. The watchdog weighed in with written testimony to a...

Poll: Government Corruption Seen as Rising, Especially at White House

December 12, 2017 Six out of 10 Americans say that the level of corruption in society has worsened in the past year, up from one third a year ago, according to a nationwide poll released on Tuesday by the nonprofit Transparency International. Forty-four percent of Americans believe that corruption is pervasive in the...

Obama Treasury Department May Have Skirted Anti-Deficiency Act, Watchdog Finds

December 11, 2017 The Treasury Department in fiscal 2015 “potentially violated” the Anti-Deficiency Act and other statutes with reimbursements for shared services, prematurely moving monies before interagency agreements were in place, the department’s inspector general found. The watchdog’s audit of the Obama-era Treasury Office of Budget and Travel focused on Treasury’s interoffice transactions...

Newly Installed Special Counsel Wants to Adjudicate Cases More Swiftly

December 11, 2017 A longtime attorney for whistleblowers has described the investigative process at the Office of Special Counsel as “operating at a molasses pace.” Henry Kerner, President Trump’s appointee to serve as special counsel, now is in a position to change that. The veteran prosecutor and congressional investigator, who was sworn in...

Zinke Travel Records Hint Helicopter Use Was Steered by Political Schedule

December 8, 2017 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, already under investigation for questionable travel by air, booked government helicopters this summer for events at sites that would have been reachable within hours by car from Washington, including some that could be seen as political, according to a Thursday report by Politico. Travel records released...