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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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Immigration Judges’ Union Leader Warns of 'Dark New Era'

September 21, 2018 In a rare public speech at the National Press Club in Washington on Friday, the union president for the Justice Department’s immigration judges slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to impose quotas and deadlines on immigration courts to address the backlog that has risen to 750,000 cases. Los-Angeles-based Judge Ashley...

Democratic Senator Questions Mulvaney’s Hatch Act Compliance

September 21, 2018 The acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has made waves this summer with his warnings that Republicans face a tough mid-term election climate. Now Mick Mulvaney, the former Tea Party-aligned House member whose main job is White House budget director, has been hit with questions from Sen. Elizabeth...

Legal Group Seeks 18 Agencies’ Records on Official Trips to Political Events

September 20, 2018 A legal nonprofit has sent letters to 18 major agencies seeking records on their officials’ “mixed travel,” or trips that have an official purpose as well as political activity. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sent the Freedom of Information Act requests on Sept. 10 for relevant documents. It...

Congressional Research Service Serves Up Once-Scarce Reports

September 20, 2018 As required by Congress this spring, the once-secretive Congressional Research Service this week launched its first-ever portal to encourage public access to hundreds of its reports that in the past were available exclusively to lawmakers. “In 2018, Congress passed a law directing the creation of this site and ending the...

Commerce Chief Isn't Fretting Over Watchdog’s Criticism of Census Cost Estimate

September 19, 2018 Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is sticking with a disputed year-old estimate that put the likely cost of the coming 2020 census at $15.5 billion, or a $3 billion increase over an estimate prepared in 2015. Ross responded to a Government Accountability Office report dated for August but released on Monday...

US Launches Farsi Information Service to Reach Iranians

September 19, 2018 Eyeing an increasing “divergence” between average Iranians and their authoritarian government, the U.S. Agency for Global Media is launching a new TV channel and related Web news service to report on corruption and income inequality for an audience inside that country and among Iranians scattered elsewhere. The plan for a...

FEMA Chief Now Facing Criminal and Lawmaker Probes of Travel

September 18, 2018 With the federal response to Hurricane Florence still unfolding, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reportedly now the subject of federal prosecutors’ review of his use of agency vehicles and staff for personal trips from Washington to his home in Hickory, N.C. The Wall Street Journal on...

U.S. Global Media Agency Launches Farsi Service to Reach Iranians

September 18, 2018 Eyeing an increasing “divergence” between average Iranians and their authoritarian government, the U.S. Agency for Global Media is launching a new TV channel and related Web news service to report on corruption and income inequality for an audience inside that country and among Iranians scattered elsewhere. The plan for a...

EPA Program to Monitor Asbestos in Schools Is Under-Resourced, Watchdog Says

September 17, 2018 Thirty-two years after its enabling legislation, the school asbestos program at the Environmental Protection Agency has become a low-priority and underfunded federal initiative, an inspector general reported on Monday. Only one of 10 EPA regions has a clear strategy on managing dangerous asbestos in buildings, and the federal program accounted...

Agriculture Secretary Presses Unpopular Plan to Move Offices

September 17, 2018 Despite criticism, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is proceeding apace with plans announced in August to move two major sub-agencies outside of Washington and force many employees to relocate (at government expense) or take buyouts. On Thursday, the USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration Donald Bice placed a notice in the...