Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charlie 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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Legal Group Seeks Probe of FEC Commissioner for Trump Tweet

4:33 PM ET In the latest dust-up at the divided Federal Election Commission, a tweet from a commissioner challenging a statement from President Trump has prompted a conservative legal group to demand an inspector general investigation of whether federal ethics laws were violated. The Cause of Action Institute on Tuesday wrote to FEC...

A Pep Talk for Federal Employees from NIH’s Collins

4:26 PM ET As with sequestration in 2013, federal employees now are living in “another of those uncertain times,” said Francis Collins, the award-winning physician-geneticist who directs the National Institutes of Health. They also are “an amazing group of dedicated, talented and hard-working people who are often unappreciated,” he said on Wednesday at...

Arts and Humanities Agencies Brace for Familiar Threat of Extinction

2:08 PM ET Employees at the National Endowment for the Humanities are worried. Since word began spreading late last month that the Trump administration’s first draft budget would adopt long-standing conservative proposals for eliminating NEH and similar agencies, people “are living day to day,” said Talana Morton-Smith, vice president of Local 3403, the...

Gaps in Employee Engagement Found Among Agencies in Law Enforcement, Other Key Policy Areas

February 21, 2017 The agencies focusing on five key areas in President Trump and the 115th Congress’ still-unfolding policy agenda display wide variations in morale and employee engagement, a study found. The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte for the second year running assembled a special edition of the Best Places to...

An 'Unelected Bureaucrat' Talks Regulatory Reform

February 21, 2017 Google the phrase “unelected bureaucrats” and you’ll find thousands of references, many of them from House Republicans (leaders as well as back-benchers) railing against overstepping federal regulators. “This bipartisan bill is about reviving the separation of powers to ensure our laws are written by the representatives we actually vote for...

A Guide for Breaking Free From Trump’s 'Muzzle' on Federal Employees

February 17, 2017 Charging that President Trump has “strapped a muzzle on federal agencies and attacked legitimate whistleblowers,” two House Democrats on Thursday unveiled a “resource guide for federal employees who wish to break the administration’s blackout on federal employees.” Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said the kit titled “Speaking...

GSA Moves Closer to Ending Reliance on DUNS Numbers in Contracting

February 17, 2017 The General Services Administration on Wednesday solicited information from industry on planned reforms to the governmentwide system for identifying and validating businesses. Since the 1970s, agencies have relied on the proprietary Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS number, as the main tag for files on companies that...

Homeland Security Watchdog Takes on Issues Surrounding Trump's Wall

February 16, 2017 With President Trump continuing to talk up his long-promised wall across the border with Mexico, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general on Wednesday unveiled a multi-pronged plan to examine obstacles to securing the Southern frontier. John Roth took the opportunity at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing...

Justice Dept. Watchdog Asked to Wade Into Trump Intel Dispute

February 16, 2017 As controversy swirls over the Trump White House's relations with Russia and the recent firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the Justice Department’s independent inspector general is being asked to investigate recent leaks believed to have come from the intelligence community. “We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate...

Senate Clears Proponent of Workforce Cuts as Trump’s Budget Director

February 16, 2017 The Senate on Thursday approved President Trump’s candidate to lead the Office of Management and Budget, as the administration is reportedly drafting an executive order that will require agencies to identify programs and administrative functions that are duplicative and could be consolidated. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., got through in a...

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