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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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Ex-Senator Urges a Return to Bipartisan Oversight

5:08 PM ET Retired Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., was striving to avoid partisanship when he spoke on Friday at the first “Oversight Summit” organized by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight. After presenting a state lawmaker (South Carolina Republican Rep. Weston Newton) with Levin’s new namesake award for effective oversight, the 36-year veteran...

Critics of Agriculture’s Planned Office Moves Seek Funding Halt

11:57 AM ET As the Agriculture Department proceeds with site selection for a controversial move of two research offices outside of Washington, dozens of science and advocacy groups have stepped up their opposition. On Nov. 13, a coalition of some 60 science, research and advocacy groups sent House appropriators a letter requesting that...

Sexual Harassment Continues to Infect Forest Service, Park Service

November 15, 2018 More graphic details on sexual misconduct that led to the March resignation of the Forest Service chief were presented to a House oversight panel on Thursday, the same day that President Trump’s nominee to head the National Park Service acknowledged that such workplace harassment remains a problem at his own...

Presidential Rank Award Winners Total 131 for 2018

November 15, 2018 The professional association for career senior federal executives earlier this week announced that 131 top-performing career federal executives will receive the prestigious Presidential Rank Award for 2018. The 131 recipients—whose full titles and biographies are still being assembled—will be honored at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington in December, the Senior...

Latest Count of 'Revolving Door' Defense Contractors Names Names

November 14, 2018 As many as 380 high-ranking Defense Department officials and officers over the past decade left government to become lobbyists, corporate board members and defense contractor consultants, according to a transparency group’s tabulations. In 645 instances documented by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, officials went to work for major contractors—Boeing,...

IRS Criminal Investigators Report Progress Despite Shrunken Staff

November 14, 2018 Operating with its lowest complement of special agents since the 1970s, the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division still achieved one of the highest crime conviction rates in federal law enforcement, according to its fiscal 2018 annual report released on Wednesday. The staff of 3,000—including 2,100 special agents and 789...

Key House Democrat Says Pentagon Will Have to Become More Transparent

November 13, 2018 The Defense Department under President Trump has been too secretive, politicized, hawkish on nuclear weapons and discriminatory toward minorities, according to the Democrat most likely to take over the House Armed Services Committee. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the current ranking member, sent his caucus a letter on Nov. 8 announcing...

Social Security Doled Out At Least $10 Billion in Unmerited Payments Last Year

November 13, 2018 Confronted with unreliable wage and financial account reporting, the Social Security Administration has long struggled to reduce the amount of improper, or overpayments, to recipients of both retirement and disability benefits. In 2017, it fell short of its goals of a 98 percent accuracy rate, according to a report released...

House Democrats Map Out a Plan for Getting Trump’s Tax Returns

November 9, 2018 To the surprise of few, House Democrats responded to Tuesday’s electoral victories by stepping up plans to seek the tax returns that President Trump has declined to make public since he launched his presidential bid in 2015. But the process available to the incoming majority party in January will present...

Solicitor General’s Unusual Ethics Waiver Draws Scrutiny

November 8, 2018 Days before President Trump shook up the Justice Department with the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a watchdog group disclosed an ethics waiver granted to the solicitor general that may figure into the unfolding drama over the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections. Noel Francisco,...