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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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Trump’s New Science Adviser Arrived Just in Time for a Shutdown

5:10 PM ET Kelvin Droegemeier, the Oklahoma meteorologist whom President Trump picked as White House science adviser, won last-minute Senate confirmation on Jan. 2, the final day of the 115th Congress. Just in time to begin work in the midst of a partial government shutdown. The appropriations lapse has not only idled or...

White House Widens Its Clampdown on Congressional Travel

11:47 AM ET In the latest tit-for-tat between the White House and congressional Democrats on overseas travel, President Trump’s acting budget director on Friday sent an all-agency-head memo requiring them to obtain permission from the White House chief of staff before spending money on support for lawmakers’ trips abroad. The memo from deputy...

Lawmaker Warns Shutdown Will Stop SEC From Policing Bad Actors

11:11 AM ET Because of the partial government shutdown, Wall Street’s “cop on the block,” namely the Securities and Exchange Commission, is “unable to carry out most enforcement against bad actors,” the new chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee warned on Wednesday. “Businesses planning to enter the stock market through an initial...

State Department Defends Unusual Recall of Furloughed Staffers, With Pay

10:16 AM ET In an unusual step during an unusual government shutdown, the State Department on Thursday notified thousands of furloughed employees that it had freed up some existing funds so that the idled staff must report back, in most cases, on Jan. 22. In another unusual twist, the staff will be paid...

State Department Defends Unusual Recall of Furloughed Staffers, With Pay

January 17, 2019 In an unusual step during an unusual government shutdown, the State Department on Thursday notified thousands of furloughed employees that it had freed up some existing funds so that the idled staff must report back, in most cases, on Jan. 22. In another unusual twist, the staff will be paid...

Watchdog: GSA Ignored Ethics Advice on Constitutionality of Trump Hotel Lease

January 16, 2019 Eighteen months after announcing its probe of agency handling of President Trump’s controversial lease of a downtown federal building for his Washington luxury hotel, the inspector general of the General Services Administration on Wednesday released a tough critique of the process used to approve the unprecedented business arrangement. The IG’s...

Federal Service Contractors Blitz Capitol Hill to Protest Shutdown

January 16, 2019 “You went to the right place,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told about two dozen out-of-work agency support services contractors on Wednesday just hours after they lined up at the doorway of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. Clutching stacks of unpaid household bills, the locked-out employees organized by the...

Pentagon Could Claim Authority to Build Trump's Border Wall, CRS Says

January 15, 2019 If President Trump were to follow through on his threat to declare a national emergency so he could build a wall along the Southern border, the Defense Department might play a pivotal role in determining its own authority to perform “military construction.” That’s according to a Jan. 10 “sidebar” memo...

OMB's Shutdown Improvising Draws Fire from Budget and Legal Experts

January 15, 2019 President Trump’s temporary budget director, acting in the unprecedented role of piloting the government during a partial but now record-breaking shutdown, has directed federal agencies to take several actions to ease the pain of closures on citizenry. Russell Vought last week prompted both the Internal Revenue Service and the Agriculture...

Payroll Glitch Gives Employees at One Non-Funded Agency Paychecks During the Shutdown

January 11, 2019 Confusion over employee status during the partial government shutdown caused the Interior Department’s Business Center to wrongly send normal paycheck deposits to the bank accounts of some 30 staffers at the Chemical Safety Board, Government Executive has learned. On Friday, an email to the small investigative agency’s full staff from...