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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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Pompeo Backs Away From Trump’s Planned State Department Cuts

4:52 PM ET After just three weeks in office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday distanced himself from some cuts in the Trump administration’s proposed $39 billion budget for the department in fiscal 2019, telling senators “we’re going to get the resources we need” when fiscal 2020 comes around. In a Foreign...

House Passes Defense Authorization With Significant Headquarters Cuts

1:49 PM ET The House on Thursday easily approved its version of the $709 billion fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515), which would trim several of the 30 “back offices” that provide shared services for Pentagon entities. The vote was 351-66. The annual grab bag of strategies for weapons acquisition and...

Nominee to Run Government Ethics Office Says He Won’t Tweet Like His Predecessor

May 23, 2018 Before he resigned as director of the Office of Government Ethics last July, Walter Shaub was fond of tweeting about his dismay with the Trump White House’s handling of issues such as financial disclosure and ethics waivers. But Emory Rounds III, President Trump’s nominee to run the governmentwide ethics office,...

Special Counsel Reverses Three TSA 'Wrongful Reassignments'

May 23, 2018 Three Transportation Security Administration supervisors who were forced to relocate after disclosing airport safety risks won a reversal and compensatory damages, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Wednesday. The terms of the settlement agreement crafted by the independent agency and TSA include compensatory damages of about $1 million combined...

Lawmakers Seek IG Probe of Commerce’s Handling of Scientist Accused of Spying

May 23, 2018 A month after an administrative judge reinstated her to a job in a Commerce Department lab, weather scientist Sherry Chen—accused in 2014 of spying for China—is still not being allowed to return to work. On Wednesday, several lawmakers in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus appeared with Chen on Capitol...

IRS Defends Budget That Would Cut More Than 2,200 Full-Time Jobs

May 22, 2018 Acting Internal Revenue Service chief David Kautter on Tuesday touted the Trump administration’s $11.1 billion fiscal 2019 budget request for its projected savings of $24.5 million and cuts of more than 2,200 full-time equivalent jobs. Appearing with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Kautter—who doubles as assistant...

Chemical Safety Board Chair Resigns Unexpectedly

May 22, 2018 Three years into her five-year term as chairwoman of the Chemical Safety Board, Vanessa Allen Sutherland on Tuesday announced she will step down from the independent investigatory agency at the end of June. “I am saddened to leave the wonderful mission and incredible work of the CSB,” Sutherland said in...

Justice Watchdog Has Legal, If Not De Facto, Independence from Trump

May 21, 2018 The Justice Department’s inspector general is maintaining radio silence on an unusual tweet from President Trump this weekend. That’s the one that prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to ask the watchdog to broaden his array of investigations into federal law enforcement’s handling of the 2016 election issues to include...

Contractors Oppose Proposed Limit on Federal Bid Protests

May 21, 2018 As the Senate Armed Services Committee on Monday began its markup of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, a contractors group was pushing committee leaders to reject a Pentagon proposal to curb time-consuming bid protests. Seeking to eliminate what some senators call “frivolous” protests and what acquisition officials call...

White House Issues Its Vision for Greener Federal Operations

May 18, 2018 President Trump on Thursday issued an executive order aimed at streamlining Obama-era requirements for making federal buildings more energy efficient, though its differences with the approach of his predecessor appear modest. The order “will drive continued action and focus on increasing efficiency of federal buildings and vehicles, improving environmental performance,...