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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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Agriculture Secretary’s Relocation Plan Draws Fire From 1,100 Researchers

October 2, 2018 A week after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue defended his plan to move two major statistical offices outside of Washington, D.C., 1,100 scientists and economists joined in a letter to key congressional committee heads opposing the plan as a threat to research objectivity. “As scientists and researchers, we are a part...

Sammie Awards Honor NIH Genetics Pioneer and Other Exceptional Federal Employees

October 2, 2018 The 17th annual Service to America Medals (nicknamed the Sammies) will be awarded to eight standout federal employees on Tuesday night, providing some limelight to a pioneer disease geneticist, a team that foiled wire fraud schemes and designers of air traffic control systems for drones. The winners, along with the...

With or Without Congress, Would-Be Government Reformers Are Eager to Get Started

October 1, 2018 Last week’s rollout of yet another white paper on government reform brought to the fore a perhaps not-so-public reality: many experienced agency workforce planners are chafing at the bit to be allowed some experimentation. The new set of recommendations for creating a 21st century public service assembled by the National...

Court OKs Suit Over Foreign Payments to Trump Business

October 1, 2018 The lawsuit filed by 201 Democratic members of Congress challenging President Trump’s continued profits from foreign government guests at his hotels cleared a hurdle on Friday when a district judge rejected the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the case. The ruling by U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia...

Democratic Lawmakers Can Advance Suit on Trump Hotel Profits

October 1, 2018 The lawsuit filed by 201 Democratic members of Congress challenging President Trump’s continued profits from foreign government guests at his hotels cleared a hurdle on Friday when a district judge rejected the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the case. The ruling by U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia...

Watchdog: EPA Hosts Too Many Foreign Nationals In Certain Fellowships

September 28, 2018 For more than a decade, the lion’s share of research grants and fellowships hosted at Environmental Protection Agency laboratories under cooperative agreements with outside agencies or nonprofits went to foreign nationals, a possible violation of rules directing such awards to U.S. citizens, a watchdog found. During an 11-year period reviewed...

OMB Advances Nascent Trump Infrastructure Plan with Permitting Guidance

September 28, 2018 In line with one of its cross-agency priority goals, the Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday sent agency heads guidance on more “coordinated, predictable and transparent” tracking of infrastructure project permitting decisions. The Sept. 26 memo from budget director Mick Mulvaney asked agencies to set up a central portal...

FEMA Director Spent $151K of Taxpayers' Money on Personal Trips

September 27, 2018 The inspector general’s office at the Homeland Security Department is not talking. But its just-completed report on the unauthorized travel expenses claimed by Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long was unveiled on Wednesday by a Democratic lawmaker. Long’s regularly escorted, mostly weekend trips in government vehicles to his home...

House Passes Bill to Standardize, Centralize Grant Data

September 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Wednesday approved by voice vote a bill to require 26 agencies to work with the Office of Management and Budget to establish governmentwide standards for information reported by grant recipients so that the data can be centralized on a public website. The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements...

Bill Passed By House Would Expand Subpoena Power of Inspectors General

September 27, 2018 The House on Wednesday advanced fulfillment of a longtime wish of the inspectors general community by passing a bill that would enhance the watchdogs’ subpoena power. The IG Subpoena Authority Act (H.R. 4917), which cleared by voice vote, was introduced last February by Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla. Russell noted that...