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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 Proposed Program Cuts Hint at Where Agency Jobs Could Vanish

February 13, 2018 White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday was asked by reporters to define a “loser” under the Trump administration’s just-released fiscal 2019 budget request. “The losers are things like Trade Adjustment Assistance,” he said of the Labor Department program to retrain workers that he slated for a $98 million...

Trump Budget Would Limit Consumer Bureau’s Funding From the Federal Reserve

February 13, 2018 White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, in his unprecedented simultaneous role as acting head of the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on Monday submitted the Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget containing a proposal to restructure the bureau and cap its special funding from the Federal Reserve. The budget proposed limiting...

Trump’s $4 Trillion Budget Offers 'Aggressive Spending Reforms'

February 12, 2018 In a hastily adjusted fiscal 2019 budget reflecting Congress’s recent spending boost, the Trump administration on Monday offered a $4 trillion plan that largely keeps to its shrink-the-government priorities in program areas if not on the ledger. But what Budget Director Mick Mulvaney called “an aggressive set of spending reforms...

Trump’s Pick for IRS Chief Well Steeped in Parsing Tax Controversies

February 9, 2018 President Trump’s pick for Internal Revenue commissioner would bring a rich background in addressing tax controversies from his work with the agency as well as the tax section of the American Bar Association. Thursday’s White House announcement nominating California private tax attorney Charles Rettig for a seven-year term (beginning last...

Trump’s Budget Will Push Performance-Based Pay for Feds

February 9, 2018 Making good on last year’s promise to remake government “starting from scratch,” the Office of Management and Budget signaled that Monday’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal will include a shift from “tenure-based” civil service system pay to performance-based bonuses. The Associated Press reported that senior administration officials on Thursday said Trump...

Lawmakers Press FEMA for Documents on Canceled Meals Contract for Puerto Rico

February 8, 2018 With Puerto Rico still struggling to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Maria, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is under pressure to release documents to explain a since-canceled $156 million contract with a one-person company to provide 30 million meals for the island. Democrats on the House Oversight and Government...

Military Watchdogs Defend Process for Probing Officer Misconduct

February 8, 2018 Ticking off a string of cases of scandalous personal behavior by selected high-ranking military officers—from workplace adultery, to visits to strip clubs, to accepting bribes—a key House Democrat on Wednesday challenged brass in the services and the inspector general community to toughen standards for punishment of wayward officers. Many senior...

Military Watchdogs Defend Process for Probing Officer Misconduct

February 8, 2018 Ticking off a string of cases of scandalous personal behavior by selected high-ranking military officers—from workplace adultery, to visits to strip clubs, to accepting bribes—a key House Democrat on Wednesday challenged brass in the services and the inspector generals community to toughen standards for punishment of wayward officers. Many senior...

Lawmakers Revive Effort to Curb Agency Payments to Dead People

February 7, 2018 In the latest solution to a perennial problem of improper federal payments to the deceased, a bipartisan group in Congress on Monday offered a new bill that would expand agency access to the closely regulated death database kept by the Social Security Administration. The Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People...

As Democrats Demand Subpoenas, House Panel Advances Good-Government Tools

February 6, 2018 In a sign that transparency may lie in the eye of the beholder, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved an array of bills to improve government access and efficiency at the same time majority Republicans blocked Democratic demands to subpoena numerous agencies on Trump administration-related...