Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charlie 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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No, the Trump Transition Is Not Far Behind That of Previous Presidents

January 24, 2017 The Trump transition team—the first to operate under the 2015 Presidential Transition Improvements Act—assembled an array of numbers to showcase what it terms its rapid and efficient pace. As then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence summarized the day before the Inauguration: 21 of 21 Cabinet appointments were made before the ceremony; 87,000...

Ethics Office Chief Reportedly Never Received Trump Business Documents

January 24, 2017 Monday’s well-anticipated meeting between the director of the Office of Government Ethics and the House Oversight chairman produced one surprise: an assertion that President Trump’s attorney handling his planned transfer of his business holdings never submitted papers to the federal ethics overseer. The meeting with OGE Director Walter Shaub, demanded...

House and Senate Democrats Pressure GSA on Trump Hotel Lease

January 23, 2017 Denise Turner Roth departed her post atop the General Services Administration last week without releasing an official agency decision on the future of the Trump Organization’s lease for the Trump International Hotel in Washington. That puts the decision on whether the three-year-old lease violates contract law—as some lawmakers and outside...

VOA’s Extremism Watch Project Fills a Niche in Monitoring Terrorism

January 23, 2017 U.S.-backed Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State early this month captured the 850-year-old Jaabar Castle on the Euphrates River near the ISIS stronghold in Raqqa, Syria. On the scene to report exclusive details were sources working with the Voice of America, whose coverage—translated and edited into video back in Washington—delivered...

Trump Faces New Legal Complaints on Day One

January 20, 2017 Donald J. Trump was accustomed to being sued in the course of building his vast hotel empire. But on Inauguration Day, now President Trump was greeted with two new lawsuits, one involving his possible conflicts of interest in the leased Trump International Hotel in Washington and another related to earlier...

Trump Is Said to Embrace Plan to Kill Whole Agencies and Programs

January 19, 2017 The incoming Trump administration is backing a budget plan that would eliminate entire agencies and a number of federal programs, according to a Thursday report from The Hill. The Trump team has agreed on many parts of plans prepared last year by the Heritage Foundation and a House caucus known...

HHS Nominee Grilled on Obamacare, Stock Trades, Reorganizing Agency

January 18, 2017 Though the main bone of contention was the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the first of two confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department also brought out tensions over his stock trades and possible plans to reorganize two sub-units...

Ethics Office Chief Asks House Panel to Allow Him to Testify Publicly

January 18, 2017 Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub has responded to a request that he meet privately for a transcribed hearing with the staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with an alternative proposal: testifying in public. Shaub’s Jan. 16 letter to Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, came as part...

OMB Prepares for Trump with New Infrastructure Permit Guidance

January 17, 2017 With ambitious infrastructure construction mentioned as an agenda priority for the incoming Trump administration, President Obama’s budget office on Friday issued new guidance for agencies intended to boost predictability and transparency of the multi-agency federal permitting process. In a Jan. 13 memo to all agencies, Office of Management and Budget...

GAO Marshalls Its Data to Warn Leaders of Fiscal Crisis

January 17, 2017 Set apart with an atypically colorful cover designed around a compass, the first-ever annual report on fiscal health from the Government Accountability Office warns the incoming president and congressional leaders that federal finances remain on an “unsustainable long-term fiscal path.” The 47-page compilation done in cooperation with the Congressional Budget...

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