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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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Second Senator Blocks Intelligence Nominee Over Firing of Whistleblower Ombudsman

April 23, 2018 President Trump’s nominee to be general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence last week learned that his confirmation vote is being delayed by a senator protesting the failure of the government intelligence chief to provide documents on the firing of longtime intelligence community whistleblower ombudsman Dan...

Trump Readies a Vaguely Nixon-Like Package of Spending Clawbacks

April 23, 2018 President Trump this week will press ahead with a package of proposed cancellations of some of the domestic program spending agreed to in the March bipartisan budget deal, according to his legislative strategist. That’s in spite of warnings by key senators and others in his own party that such a...

Senate Confirms Trump’s Pick to Lead NASA on Party-Line Vote

April 19, 2018 The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm former House member and museum executive James Bridenstine to be the next NASA administrator. The vote on President Trump’s controversial choice, who cleared committee along party lines in January, was 50-49. Bridenstine, a Republican from Oklahoma elected to the House in 2012, served...

House Passes First IRS Reforms in 20 Years

April 19, 2018 The day after Tax Day 2018, as the Internal Revenue Service struggled to restore a balky website, the House on Wednesday nearly unanimously approved a package of nine bills touted as the first reforms to the tax agency in 20 years. With titles such as “21st-Century IRS Act” and the...

Many Pentagon Offices Would Relocate or Vanish Under Thornberry Plan

April 17, 2018 The Pentagon’s newly empowered chief management officer would abolish offices and reshuffle numerous functions under a draft plan released on Tuesday by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas. Two bills aimed at improving acquisition and downsizing the 28 offices in the Defense Department’s so-called “4th Estate”—its human...

More Than 600 Justice Department Alumni Sign Letter to Protect Mueller

April 17, 2018 Amid continuing speculation that President Trump might fire special counsel Robert Mueller, more than 600 former Justice Department employees have signed an online letter expressing dismay at “the attacks that have been levied against the good men and women of the department.” The letter posted on April 13 on the...

Ways and Means Moves 12 IRS Reform Bills, Many With Technology Focus

April 16, 2018 With Tax Day looming on April 17, congressional Republicans last week continued their ongoing push to remake the Internal Revenue Service, with the House Ways and Means Committee clearing a dozen tax-related bills for possible floor action this week. “The committee is taking the biggest and boldest step in 20...

If Confirmed, Pompeo Would Inherit a State Department in a State of Despair

April 13, 2018 Amidst the policy discussions of such grave issues as the North Korea threat, the Iran nuclear accord and the U.S. use of torture, Thursday’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo devoted significant attention to management challenges at Foggy Bottom. When pressed about the State Department’s high vacancy...

Justice Watchdog Finds Fired FBI Leader McCabe 'Lacked Candor'

April 13, 2018 In the latest wrinkle in the ongoing controversies over law enforcement’s handling of probes into both presidential candidates in the 2016 election, the Justice Department inspector general on Friday faulted former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe for a lack of “candor” in four instances during his efforts to work the...

Treasury and White House Regulatory Chief Agree to Vet IRS Rules

April 12, 2018 After much internal back and forth, the Treasury Department and the top White House regulatory chief reached a memorandum of understanding Wednesday night that will allow the Office of Management and Budget to review proposed new tax rules from the Internal Revenue Service. Since 1983, the tax specialists at the...