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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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A Pioneering Woman in Government, By Any Analytical Measure

March 8, 2017 In the early 1960s, few women occupied high positions in government, fewer in the field of economics and fewer still who didn’t have a post-graduate degree. Dorothy Rice, who died late last month at age 94, was all three. As captured in recent Washington Post and New York Times obituaries,...

Weather Service Employees ‘Shocked’ by Reported Budget Cuts

March 8, 2017 This story has been updated with a statement from a National Weather Service spokeswoman. Reports that the Trump White House budget office plans major cuts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have left employees “in the stages of grief, denial and little shocked,” a union leader told Government Executive....

Senate Narrowly Passes Repeal of Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule

March 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate on Monday narrowly approved a House-passed resolution to overturn President Obama’s Fair Pay, Safe Workplaces order, handing a victory to contractors who had blasted the order and the Labor Department’s rule to implement it as “blacklisting.” The vote was 49-48, and President Trump, based on a Feb. 1...

Persistent Voice Urges Trump to Fire Feds 'Loyal to Obama'

March 7, 2017 President Trump has called for large agency budget cuts and a crackdown on news leaks, but according to at least two voices among “movement conservatives,” his current agenda for the bureaucracy does not go far enough. “Trump could become lame duck unless he clears out Obama holdovers,” wrote commentator and...

Sexual Harassment Allegations at Interior Arise Early in Zinke's Tenure

March 7, 2017 Tim Lynn, director of the Interior Department’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security, has admitted that he likes to hug his employees. This and other behavior that has made female employees uncomfortable landed him as the subject of an inspector general report published last week; it also has put him...

Senate Narrowly Passes Repeal of Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule

March 6, 2017 The Senate on Monday narrowly approved a House-passed resolution to overturn President Obama’s Fair Pay, Safe Workplaces order, handing a victory to contractors who had blasted the order and the Labor Department’s rule to implement it as “blacklisting.” The vote was 49-48, and President Trump, based on a Feb. 1...

Acting CMS Chiefs Give Obamacare Staff a Thank-You Party

March 6, 2017 Though many federal employees across government are likely feeling vulnerable in the Trump era, few are experiencing more uncertainty than the staff at the Health and Human Services Department who just shepherded through the open enrollment for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The three career employees currently running HHS’...

Who’s Minding the Store at the Agencies?

March 6, 2017 All presidential transitions bring uncertainty and a reshuffling of agency managers. But the Trump administration, with its focus on high-visibility Cabinet nominations, has fallen behind predecessors and the recommended schedule on naming people to the secondary positions—the deputies and undersecretaries who steer career staff and keep agencies moving forward. Of...

GOP Plan to Kill Election Assistance Commission Would Save $40 Million, CBO Says

March 3, 2017 A long-standing Republican plan to eliminate the 15-year-old Election Assistance Commission would save the government $40 million from 2018-2022, according to a new score from the Congressional Budget Office. A bill (H.R. 634) introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., which cleared the House Administration Committee on Feb. 7 in a...

GSA, OMB Advised to Better Validate Data on Disposal of Excess Federal Property

March 3, 2017 The current shrink-the-government climate suggests a continuation under President Trump of the Obama administration’s efforts to shed unneeded federal properties. As they implement a new law aimed at streamlining the real estate disposal process, the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration on Thursday got word from...

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