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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Can the Education Department Be Killed With One Sentence?

February 10, 2017 The GOP’s hopes date back to the early Reagan administration: abolish the federal education department set up under President Carter in 1978. Taking down the federal “nanny” they see as an intruder in local school district management has been a holy grail in Republican primary campaigns ever since. This Tuesday,...

Long-in-Limbo Ex-Im Bank Welcomes Trump’s Sudden Support

February 10, 2017 Long criticized by Republicans as an agency dispensing “corporate welfare,” the Export-Import Bank on Thursday got some good news after two senators reported that President Trump is abandoning his campaign-trail position that the bank must die. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced that Trump “agreed with her on the need to...

Kellyanne Conway’s Plug for Ivanka's Fashion Line Draws Fire, Crashes Ethics Office Website

February 9, 2017 The normally placid website of the Office of Government Ethics went down Thursday afternoon following a storm of queries in the wake of White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s controversial shopping advice to the public earlier in the day. Conway made the statements on Fox News after she was asked about...

Former NSA Contractor Indicted for Stealing Classified Files

February 9, 2017 A former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor working for multiple national security agencies was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday, Justice Department prosecutors announced. Harold Martin III, 52, of Glen Burnie, Md., is charged with willful retention of defense information following his arrest in August. Documents, laptops and software found...

Consumer Bureau Foe Maps Out a Plan for Its Destruction

February 9, 2017 Continuing his crusade against “the most powerful, least accountable agency in U.S. history,” House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, took to the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal on Thursday with a tactical plan for shutting down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “CFPB zealots have the...

USAID Faulted for Lax Oversight of Afghan Land Reforms

February 9, 2017 U.S. efforts to help displaced Afghans returning home to claim land in their war-torn country suffer from gaps in information vital to decisions on fairness and resource allocation, a watchdog found. The U.S. Agency for International Development, which spent $96.7 million from 2004 through 2014 to reform a land administration...

Investigation Confirms Ethical Violations, Misconduct by BLM Agent at Burning Man

February 7, 2017 Among the 80,000 attendees at the September 2015 countercultural “Burning Man” festival in rural Nevada was a Bureau of Land Management supervisory agent, his girlfriend, father and a friend. After getting a deal on special-access tickets, the group used a government vehicle, according to an Interior Department inspector general’s report...

With Medicaid Errors at $36 Billion, HHS Told to Improve Data Quality

February 7, 2017 With changes in Medicaid high on the Republican Congress’ agenda, the Government Accountability Office is calling for improved quality checks on state-provided data. “We determined that available Medicaid expenditure and utilization data do not provide [HHS’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] with sufficient information to consistently ensure that payments...

Trump Signs Washington Hotel Over to His Son

February 7, 2017 In alignment with his overall approach to addressing business conflicts of interest, President Trump has signed over the lease to his Washington, D.C., luxury hotel to his eldest son Donald Trump Jr., according to papers filed with the District of Columbia government obtained by the public radio station WAMU. The...

Group of House Republicans Implores Trump to Fire IRS Chief

February 6, 2017 The names on the House Republican letter now number 55. They’ve asked President Trump to accomplish what they were unable to do in the past Congress: defenestrate the Obama-appointed head of the Internal Revenue Service. “The consideration of the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in the House in late...

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