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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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National Guard Whistleblower Wins Vindication from Pentagon Watchdog

June 14, 2017 Whistleblower advocates are hailing a rare reversal by the Defense Department’s inspector general, whose report last week substantiated the wrongful termination claim of a Missouri National Guard videographer. Michael Sandknop, an Iraq war veteran and retired Army Reserve master sergeant with a public affairs specialty, was working full-time for a...

Treasury Managers Stress Teamwork in Major Information Technology Upgrade

June 13, 2017 For more than a year, key officials at the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have been venturing out of office silos to meet and assemble requirements for a departmentwide upgrade of personnel data systems. On Tuesday, the day before the scheduled announcement of the award, five of them...

Watchdog: IGs Should Improve Grading of Agencies for Improper Payments

June 13, 2017 Inspectors general, tasked with reporting on how major agencies are following the laws aimed at curbing improper payments, are inconsistent in how they evaluate compliance, the Government Accountability Office found. Cumulatively the watchdogs found that 15 of the 24 major federal agencies in fiscal 2015 fell short of adhering to...

Lawsuits Widen to Challenge Trump's Washington Hotel Arrangement

June 12, 2017 President Trump’s unprecedented arrangement for leasing the federally owned historic building that is now his international luxury hotel continues to draw legal challenges as quickly as it has drawn VIP guests from around the world. On Monday, days after a Time magazine cover featured a story titled “The Swamp Hotel”...

White House Denies that Trump Vacancies Impair Agency Reforms

June 12, 2017 Countering the notion that the large number of high-level agency vacancies is hindering President Trump’s efficiency reforms, the key White House management adviser on Sunday told a television audience a “good dialog” is taking place between agency career staff and budget officials as the June 30 deadline for high-level agency...

Shakeup at GSA as Two Executives Resign

June 12, 2017 Though led only by an acting administrator, that’s not stopping the General Services Administration from embracing reorganization efforts called for by the Trump White House. One result on Monday was two sudden high-level resignations. Tom Sharpe, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service for the last four years, told staff in...

White House Aide Violated Hatch Act With Tweet, Special Counsel Finds

June 9, 2017 President Trump’s White House social media guru this week was given a warning from the Office of Special Counsel that he violated the Hatch Act by tweeting a criticism of a House member in the midst of an April primary election. Dan Scavino Jr., director of social media and assistant...

House Passes Financial Reform Bill that Remakes Consumer Bureau

June 9, 2017 The Republican-controlled House on Thursday passed a comprehensive bill to undo much of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Financial Reform act, including restructuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the name of accountability to Congress. The largely party-line vote for the Financial Choice Act (H.R. 10) was 233-186. Long in the works...

Newly Released Agency Ethics Waivers Leave Much Unanswered

June 8, 2017 As promised, the Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday released a batch of ethics waivers granted to agency officials. While it appeared to contain no bombshells, the unveiling left both the ethics agency and outside critics hungry for greater detail. The copies of 17 letters or memos allowing waivers from...

State Department Defends Lack of Daily Press Briefings as Temporary

June 8, 2017 One salient characteristic of Secretary Rex Tillerson’s tenure at the State Department is the scarcity of the globally watched daily press briefings that for decades have been considered routine. “State Department press briefings go dark," read the headline on a June 5 “Secrecy News” blogpost by transparency activist Steven Aftergood...