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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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Tillerson Praises State Dept.'s Work Product, Promises Career Satisfaction

May 3, 2017 In his first detailed speech to State Department employees, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said the agency’s written geo-political analyses were highly valued by the White House and invited staff to consider his efforts to modernize the department a voyage on a ship “we’re all on.” Tillerson made...

Panetta Continues Pushing for Pentagon Recruiting Reforms

May 3, 2017 President Trump’s efforts to build up the military’s weaponry would be for naught if the Defense Department is unable to attract qualified talent, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wrote in a Wednesday Wall Street Journal op-ed. Co-authored by former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., the essay updated a March report Panetta...

House Panel Clears Expanded OSC Access to Protect Whistleblowers

May 3, 2017 In a bipartisan move to beef up whistleblower protections, a House panel on Tuesday approved a trio of bills to expand Office of Special Counsel access to personnel files and ensure whistleblowers have broader access to courts. Whistleblower advocates welcomed the move. “Passing these bipartisan bills illustrates our commitment to...

Transparency Groups Protest White House Lack of Reporting on Staff Pay

May 2, 2017 In the latest clash over disclosure practices of the Trump administration, 10 ethics and transparency groups on Monday wrote congressional committee chairmen asking them to review what appears to be a White House decision to discontinue a mandatory personnel report on the salaries of White House staff. The annual report,...

ICE and Border Patrol Still Struggle With Smugglers at Southern Border

May 2, 2017 Along the southern border where President Trump envisions a new wall, human traffickers and illicit drug smugglers continue plying their trade using tunnels, ultralight aircraft, fishing boats and recreational maritime vessels, a watchdog reported. From 2011-2016, 67 cross-border tunnels were detected in the Border Patrol’s territory around Tucson, Ariz., and...

Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered Plan for Endangered Species Day

May 2, 2017 Environmental activists at the nonprofit Endangered Species Coalition grew alarmed last week when they received a call from someone at the Fish and Wildlife Service. Apparently, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had issued a directive withdrawing the service from participating in this month’s annual Endangered Species Day set of educational events....

Broadcasting Board Chief Dismisses Story that Trump Would Co-Opt His Agency

May 1, 2017 Reporting earlier this year suggesting that the Trump administration might impose its brand on U.S. international broadcasting “is not true and came from a reporter’s imagination,” John Lansing, CEO and director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, said on Monday. “It was not sourced to anyone at the White House,...

Feds Think Trump Should Play By the Same Rules They Have to Follow

May 1, 2017 For federal employees accustomed to following agency ethics guidelines, the first 100 days with businessman Donald Trump in the White House brought out concerns about his potential conflicts of interests, bypassing of anti-nepotism rules and his emphasis on the special prerogatives of the president. Sixty percent of 1,295 survey respondents...

Special IG Calls for Trump-Era Recalibration in Afghanistan

May 1, 2017 Faced with a deteriorating military and economic situation, U.S. agencies working to rebuild war-torn Afghanistan should use the advent of a new presidential administration to re-rank programs to focus on those that are most effective, a watchdog advised. In a grim quarterly report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan...

GSA Finally Disposes of Historic But Empty Cotton Annex

April 28, 2017 After years of criticism for what Republican lawmakers called “sitting on our assets,” the General Services Administration on Friday finally transferred the title of the Cotton Annex, a long-vacant Agriculture Department structure on Washington’s Federal Triangle. "We are pleased that this underutilized federal property generated robust interest in the marketplace,”...