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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What Should Trump Seek in a Budget Director?

December 2, 2016 News reports this week have President-elect Donald Trump considering Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to head the Office of Management and Budget. Unclear from Cohn’s Wall Street background is whether he would meet basic criteria that two past and prominent budget directors laid out at a Thursday lunch talk put...

Lawmakers Appalled at Forest Service Sexual Misconduct, Demand Firings

December 1, 2016 Graphic details and emotional testimony from a female government firefighter at a Thursday hearing prompted House members to scold Agriculture Department officials for their handling of a decades-old culture of sexual harassment at the U.S. Forest Service. The lawmakers’ impatience with agency managers’ claims that the numbers show improvements in...

Trump's Top Nominees Unlikely to Be Deterred by STOCK Act

December 1, 2016 The Cabinet and sub-Cabinet officials being assembled by President-elect Trump include no shortage of wealthy and seasoned financial investors. So as Trump announced that he will soon unveil a plan to avoid conflicts of interest by distancing himself from his vast business holdings, it’s logical to ask whether his Wall...

House Democrats Want to Know What GSA Plans to Do About Trump's Hotel Lease

November 30, 2016 Pressure continues to build on the General Services Administration to decide whether President-elect Donald Trump can keep unaltered the lease his company signed in 2013 to convert Washington's Old Post Office Building into a luxury hotel. The ranking Democrats on two House panels wrote to GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth...

CFOs Fear New Administration Could Jeopardize Efficiency Initiatives

November 30, 2016 The government’s chief financial officers expressed “a clear fear that a new administration will either take a different path or slow progress that would diminish the benefits of ongoing [management] initiatives” such as the move to shared services and enterprise risk management, an annual survey found. Its message on behalf...

Defense Bill Stripped of Language Overturning Contractor Executive Orders

November 30, 2016 The election of Donald Trump had a surprise impact on this month’s House-Senate conference meetings on the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. One of the main sticking points in the bill was whether to include House language on contractor “religious freedom” introduced in May by Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla.,...

Watchdog to Merit Board: Improve Records of Whistleblower Appeals

November 29, 2016 A spike in the number of “individual right of action” whistleblower appeals in recent years has overtaxed the tracking software used by the Merit Systems Protection Board, a watchdog found, threatening the independent agency’s capacity to measure its performance in handling cases of workplace reprisal. Since passage of the 2012...

Science and Academic Groups Implore Trump to Name White House Adviser

November 29, 2016 The week before the presidential election, Scientific American magazine published a list of comments from Republican candidate Donald Trump that the editors deemed “shockingly ignorant” on such topics as climate change, fracking, the Ebola virus and vaccines. Now, three weeks after Trump’s victory, leaders of 29 scientific and academic research...

Senator's 'Wastebook' Mocks Duck Counting, Study of Medieval Smells

November 28, 2016 In his second annual football-season installment of “Federal Fumbles,” Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford detailed and ridiculed what he views as wasteful agency spending on foibles ranging from a study of medieval smells to more substantive problems such as $19.1 billion in improper Medicaid payments. The annual compilation, which Lankford...

Obama Agencies Press On With What GOP Decries as ‘Midnight Rules’

November 28, 2016 With an anti-regulation Trump presidency looming, Obama administration-led agencies in their final two months are forging ahead to complete long-in-the-works regulations that Republicans in Congress tried to ban as “midnight” rules. A roundup by a team of Politico reporters published Monday found that “regulations on commodities speculation, air pollution from...

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