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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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Senator Seeks Special Counsel Probe of 'Burrowing In' at Consumer Bureau

January 5, 2018 In the latest wrinkle in the controversy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a key senator on Thursday wrote to the Office of Special Counsel seeking an investigation of possible wrongful decision making in last January’s conversion of a top political appointee to permanent career status. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.,...

Democrats Challenge Proposed Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

January 4, 2018 The Census Bureau is now addressing a politically fraught proposal from the Justice Department: Ask respondents to the 2020 census whether or not they are citizens. The proposal, which has upset civil rights and census advocacy groups, was sent on Dec. 12 from Arthur Gary, general counsel at the Justice...

Pentagon Struggles to Teach Afghan Government Accountability Controls

January 3, 2018 Among the many reasons for the slow progress in stabilizing war-torn Afghanistan is poor communication between U.S. inspectors and the Kabul government on how U.S. support is tracked. That’s the gist of a newly declassified report released in redacted form last August by the Defense Department’s inspector general reviewing the...

State Department Aims to Soon Name Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism

January 3, 2018 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is moving to make good on a promise to fill the legally mandated but long-vacant position of special envoy for the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. In a statement to Government Executive on Wednesday, a State Department spokesman said, “The Trump administration considers the...

Former Ethics Chief Blasts Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Promotion

January 2, 2018 Freer to speak now that he works for a nonprofit, former Office of Government Ethics chief Walter Shaub is continuing his attacks on the Trump family’s business practices that overlap with their federal service. The issue this time is an alleged conflict of interest over the use of social media...

Transparency Groups Seek Probe of CDC ‘Gag Orders’

December 22, 2017 A coalition of government accountability and transparency organizations have urged the Office of Special Counsel should initiate an investigation of possible violations of whistleblower laws in the Centers for Disease Control’s recent controversial directive to employees to avoid certain words in preparing the agency’s annual budget. What critics labeled a...

Trump Wins a Round in Legal Challenges to His Hotel Profits

December 22, 2017 A U.S. District judge on Thursday dismissed the lawsuit brought by a nonprofit transparency group backed by restaurateurs challenging President Trump’s ability to profit from his Washington luxury hotel. The plaintiffs had cited the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause banning certain gifts from foreign governments as well as reduced profits by competing...

IRS Faces a ‘Crushing’ Workload to Implement the GOP’s Massive Tax Cut

December 22, 2017 The Internal Revenue Service is putting a brave public face on the massive tax cut President Trump signed into law Friday, though stakeholders familiar with past such implementations see a calm before the storm. Reached on Thursday, the IRS in a statement said the agency had “started initial work on...

IG Declines to Probe Treasury Secretary’s Possible Conflicts of Interest Relating to Russia Investigation

December 21, 2017 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who served as the finance chairman of President Trump’s presidential campaign, has been criticized by left-liberal groups who thought he should recuse himself from policy issues affecting Russia, given the ongoing investigations of that country’s interference in the 2016 election. On Wednesday—the same day Treasury imposed...

Senator Expresses Concern About GSA Handing Over Transition Emails to Mueller Probe

December 20, 2017 The attorney for the Trump for America organization won a powerful ally on Tuesday in his challenge to the General Services Administration’s decision to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of ties with Russia by turning over emails from the Trump presidential transition. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of...