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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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Ivanka Trump’s Murky White House Job Status

March 30, 2017 First daughter Ivanka Trump has been through several stages over the past few weeks on her way to becoming a federal employee. On March 20, news reports said she had been assigned a prestigious West Wing White House office from which to advise her father. On March 24, several ethics...

Comey on the Political Firestorms His Decisions Stoke: ‘Honestly, I Don’t Care’

March 30, 2017 If you think FBI Director James Comey agonizes over how he’s perceived by critics when he makes politically fraught decisions, you’re probably overthinking the matter. "I know that when I make a hard decision, a storm is going to follow," he told contractors gathered at a dinner Wednesday evening put...

Veteran Diplomat Decries State Department Vacancies

March 29, 2017 A situation in which Washington’s cherry blossoms are in bloom, yet all top positions surrounding the secretary of State are vacant, is a sign that “the White House has completely mismanaged this transition.” So said Nicholas Burns, a veteran Foreign Service officer who held high State Department positions in the...

Census Questionnaire Reappears Without New LGBT Category

March 29, 2017 This story has been updated. The LGBT community for a moment on Tuesday grew excited about the unprecedented inclusion of a new “gender identity” question on the Census Bureau’s proposed questionnaire for the 2020 big count submitted, as required by law, to Congress. But the same day, the Census Bureau...

Trump Gets Credit for Tackling Federal Management Issues

March 28, 2017 President Trump’s new plan for a White House Office of American Innovation run by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is winning some plaudits from long-time observers of similar government efficiency campaigns. The danger, however, could appear in the form of large-scale layoffs and an unfruitful reliance on contractors,...

Secret Service Credited for Progress Just as White House Fence Was Breached

March 28, 2017 Last Friday, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general released a summary of a classified report crediting the Secret Service with progress in improving White House security techniques in response to a disturbing 2014 fence-jumping incident. What was odd about the March 16, 2017, report from Inspector General John Roth to...

Banning Executive Portraits Might Save Half a Million Dollars

March 27, 2017 The once-common practice of spending agency funds on formal oil portraits of top officers has been banned from appropriations bill since 2014. But in January, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., introduced the EGO Act (S 188) from a previous Congress to make the ban permanent. On Friday, the Congressional Budget Office...

Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Trying to Bilk Social Security of $550 Million

March 27, 2017 This story has been updated. In a break for the governmentwide effort to thwart improper payments, the Justice Department on Friday announced a guilty plea by a Kentucky disability attorney involved in a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration of as much as $550 million. Eric Christopher Conn, 56,...

Intel Community Scientist Subjects Contracts to Frequent Review

March 24, 2017 Forget the traditional annual review. The top scientist for the intelligence community’s innovation grant maker says his agency reviews contracts every six months to decide whether the funding continues. “The bulk of time on my job is to review progress on new programs, and a fourth of our budget is...

Senate Whistleblower Caucus Backs Reappointment of Special Counsel

March 24, 2017 Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner found her name among 23 Obama-era nominations that President Trump withdrew in late February. Having run the Office of Special Counsel since 2011, she has continued since her five-year term expired last June under a one-year “carry-over period” allowed under Title 5, Section 1211 of the...