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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100 Feds Found to Be Frequent Workplace Porn-Watchers

February 28, 2017 The scope of a long-discussed agency problem came into focus on Monday when a Washington, D.C., TV news station reported it had counted about 100 federal employees who acknowledged watching pornography for hours during the workday. Using the Freedom of Information Act, News4 I-Team reporter Scott MacFarlane and his colleagues...

When Does a Leak to the Media Violate the Law?

February 27, 2017 With would-be agency whistleblowers on edge and President Trump warning that news leaks are criminal acts, the Congressional Research Service on Feb. 22 sent Congress one of its “legal sidebars” reviewing past approaches to distinguishing between illegal and legal contact with the media. The gist: numerous federal employees have been...

Marshals Service Retaliated Against Whistleblowers, Watchdog Finds

February 27, 2017 Supervisors in the U.S. Marshals Service Oklahoma office inappropriately retaliated against underlings for cooperating with an inspector general investigation, the watchdog found, a violation of agency rules and the 1978 Inspector General Act. The three managers, including the chief deputy marshal in the jurisdiction, were found to have exerted undue...

The OMB Director’s Impossible Position

February 24, 2017 President Trump’s newly installed budget director “will either be the most influential member of the Cabinet or the next one out the door,” according to longtime budget expert Stan Collender. Former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., took “some of the most virulent anti-deficit, anti-spending positions” in the past few years and...

Lawmaker Would Curb Excess Deliveries of Federal Register on the Hill

February 23, 2017 If more Members of Congress embraced the digital revolution, the drop in the government’s printing bills would be, well, substantial, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The legislative scorekeepers on Wednesday weighed in with an estimate on a bill (H.R. 195) by Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., that would forbid the...

Law Prof: Ease Trump's Conflicts of Interest Via a Public Trust

February 23, 2017 President Trump’s plan announced on Jan. 11 to turn his vast business holdings over to his sons does not go far enough to allay concerns about conflicts of interest, a law professor says. Given that the sons continue as close presidential advisers, a better solution would be a public trust,...

White House Staff Ethics Training is Ongoing, Spokeswoman Says

February 23, 2017 There’s no public word on any discipline for presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway for her Feb. 9 White House pressroom endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, despite an opinion from the Office of Government Ethics that she likely violated executive branch ethics rules. But the White House Counsel’s Office “has been...

Legal Group Seeks Probe of FEC Commissioner for Trump Tweet

February 22, 2017 In the latest dust-up at the divided Federal Election Commission, a tweet from a commissioner challenging a statement from President Trump has prompted a conservative legal group to demand an inspector general investigation of whether federal ethics laws were violated. The Cause of Action Institute on Tuesday wrote to FEC...

A Pep Talk for Federal Employees from NIH’s Collins

February 22, 2017 As with sequestration in 2013, federal employees now are living in “another of those uncertain times,” said Francis Collins, the award-winning physician-geneticist who directs the National Institutes of Health. They also are “an amazing group of dedicated, talented and hard-working people who are often unappreciated,” he said on Wednesday at...

Arts and Humanities Agencies Brace for Familiar Threat of Extinction

February 22, 2017 Employees at the National Endowment for the Humanities are worried. Since word began spreading late last month that the Trump administration’s first draft budget would adopt long-standing conservative proposals for eliminating NEH and similar agencies, people “are living day to day,” said Talana Morton-Smith, vice president of Local 3403, the...

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