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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Trump's FCC Chief Wastes No Time Changing Agency Direction

February 6, 2017 In his first 10 days as head of the Federal Communications Commission, former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai issued a slew of new rules and declarations, prompting the lone Democrat on the five-member commission (currently with two vacancies) to issue dissents. On Friday, Pai revoked what he called Obama-era “midnight regulations”...

EPA Employees Using Encryption Apps May Violate Records Laws

February 3, 2017 Following news stories of disgruntled federal employees using encryption technology to criticize the Trump administration, a conservative legal group has filed a Freedom of Information request with the Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to enforce federal records laws. “It appears that some employees at the EPA may be using...

Democrats Get Results Targeting Trump Via Inspectors General

February 3, 2017 Though inspectors general are statutorily independent, their choice of targets to investigate may be influenced by partisans in Congress who press a timely case. This Wednesday, following days of bumpy agency implementation of President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration and arrival of refugees, the Homeland Security Department inspector general announced...

Contractors Applaud House Vote to Kill Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule

February 3, 2017 Two major contracting groups hailed House passage on Thursday of a long-expected resolution to undo the Obama administration’s 2014 “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” order requiring contractors to report past violations of 14 labor laws. House joint resolution 37, sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., declares that the implementation rule...

Trump’s Agency Gag Orders Draw Bipartisan Criticism

February 2, 2017 A long-planned House oversight hearing on whistleblower protection on Wednesday was steered by Republicans and Democrats into a platform for criticisms of the Trump administration’s early efforts to discourage federal employees from speaking to Congress or the press. Democrats Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., flagged a memo sent...

Taxpayers Are Having an Easier Time Getting Through to IRS Call Centers

February 2, 2017 The 2016 filing season brought improvements in the Internal Revenue Services’ level of customer service at call centers, and in efforts to thwart the rising threat of fraud based on taxpayer identity theft, the Government Accountability Office reported. In a report on a five-year lookback released on Tuesday, auditors found...

Trump OMB Nominee Clears Two Senate Panels Along Party Lines

February 2, 2017 Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney, the Tea Party favorite from South Carolina, saw his nomination to be President Trump’s budget director clear two Senate panels on Thursday, each by a single vote. First the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved reporting Mulvaney’s nomination to the floor by a party-line...

Pentagon Watchdog Clears CENTCOM Intel Officers of ‘Cooking the Books’

February 1, 2017 Twenty months after charges surfaced that U.S. Central Command intelligence officers had falsified and distorted reports related to efforts to counter the Islamic State, the Pentagon inspector general’s office released an exhaustive report finding significant communications problems, but no malfeasance. The charges, first reported by Defense Intelligence Agency analysts to...

Inspectors General Worry About Hiring Freeze, Regulatory Cap

February 1, 2017 Inspectors general, fresh off of passage of a new law enhancing their powers, “are concerned a lot about the potential impact of [President Trump’s] hiring freeze,” Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz told a House panel on Wednesday. “OIG offices were hit particularly hard during sequestration and [that] had a significant...

SCOTUS Nominee Could Alter High Court’s View of Regulation

February 1, 2017 Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, may be the answer to the prayers of many Republicans in Congress who have embarked on a project of diluting agency authority on regulation. The generally pro-business judge currently on the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, differs from the late conservative...

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