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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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As Democrats Demand Subpoenas, House Panel Advances Good-Government Tools

February 6, 2018 In a sign that transparency may lie in the eye of the beholder, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved an array of bills to improve government access and efficiency at the same time majority Republicans blocked Democratic demands to subpoena numerous agencies on Trump administration-related...

GSA Has No Rule Against Feds Staying at Trump’s D.C. Hotel

February 5, 2018 In what may be the first instance of an agency employee spending per diem allowance at the controversial Trump International Hotel, a General Services Administration official was newly revealed to have stayed last year at the Washington hotel that the agency leased to the Trump family business. As reported on...

Internal Emails Show FBI Agents Were Shocked and Shaken After Trump Fired Comey

February 5, 2018 A trove of internal FBI emails released over the weekend shows the dramatic impact President Trump’s firing of then director James Comey had on the bureau’s workforce last May. The messages portray agents deeply shocked and saddened by the news, and they contradict Trump’s description of a bureau “in tatters.”...

FBI Employees Caught In Political Crossfire Over Release of Controversial GOP Memo

February 2, 2018 At 6:30 a.m. on Friday, about six hours before the House Intelligence Committee released the long-anticipated memo accusing the FBI of political bias, President Trump issued a tweet with a distinction that may or may not represent a difference. “The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice...

Justice Department Settles ‘Final’ Case in IRS Targeting Dispute

February 2, 2018 The Justice Department, in what a spokesman called the “final settlement” in a series of cases accusing the Internal Revenue Service of political bias, on Thursday announced an agreement with a pro-Israel nonprofit called Z Street. Reflecting the signing of a consent order by Acting Internal Revenue Commissioner David Kautter,...

CBO Delivers More Grim Fiscal News That Could Irk Congress

February 1, 2018 Congress’s resident Cassandra, officially the Congressional Budget Office, reported on Wednesday that lower-than-projected revenue receipts added to the budget deficit and accelerated the day of reckoning for lawmakers to raise the debt ceiling. The nonpartisan arm of Congress—which has come under attack from Republicans in recent years for its estimates...

EPA Chief Promises Democratic Senators Some Missing Answers

January 31, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt emerged from a Senate hearing on Tuesday with garlands of praise from Republicans but some unfinished business with skeptical Democrats. Pruitt’s first appearance before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee since his confirmation was characterized as long overdue by ranking member Sen. Tom...

Consumer Bureau's Structure Is Constitutional, Appeals Court Rules

January 31, 2018 In a break for creators of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an appeals court on Wednesday reversed a previous ruling and declared the independent structure of the controversial agency to be constitutional. The full U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit overruled a September 2016 decision by its...

Trump’s Message to Feds: 'A New American Moment' and Tougher Accountability

January 30, 2018 In his first State of the Union address, President Trump on Tuesday night declared “a new American moment” in a call for unity that also pushed for greater authority to fire federal employees who “fail the American people.” He combined his review of first-year economic accomplishments, which he called record-breaking,...

Special Counsel Hits VA for Patient Neglect, Unsanitary Conditions, Contractor Self Dealing

January 30, 2018 This story has been updated with comments from VA. The Veterans Affairs Department last week was hit by three highly critical letters of referral to Congress and the president in whistleblower cases probed by the Office of Special Counsel. The separate cases documented staff failures at VA medical centers to...