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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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Trump’s Pick for IRS Chief Well Steeped in Parsing Tax Controversies

February 9, 2018 President Trump’s pick for Internal Revenue commissioner would bring a rich background in addressing tax controversies from his work with the agency as well as the tax section of the American Bar Association. Thursday’s White House announcement nominating California private tax attorney Charles Rettig for a seven-year term (beginning last...

Trump’s Budget Will Push Performance-Based Pay for Feds

February 9, 2018 Making good on last year’s promise to remake government “starting from scratch,” the Office of Management and Budget signaled that Monday’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal will include a shift from “tenure-based” civil service system pay to performance-based bonuses. The Associated Press reported that senior administration officials on Thursday said Trump...

Lawmakers Press FEMA for Documents on Canceled Meals Contract for Puerto Rico

February 8, 2018 With Puerto Rico still struggling to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Maria, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is under pressure to release documents to explain a since-canceled $156 million contract with a one-person company to provide 30 million meals for the island. Democrats on the House Oversight and Government...

Military Watchdogs Defend Process for Probing Officer Misconduct

February 8, 2018 Ticking off a string of cases of scandalous personal behavior by selected high-ranking military officers—from workplace adultery, to visits to strip clubs, to accepting bribes—a key House Democrat on Wednesday challenged brass in the services and the inspector general community to toughen standards for punishment of wayward officers. Many senior...

Military Watchdogs Defend Process for Probing Officer Misconduct

February 8, 2018 Ticking off a string of cases of scandalous personal behavior by selected high-ranking military officers—from workplace adultery, to visits to strip clubs, to accepting bribes—a key House Democrat on Wednesday challenged brass in the services and the inspector generals community to toughen standards for punishment of wayward officers. Many senior...

Lawmakers Revive Effort to Curb Agency Payments to Dead People

February 7, 2018 In the latest solution to a perennial problem of improper federal payments to the deceased, a bipartisan group in Congress on Monday offered a new bill that would expand agency access to the closely regulated death database kept by the Social Security Administration. The Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People...

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...