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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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Report: How HHS Buried Information About the Affordable Care Act

May 17, 2018 Since the dawn of the Trump era, the Health and Human Services Department’s leaders have made no secret of their disdain for the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. That shift in policy was bound to show up in the department’s website, but the exact nature of those changes was not readily...

EPA Chief Sets Up a Legal Defense Fund

May 16, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Wednesday acknowledged to senators that he has set up a legal defense fund to address his ethics issues now being examined in more than a dozen investigations. Pruitt confirmed existence of the fund set up by his longtime attorney under questioning from Sen....

Officials Mishandled Trans-Africa Airlift Contract, Pentagon Watchdog Finds

May 15, 2018 Just days after the Pentagon released a post-mortem on a fatal ambush of U.S. combat troops in Niger last year, the department’s watchdog criticized U.S. Africa Command for mishandling a contract for conducting emergency evacuation services and airlifting cargo across the continent. Defense Department rules required the command to conduct...

Intelligence Community Finally Has a Confirmed Inspector General

May 15, 2018 The Senate Monday night approved by voice vote former Justice Department attorney Michael Atkinson to be inspector general of the 17-agency intelligence community, more than six months after his nomination by President Trump. Atkinson was voted out of committee in February, but has seen his nomination delayed while senators tangled...

EPA Chief Requested Extra Security Before He Was Sworn In, IG Reports

May 15, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testified to Congress last month that his heightened security detail was prompted by threats “unprecedented in terms of quantity and type,” as confirmed in an inspector general report. But he was contradicted on Monday by the EPA’s watchdog. In May 14 letters to two...

Commerce Secretary Lauds Civil Servants for Working Weekends Despite 'Trapezoid Pay Structure'

May 14, 2018 The head of the Commerce Department said Monday that one of his most gratifying realizations since taking the job has been the “high quality of the long-term civil servants.” The 47,000 Commerce employees, Wilbur Ross said in a speech at the National Press Club, “are capable technically, non-ideological and, even...

Pentagon Shows Bumpy Progress Toward Curbing Improper Payments

May 11, 2018 As the agency with the largest budget, the Defense Department continues to make shaky progress in the governmentwide push to reduce improper payments, the Pentagon’s inspector general reported on Friday. The watchdog’s required annual review of fiscal 2017 estimates of significant improper payments showed that the department had complied with...

State Department Cuts Cleaning Crew Contract, 17 Workers Laid Off

May 10, 2018 On Friday, May 1, the day before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was sworn in, the State Department’s procurement office imposed a 30 percent cost reduction on an office cleaning contractor. The result: R&R Building Services laid off 17 workers, some of whom have been cleaning diplomats’ workspaces for two...

Consumer Bureau Downplays Mulvaney’s Reorganization of Student Loan Division

May 10, 2018 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is minimizing the significance of acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s just-announced move to consolidate the bureau’s office focused on student loan issues within its larger consumer education division. As reported on Wednesday by The New York Times, a Mulvaney email to staff is part of a...

CDC Director Reveals His Salary After Taking a Pay Cut: $209,700

May 9, 2018 Two weeks after questions were raised about his high salary, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield has released his exact annual salary he agreed to after taking a pay cut to avoid being a distraction: his new pay rate is $209,700. “Dr. Redfield is being paid...