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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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Senator Challenges Park Service Deal to Keep Tower Open in Trump Hotel

January 11, 2019 A key Senate Democrat on Thursday asked the acting Interior secretary to rethink the current arrangement that allows the National Park Service during the partial government shutdown to continue public tours of Washington’s Old Post Office clock tower located inside the Trump International Hotel. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the newly...

With 5,000 Furloughed, FBI Agents Group Petitions for Resumed Funding

January 10, 2019 Stressing that special agents risk their security clearances if they incur much personal debt, leaders of the 14,450-member FBI Agents Association on Thursday sent a petition asking Congress and the White House to immediately resume funding for the partially idled Justice Department, the bureau’s parent agency. “On Friday, Jan. 11,...

GPO Redirects Census Printing Contract Following Legal Challenge

January 9, 2019 The Government Publishing Office, rebounding from an unsuccessful contracting deal terminated last July, has awarded a $114.5 million Census printing job to Chicago-based R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. The contract to print questionnaires, letters, inserts, postcards and envelopes that will go out to prospective respondents to the 2020 Census is...

Furious Democrats Blast Shutdown as ‘Stupid’ and ‘Madness’

January 9, 2019 Hours before President Trump met with Republican Senators for lunch on Wednesday to shore up support for a southern border wall, House Democrats from the Washington region joined federal union leaders in a taunting press conference decrying the government shutdown. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called the current partial...

Advocacy Group Mimics Consumer Bureau's Discontinued Student Loan Report

January 8, 2019 In August, the student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau submitted an angry resignation letter. Seth Frotman, after seven years as that job’s inaugural occupant, was fed up with then-acting director Mick Mulvaney’s reorganization of the loan division in a way Frotman said favored companies over consumers. Five...

White House Takes Risk Directing IRS to Un-Furlough Staff to Process Tax Refunds

January 8, 2019 Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has on several occasions contrasted the Trump administration’s handling of government shutdowns with what he characterizes as the Obama approach of “weaponizing” the lapses in services to make the pain more visible. On Monday, that line was repeated by Russell Vought, Mulvaney’s...

A Shutdown-Era Visit to Park Service Ops at Trump’s D.C. Hotel

January 7, 2019 Though the partial government shutdown has idled many National Park Service operations, a notable exception in the nation’s capital is the historically protected Old Post Office tower on Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. That tourist destination showcasing a vintage clock and spectacular 12th-floor views shares a building under a government lease to...

Democratic-Run House Creates New Whistleblower Ombudsman

January 7, 2019 During their first hours controlling the House in the 116th Congress, Democrats on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4 pushed through an array of single-chamber rules changes that included creation of a long-sought Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman. By a 418-12 vote, the House on Thursday approved Title II of a...

IRS Faces Busiest Season Under New Tax Law With a Mostly Furloughed Workforce

January 7, 2019 “Due to the lapse in appropriations, most IRS operations are closed,” reads the emergency notice to employees on the website of the Internal Revenue Service. With only about 9,946 (12.5 percent) of the agency’s 80,000 employees on the job, according to its contingency plan finalized in late November, the tax...

Social Security May Have Overpaid Disability Claims by $657M

January 4, 2019 The Social Security Administration’s inaccurate verification of eligibility start dates may have resulted in as much as $657 million in overpayments in the disability and supplemental insurance programs, a watchdog found. Based on a sampling of 200 claims in fiscal 2015-2016, SSA employees “did not accurately establish” disability insurance entitlement...