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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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ATF Rushed Sole-Source Contracts Without Market Research, Watchdog Finds

March 18, 2019 In its efforts to meet small business contracting goals, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives neglected proper market research and record-keeping before awarding sole-source contracts, a watchdog found. “Proper documentation is necessary to show that ATF safeguarded federal funds, furthered the purpose of small business programs, and complied...

White House Declines to Help GAO Review Appointee Ethics Disclosures

March 15, 2019 Citing little help from the White House, a congressional watchdog on Friday criticized a shortage of public information about precisely who is serving in presidentially appointed positions and their possible financial conflicts. The Government Accountability Office, after examining ethics office records at the Interior Department, the Health and Human Services...

Move to Depoliticize Security Clearances Could Face Resistance

March 15, 2019 Responding to reports that President Trump overruled intelligence agency recommendations on security clearances, two senators on Thursday introduced a bill that would “protect the integrity” of the process against politicization. Observers predicted it would heighten long-standing tensions over the prerogatives of the executive branch and Congress. The Integrity in Security...

Pentagon’s Fine-Tuned Transgender Policy Draws Flak

March 14, 2019 Telegraphed a year ago, the Defense Department on Tuesday issued a directive unveiling its altered approach to handling transgender military service members, raising objections from lawmakers and advocacy organizations for LGBTQ people. The new directive signed by acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist allows service by transgender people who can...

Chemical Board Settles with Managing Director After Three-Year Paid Leave

March 14, 2019 Just a day before a scheduled three-day civil service court hearing, the Chemical Safety Board on Wednesday settled its dispute with fired managing director Daniel Horowitz, who had spent three years on paid administrative leave after contesting his dismissal. Given Horowitz’s salary of $161,900, his paid leave cost the government...

FOIA Requests Are Up In Trump Era, But Parties Disagree on Whether That’s Good

March 13, 2019 Three key players in the governmentwide effort to improve Freedom of Information Act responsiveness were summoned to a House hearing on Wednesday of the annual Sunshine Week. Though all agreed that outsider requests have shot up since President Trump took office, Republicans and Democrats pressed differing priorities for use of...

Pentagon Forced to Go to Trial on Withheld FOIA Documents

March 13, 2019 After years of litigation, a small business advocacy group has succeeded in forcing the Defense Department into a trial over its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act to release data requested from major contractors detailing their questionable use of subcontractors. On March 8, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in...

Transparency Groups Sue Health and Human Services Over Website Changes

March 13, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Advocacy groups’ efforts to monitor the Trump administration’s subtle changes to agency websites expanded this week with a lawsuit demanding Health and Human Services Department documents on the decision to remove online materials on women’s health issues and with the unveiling of a new central portal for tracking website changes...

Transparency Groups Sue Health and Human Services Over Website Changes

March 12, 2019 Advocacy groups’ efforts to monitor the Trump administration’s subtle changes to agency websites expanded this week with a lawsuit demanding Health and Human Services Department documents on the decision to remove online materials on women’s health issues and with the unveiling of a new central portal for tracking website changes...

IRS Budget Would Rise Slightly As Agency Manages New Tax Law

March 12, 2019 Funding for the Internal Revenue Service—which for nearly a decade has been cut or kept flat—would get a small boost under the White House fiscal 2020 budget released on Monday. The tax agency’s share of the Treasury Department request would be $11.5 billion, compared with $11.3 billion this year “to...