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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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Nonprofit Files Hatch Act Complaints on 10 White House Officials

August 3, 2018 Noting that President Trump last February announced that he is running for reelection in 2020, an ethics group has seized on celebratory tweets from high-level White House staff that it says violate the Hatch Act’s ban on partisan political activity in the federal workplace. In a series of letters to...

Interior Secretary's Ties to Planned Brewery Being Probed by Watchdog

August 2, 2018 Suspicions that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is working with the Halliburton oil giant to build a long-sought brewery in Zinke’s Montana hometown are being pooh-poohed by his department. As first reported by Politico, three House Democrats in June asked Interior Department acting inspector general Mary Kendall to investigate reports that...

Judge Removes Postal Employee Who Violated Hatch Act By Running for Partisan Office

August 2, 2018 An administrative law judge this week ordered the firing of a Philadelphia-area Postal Service processing clerk for violating the Hatch Act, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Thursday. The unnamed employee had run for two partisan political offices in 2017, despite warnings from OSC, winning in one and then...

Vacancy Rate for Top Agency Jobs Continues to Set Records

August 1, 2018 The Trump administration continues to lag behind previous administrations in filling top jobs across government. Seventeen months into his presidency, President Trump has filled 346 out of 686 key posts jointly tracked by the Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post. It’s not just the administration that is slow....

Trump Names Oklahoma Academic as Science Adviser

August 1, 2018 After 18 months of complaints about his lack of a White House science adviser, President Trump on Tuesday announced that he would name a meteorologist at the University of Oklahoma as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Kelvin Droegemeier, who is currently vice president for research and...

State Department Still Has a Lot of Vacancies: Pompeo's Mixed Success

August 1, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “is building a great culture at the State Department and bringing on people who are truly exemplary.” So declared Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., at a July 25 hearing otherwise fraught with tensions over issues like President Trump’s tweets and his secretive...

Lawmakers Highlight Trump's Personal Stake in FBI Headquarters

July 31, 2018 Still smarting from the Trump administration’s abrupt cancellation this February of long-standing plans for a new suburban FBI headquarters, an array of Democratic lawmakers from the Washington area are accusing Trump of letting his personal interests influence policy. During recent talks at the White House on funding the government for...

Senators Unveil Legislation to Overhaul the IRS

July 30, 2018 Twenty years after he co-chaired a commission to restructure the Internal Revenue Service, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on Thursday announced his plan for a 21st century update. The draft “Taxpayer Protection Act,” co-sponsored with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., aims to improve customer service, modernize information technology and “make the agency...

National Intel Office Restructures to Improve Operations

July 27, 2018 Seeking “agility” in operations and analysis, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday unveiled the fruits of the transformation effort it announced in March, standing up four new directorates reporting to deputy directors. The new directorates support integrating intelligence; enabling national security partnerships; driving resources and capability...

NSA Watchdog Breaks Precedent By Releasing Semi-Annual Report

July 27, 2018 For the first time in the history of the secret agency that was rocked by the 2013 Edward Snowden scandal, the National Security Agency’s inspector general has declassified a version of its semi-annual report. Robert Storch, after six months on the job, said the goal was “to be as transparent...