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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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D.C. Restaurateurs Plan Appeal of Ruling Favoring Trump’s Hotel Profits

November 27, 2018 A pair of Washington, D.C., restaurant owners and their attorneys on Tuesday vowed to appeal a district judge’s ruling on Monday that rejected their claim that President Trump’s ownership of the Trump International Hotel near the White House violates laws against unfair competition. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon of the...

'60 Minutes' Scoop on Child Separations at Border Relied on Homeland Security Whistleblowers

November 27, 2018 The Sunday night television story was hard-hitting enough to draw a rebuttal from President Trump on Monday. After CBS News' “60 Minutes” broadcast interviews with Homeland Security Department specialists criticizing the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border enforcement policy that has separated arriving children from their parents and finding that the...

Trump Administration Quietly Releases Intact 13-Agency Climate Change Report

November 26, 2018 Scientists inside the 13 agencies that prepared the major report on climate change released quietly on Friday are said to be relieved that the Trump administration did not alter their work, but puzzled by the timing of publication. That’s according to soundings taken by colleagues outside government who spoke on...

Acting Attorney General’s Financial Disclosures Spark New Fireworks

November 21, 2018 Within hours of the long-sought release of his financial disclosure forms, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s past political and business activities prompted transparency groups to pounce with new complaints. Possible violations of the Hatch Act prohibiting partisan political activity in the federal workplace, incomplete information on the two key forms...

Democrats’ Plan to Reverse ‘Interference’ at Consumer Bureau

November 20, 2018 Among the many implications of the coming Democratic takeover of the House in January will be an altered debate on the long-controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., the likely chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, has promised a special focus on protecting the bureau that many Republicans...

Pentagon Lags on Policing Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable Contracts

November 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two years after Congress required clearer criteria on when the Defense Department could issue lowest price, technically-acceptable contracts, Pentagon contracting officers still lack adequate written guidance, the Government Accountability Office concluded in an audit released last week. Under the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (Section 813), the department is...

Legal, Ethical Challenges Mount for Acting Attorney General

November 19, 2018 An array of critics of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker are using legal machinery to challenge him on multiple fronts, from the constitutionality of his appointment by President Trump, to the secrecy around his financial disclosure forms, to his refusal to recuse himself from decisions affecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s...

Pentagon Lags on Policing Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable Contracts

November 19, 2018 Two years after Congress required clearer criteria on when the Defense Department could issue lowest price, technically-acceptable contracts, Pentagon contracting officers still lack adequate written guidance, the Government Accountability Office concluded in an audit released last week. Under the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (Section 813), the department is...

Ex-Senator Urges a Return to Bipartisan Oversight

November 16, 2018 Retired Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., was striving to avoid partisanship when he spoke on Friday at the first “Oversight Summit” organized by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight. After presenting a state lawmaker (South Carolina Republican Rep. Weston Newton) with Levin’s new namesake award for effective oversight, the 36-year veteran...

Critics of Agriculture’s Planned Office Moves Seek Funding Halt

November 16, 2018 As the Agriculture Department proceeds with site selection for a controversial move of two research offices outside of Washington, dozens of science and advocacy groups have stepped up their opposition. On Nov. 13, a coalition of some 60 science, research and advocacy groups sent House appropriators a letter requesting that...