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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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As Shutdown Clock Ticks, Senate to Take Up Four Spending Bills

July 25, 2018 With 12 legislative days left in the fiscal year, the top leaders of Congress met with President Trump on Wednesday to discuss funding the government next year, the upshot being that the Senate is set this week to take up a “minibus” of four of the government’s 12 spending bills....

Judge Rules Trump Hotel Profits Lawsuit Filed By Maryland and D.C. Can Move Forward

July 25, 2018 Two attorneys general may be faring better than lawmakers, nonprofit organizations and restaurant owners have in taking President Trump to court over the continuing profits his company makes from its lease of the government-owned historic building in Washington that houses the Trump International Hotel. On Wednesday, a district court judge...

Trump Must Face Lawsuit on Hotel Profits, Judge Rules

July 25, 2018 Two attorneys general may be faring better than lawmakers, nonprofit organizations and restaurant owners have in taking President Trump to court over the continuing profits his company makes from its lease of the government-owned historic building in Washington that houses the Trump International Hotel. On Wednesday, a district court judge...

Acquisition Reforms Survive in Defense Authorization Bill

July 24, 2018 Contractors hoping to protect their right to file bid protests got much of what they wanted in the conference report for the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which also contained several provisions to streamline the Pentagon’s acquisitions. In reconciling the two chambers’ bills, House members accepted a Senate provision...

More Phony IRS Callers Heading to Prison

July 24, 2018 Despite persistent messages from the Internal Revenue Service that it never cold-calls delinquent taxpayers, unwitting people have continued to be cheated by fraudsters posing as threatening government agents. On Friday, the Justice Department announced what Attorney General Jeff Sessions called a “significant victory” in counter-fraud efforts with guilty pleas and...

Consumer Bureau Nominee Appears to Survive Senators' Grilling

July 23, 2018 A Montana Democrat told President Trump’s nominee to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week that she “probably has the votes to be confirmed.” But like several Democrats on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Sen. Jon Tester challenged the nominee on her promise to...

Stalled Nominee for CIA Watchdog Job Withdraws Amid Whistleblower Criticism

July 23, 2018 A veteran of several inspector general offices whose nomination to be permanent CIA watchdog was stalled in the Senate has withdrawn from consideration and is leaving the government, the agency confirmed. As the Associated Press reported on Friday, intelligence community whistleblowers and their advocacy groups had criticized Christopher Sharpley—who had...

Agency Buyers Express Rising Optimism About Workforce Skills, Communication

July 18, 2018 Contracting officers around government are feeling more upbeat about their colleagues’ skill levels and ability to execute complicated information technology purchases, according to a survey unveiled on Wednesday. Despite perennial worries about budgets, regulatory restraints and obstacles to hiring, most of the 65 acquisition professionals interviewed are optimistic, according to...

E-Mail Preservation Bill Clears House

July 18, 2018 Four years after it was first introduced, a bill to require agencies and the White House to modernize their systems for preserving email records cleared the House on Monday by voice vote. Managed by on the floor by Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., the Electronic Message Preservation Act (H.R. 1376) was...

Treasury and IRS Move to Protect Donor Anonymity

July 17, 2018 Five years after the alleged “targeting” of conservative nonprofits by the Internal Revenue Service, the Treasury Department and the tax agency on Monday released a new rule that relieves tax-exempt groups from having to reveal the personal identity information of their donors. The move by the Trump administration furthers a...