Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charlie 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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Senate Narrowly Passes Repeal of Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule

March 6, 2017 The Senate on Monday narrowly approved a House-passed resolution to overturn President Obama’s Fair Pay, Safe Workplaces order, handing a victory to contractors who had blasted the order and the Labor Department’s rule to implement it as “blacklisting.” The vote was 49-48, and President Trump, based on a Feb. 1...

Acting CMS Chiefs Give Obamacare Staff a Thank-You Party

March 6, 2017 Though many federal employees across government are likely feeling vulnerable in the Trump era, few are experiencing more uncertainty than the staff at the Health and Human Services Department who just shepherded through the open enrollment for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The three career employees currently running HHS’...

Who’s Minding the Store at the Agencies?

March 6, 2017 All presidential transitions bring uncertainty and a reshuffling of agency managers. But the Trump administration, with its focus on high-visibility Cabinet nominations, has fallen behind predecessors and the recommended schedule on naming people to the secondary positions—the deputies and undersecretaries who steer career staff and keep agencies moving forward. Of...

GOP Plan to Kill Election Assistance Commission Would Save $40 Million, CBO Says

March 3, 2017 A long-standing Republican plan to eliminate the 15-year-old Election Assistance Commission would save the government $40 million from 2018-2022, according to a new score from the Congressional Budget Office. A bill (H.R. 634) introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., which cleared the House Administration Committee on Feb. 7 in a...

GSA, OMB Advised to Better Validate Data on Disposal of Excess Federal Property

March 3, 2017 The current shrink-the-government climate suggests a continuation under President Trump of the Obama administration’s efforts to shed unneeded federal properties. As they implement a new law aimed at streamlining the real estate disposal process, the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration on Thursday got word from...

TSA Pressured to Cooperate With Special Counsel Document Demands

March 2, 2017 In an example of the limits of having acting agency heads during a transition, the Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday put up little defense against attacks by lawmakers and other federal officials for its policy of resisting certain demands for documents from Office of Special Counsel investigators. At a contentious...

Trump Transition Team Spurned Ethics, Management Training

March 2, 2017 The Trump transition team, as it shuffled personnel in the chaotic November-through-January preparations to take over the White House, backed out of contract for training the new administration’s staff and nominees on ethics and management issues pertinent to federal service, Politico reported on Wednesday. The General Services Administration had put...

Secret Service Officer Pleads Guilty to Enticing Minors for Sex

March 2, 2017 A uniformed Secret Service officer who was arrested while protecting the White House in November 2015 pleaded guilty on Wednesday to enticing a minor female to engage in sexual activity, the Justice Department announced. Lee Robert Moore, 38, of Church Hill, Md., also admitted to attempting to send a minor...

NTEU Leaders: It’s Time to ‘Rally for Your Jobs, Your Benefits, Your Country’

March 1, 2017 Last December, when then-President Obama was set to announce he was upping the planned federal pay raise to 2.1 percent, the head of the National Treasury Employees Union received a call from a contact at the Office of Management and Budget. “I have good news,” the official told NTEU National...

Jared Kushner’s Conflict of Interest Issues

March 1, 2017 As a White House adviser with a broad portfolio, presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner is required to comply with federal law forbidding employees from profiting from endeavors affected by government decisions in which they participate. Hence, beginning in December, Kushner—a wealthy real estate owner and investor married to Ivanka Trump—and his...

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