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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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Social Security Plan to Shutter Field Office Prompts Street Protest

May 3, 2018 The Trump administration’s bid to streamline agency operations bumped up against the human factor on Thursday as the Social Security Administration’s quiet plan to close a suburban Washington field office provoked a demonstration. Some 60-70 mostly union protesters gathered in front of the Social Security Office in Arlington, Va., chanting...

Energy Dept. CFO Faulted for Risking Violations of Anti-Deficiency Act

May 2, 2018 A probe of Energy Department finances that sometimes got testy led the agency’s inspector general last week to fault the chief financial officer for being dismissive of reports that one program might have violated the Anti-Deficiency Act to the tune of $16 million. The April 26 report from acting watchdog...

FCC Member Violated Hatch Act, Special Counsel Finds

May 2, 2018 A Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission appointed by President Obama violated the Hatch Act while speaking at a conservative political gathering last February, the Office of Special Counsel determined. Commissioner Michael O’Rielly “advocated for the reelection of President Trump in his official capacity as FCC commissioner,” wrote Erica...

U.S. Progress in Rebuilding Afghanistan Detectable Amid Tragedy

May 1, 2018 Despite continued deadly bombings, official corruption and stalled economic development, the 17-year-old U.S. effort to rebuild war-torn Afghanistan has “helped set the stage for progress,” a watchdog reported amid a grim litany of negative indicators. “The U.S. experience in providing support for private-sector development in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2017...

New CDC Chief Takes Pay Cut After Senator's Complaint

May 1, 2018 After five weeks on the job, Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert Redfield agreed to a pay cut, the Health and Human Services Department confirmed. The former University of Maryland AIDS research standout appointed by President Trump was paid $375,000 under a special hiring authority, far more than the...

Merit Board Judge Reinstates Commerce Scientist Accused of Spying

April 30, 2018 A government scientist accused of spying for China won reinstatement to her job as a Commerce Department hydrologist last week. The decision by an administrative judge at the Merit Systems Protection Board in the widely reported case of Sherry Chen was cheered by lawmakers in the Congressional Asian Pacific American...

Groups Monitoring Agency Website Changes See Deeper Trump Agenda

April 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last December, the Trump White House quietly rolled out its redesigned website at Whitehouse.gov. During a background briefing for select reporters, a senior administration official said the site’s purpose was to “deliver the president’s message directly to the American people,” and its new infrastructure would save taxpayers $3 million. The...

Lawmaker's Plan to Trim Pentagon's Back Office Hits Headwinds

April 27, 2018 The House Armed Services chairman’s trial balloon for downscaling Defense Department offices “not directly related to the warfighter” has been welcomed as a conversation starter that may not be fully thought through. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, earlier this month unveiled two draft bills aimed at reorganizing and trimming the Pentagon’s...

Groups Monitoring Agency Website Changes See Deeper Trump Agenda

April 27, 2018 Last December, the Trump White House quietly rolled out its redesigned website at Whitehouse.gov. During a background briefing for select reporters, a senior administration official said the site’s purpose was to “deliver the president’s message directly to the American people,” and its new infrastructure would save taxpayers $3 million. The...

Watchdog: Agencies Could Save $178 Billion if They Stopped Duplicating Efforts

April 26, 2018 From programs to counteract identity theft to inspections of imported seafood to storage of military clothing, federal agencies continue to duplicate one another’s efforts and miss out on potential efficiencies, Congress’s watchdog reported on Thursday. The Government Accountability Office, in its eighth annual report on “Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation,...