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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Trump’s Unusual Transition Keeps Good-Government Groups Guessing

November 17, 2016 The Trump transition team was scheduled to be represented on a panel at the fall meeting of the National Academy of Public Administration in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, but that didn’t happen. At the last minute, Ado Machida, a lobbyist and former staff member for Vice President Dick Cheney during...

GSA Will Examine Ethics Issues Around Trump’s D.C. Hotel Lease

November 17, 2016 When the General Services Administration made good on its plan to find a new use for the largely empty but historic Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, it made clear that the deal it announced in June 2013 was a 60-year lease, not a change in ownership. When the agency...

$85 Million OPIC-Financed Hotel in Afghanistan Was Never Completed

November 17, 2016 The Overseas Private Investment Corp., the U.S. government’s capital-mobilizing agency aimed at developing nations, financed an $85 million hotel and apartment complex in Kabul, Afghanistan, that never opened, a watchdog reported on Thursday. “The $85 million is gone, the buildings were never completed and are uninhabitable, and the U.S. Embassy...

A Visit to Treasury’s DATA Act Nerve Center

November 16, 2016 On Sept. 30, agencies across government got access to a new internal Web portal called the “DATA ACT Broker,” where agencies can submit spending data and where data technicians can find the validation rules for ensuring the high quality of that information. The portal was designed using open-source code by...

House Democrats Demand Oversight Probes of Trump and Potential Conflicts of Interest

November 15, 2016 Only a week after Election Day, with House Republicans still planning continued investigations of Hillary Clinton’s time at the State Department, Democrats on the oversight panel are firing off their own requests for probes of President-elect Donald Trump. On Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the Oversight and...

Trump Transition Reportedly Stalled by Paperwork Lapse

November 15, 2016 President-elect Trump’s Washington transition team appeared “frozen” on Tuesday, according to news reports, in part because a key document has not been signed by newly appointed chairman, Vice President-elect Mike Pence. As first reported by The New York Times, the standard document is meant to safeguard against disclosure of sensitive...

Data Coalition Sees Trump Win as a Call for More Open Government

November 14, 2016 Last week’s election of Donald Trump as president “shows that Americans feel a need to be better connected to a government they may see as remote, complex, overblown and unresponsive,” according to the leader of a major industry and nonprofit alliance promoting federal data transparency. “Open data can change all...

Could President Trump Actually Have Hillary Clinton Arrested?

November 11, 2016 In the aftermath of a campaign marked by supporters chanting “lock her up,” President-Elect Donald Trump currently appears fully occupied with transition duties and post-election rhetoric newly turned civil. But some in his camp might press for him to follow through on promises such as the one he made in...

Shooter of Los Angeles TSA Officer Gets 60 Years

November 11, 2016 The killer of the first Transportation Security Administration officer to die on the job was sentenced to 60 years for his deadly actions in 2013 at Los Angeles International Airport, the Justice Department announced this week. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 26, of Sun Valley, Calif., this September had pleaded guilty to...

Obama and Trump Teams Spool Out Transition Detail

November 10, 2016 As President Obama and President-Elect Trump held a historic White House meeting on Thursday, both of their transition specialists unveiled fresh planning detail as they embarked on the 73-day handover of power. An org chart floated around the capital showed that the Trump team has set up six prongs for...

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