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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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Federal Agencies Ramp Up Classified Plans to Protect 2020 Elections

February 5, 2019 An array of federal agencies acted on Monday to both review past and prevent future foreign intrusions in the U.S. election process. It’s a subject that for two years has been politically sensitive for the Trump White House, which has consistently expressed skepticism at evidence that Russian meddling may have...

Agencies Ramp Up Classified Plans to Protect 2020 Elections

February 5, 2019 An array of agencies acted on Monday to both review past and prevent future foreign intrusions in the U.S. election process. It’s a subject that for two years has been politically sensitive for the Trump White House, which has consistently expressed skepticism at evidence that Russian meddling may have played...

Senators Seek Pentagon Reassurance on Department’s Financial Audit

February 5, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan group of 26 members of the Senate Armed Services and Budget committees has written to acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan expressing concerns that the expensive and unprecedented effort to audit the sprawling department is slipping down the priority list. Led by Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Angus King,...

Senators Seek Pentagon Reassurance on Department’s Financial Audit

February 4, 2019 A bipartisan group of 26 members of the Senate Armed Services and Budget committees have written to acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan expressing concerns that the expensive and unprecedented effort to audit the sprawling department is slipping down the priority list. Led by Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Angus King,...

119 Agency Officials Noted for Visiting Trump Properties

February 4, 2019 Two years into the Trump administration, “interactions” between lobbyists, government officials and Trump businesses have topped 1,400, according to a study released late last month from the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Tallied mostly from news accounts, public documents and social media mentions of visits to Trump-owned...

Trump Expands ‘Buy American’ Requirements to Agency Procurements

February 1, 2019 President Trump on Thursday added details to his earlier “Buy American” push with a new executive order instructing all agencies to “maximize the use of iron and aluminum as well as steel, cement, and other manufactured products produced in the United States in contracts, sub-contracts, purchase orders, or sub-awards.” The...

Science Foundation Plays Catch-Up on 111 Deferred Grant Reviews

February 1, 2019 The National Science Foundation, which doles out an average of $20 million a day in some 32,000 current grants to qualified researchers, is well along in its post-government-shutdown process of rescheduling some 111 postponed review panels. In a Friday call with reporters, three agency officials stressed that daily meetings are...

House Armed Services Members Challenge Pentagon on Climate Change

January 31, 2019 The mandatory report on climate change released on Jan. 10 by the Defense Department “failed to meet the basic requirements laid out in statute,” according to three Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee. On Wednesday, the chairman and two majority party colleagues wrote to acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan...

U.S-Backed Efforts in Afghanistan Flail as Government Loses Land to Enemy

January 31, 2019 During a week when tentative peace talks are underway in war-scarred Afghanistan, a watchdog delivered another bleak assessment of U.S.-backed efforts to stabilize and rebuild that country, citing receding control of land, persistent corruption and greater expenses ahead. “The Afghan government's control or influence over the population declined this quarter,”...

FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Collecting $25,000 in Pay for Hours He Didn't Work

January 31, 2019 A Little Rock, Ark.-based FBI special agent resigned from the government on Jan. 28 and pleaded guilty to embezzlement of government property by filing false certifications of his work hours. Nizam Hasheem, a 10-year veteran, had been assigned temporarily to headquarters and the Washington field office from September 2016 to...