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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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House Passes Bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Bill

November 16, 2017 The House on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass an amended Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (H.R. 4174) to require agencies to more systematically assemble data for their decision makers before evaluating programs. The bipartisan bill based on a congressionally chartered commission’s recommendations would require creation of a secure national inventory...

Inspectors General Seek Subpoena Power, Authority to Probe DoJ Prosecutors

November 15, 2017 In a challenge to his own agency’s policy, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Wednesday asked lawmakers to give him authority to investigate misconduct by his department’s attorney-prosecutors, who under the current arrangement answer only to Justice’s separate Office of Professional Responsibility. Michael Horowitz, doubling at a House Oversight...

Embattled Consumer Protection Bureau Chief Steps Down

November 15, 2017 After months of speculation and years of criticism from Republican lawmakers, Richard Cordray, the first and only director of the six-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced that he will resign at the end of November. In a Wednesday memo to staff obtained by several news organizations including Government Executive, Cordray...

Democratic Senators Seek Probe of Commerce Secretary’s Finances

November 14, 2017 New information on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s overseas finances prompted six Democratic Senators on Tuesday to ask the Commerce Department’s inspector general to investigate Ross’s personal wealth and compliance with ethics rules. Also mentioned for examination in the Nov. 14 letter to IG Peggy Gustafson is Ross’s chief of staff,...

Regulatory Reformers Target Agencies’ Nonstatutory Guidance

November 14, 2017 Much of the alleged burden of far-reaching or duplicative regulations stems from the accompanying guidance—policy memos, “Dear Colleague letters” and FAQs—prepared by regulators without stakeholder input, agency officials confirmed to a House oversight panel on Tuesday. At the Education Department, for example, the regulatory reform task force has tallied an...

A Delay in the Confirmation of Trump’s CIA Watchdog Nominee is Looking More Likely

November 13, 2017 The acting CIA inspector general President Trump has nominated for the permanent job raised some eyebrows at last month’s confirmation hearing when he suggested he was unfamiliar with three unresolved whistleblower reprisal complaints involving him or his office. Two of the former CIA IG employees involved in the complaints against...

State Department Confirms It Is Offering Buyouts to Entice 641 Employees to Leave

November 13, 2017 Citing a need to “reduce unnecessary supervisory levels and organizational layering,” the State Department on Monday confirmed an earlier news report that it is offering staff voluntary buyouts and early retirement incentives. About 641 employee departures above the normal attrition rate in 2018 will be required under Secretary of State...

The Pentagon’s Spending Data Doesn’t Add Up

November 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department’s $700 billion budget dwarfs that of other federal agencies. Nonetheless, it hasn’t managed to find sufficient resources to accurately report how it spends all its funds. The department falls well short of requirements under the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act to show where its money goes....

Public Service Reformers to Unions: Get On Board

November 12, 2017 Government employee unions do plenty of good for their members, but too often they act as impediments to creating an effective 21st century civil service. So said an array of good-government activists who gathered for a symposium Thursday to celebrate the 90th birthday of longtime government reformer and former Federal...

The Pentagon’s Spending Data Doesn’t Add Up

November 10, 2017 The Defense Department’s $700 billion budget dwarfs that of other federal agencies. Nonetheless, it hasn’t managed to find sufficient resources to accurately report how it spends all its funds. The department falls well short of requirements under the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act to show where its money goes....