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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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Agriculture Adviser Defends Planned Research Office Moves From D.C.

March 27, 2019 The Agriculture Department on Wednesday provided its most detailed defense to date of its controversial plan to move two research offices from Washington to a still-unnamed site closer to farm country. Kristi Boswell, senior adviser to Secretary Sonny Purdue, told skeptical Democrats on a House appropriations subcommittee that the decision...

Pentagon Begins Moving Border Wall Money Despite House Objection

March 27, 2019 In the midst of a House hearing on the fiscal 2020 Defense budget on Wednesday, comptroller and acting deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist received confirmation that the $1 billion the Trump administration plans to transfer to build its southern border wall had already shifted to the Army Corps of Engineers....

Duke University Pays $112 Million to Settle Federal Grant Fraud Case

March 27, 2019 Resolving a five-year-old case exposed by an academic whistleblower, the private Duke University agreed to pay the federal government $112.5 million to settle a charge that a researcher submitted falsified or fabricated data, the Justice Department announced on Monday. The whistleblower will receive $33,750,000 of the funds. Under 30 grants...

White House Announces Acting Regulatory Chief

March 26, 2019 The White House budget office on Tuesday tweeted a confirmation of recent news reports that Paul Ray, the deputy administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is temporarily leading the agency in charge of the Trump administration’s ambitious deregulation effort. Ray, previously a counselor to Labor Secretary Alexander...

Ex-Army Colonel Pleads Guilty in Contractor Kickback Scheme

March 26, 2019 A retired Army colonel faces five years in prison after pleading guilty last week to accepting bribes while stationed at Ft. Gordon in Georgia from a company that falsely claimed to qualify as a disadvantaged small business. Anthony Williams, 58, now of Vienna, Va., according to a March 21 Justice...

House Panel Clears Bill to Pressure President on Inspector General Vacancies

March 26, 2019 A president slow to nominate candidates to fill inspector general vacancies would be required to explain why in a report to Congress under a bill approved on Tuesday morning by the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The just-introduced 2019 Inspector General Protection Act (HR. 1847), sponsored by Reps. Ted Lieu,...

FEMA Defends Actions Following Data Release Affecting 2.3 Million Disaster Victims

March 26, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday said it had taken “aggressive” corrective measures after mistakenly releasing detailed personal data of some 2.3 million disaster victims to a contractor. A "management alert" dated March 15 from the Homeland Security Department’s acting Inspector General John Kelly hit news outlets on Friday...

FEMA Defends Actions Following Data Release Affecting 2.3 Million Disaster Victims

March 25, 2019 The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday said it had taken “aggressive” corrective measures after mistakenly releasing detailed personal data of some 2.3 million disaster victims to a contractor. A "management alert" dated March 15 from the Homeland Security Department’s acting Inspector General John Kelly hit news outlets on Friday...

Watchdog: Fuzzy Communication Is Hindering Effort to Standardize Agency Data

March 25, 2019 Five years after the passage of the DATA Act, the White House budget office still lacks clear definitions of which program data are essential, in part because of its still-in-flux effort to reorganize, a watchdog reported. Nor has the Office of Management and Budget done enough to communicate its definitions...

Pentagon Watchdog Launches Probe of Acting Defense Chief's Boeing Ties

March 23, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department’s inspector general confirmed on Wednesday that it has launched an investigation of acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on whether he has made decisions overly favorable to his former employer, airline industry giant Boeing. A spokeswoman for acting IG Glenn Fine released a statement saying the watchdog “has...