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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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Embattled Intelligence Whistleblower Ombudsman Defends Himself

January 18, 2018 Months after he was abruptly escorted from his office and placed on leave pending a disciplinary review, intelligence community whistleblower ombudsman Dan Meyer is speaking out. In a statement released to Government Executive on Tuesday, Meyer rebutted in general terms the still-confidential accusations of issues related to workplace conduct and...

TSA Officials Faulted for Favoritism in Handling of Sexual Harassment Case

January 17, 2018 Three top officials at the Transportation Security Administration came in for criticism by an inspector general for sidestepping the normal investigative process to save the job of an underling accused of sexual misconduct. The newly released redacted report dated Jan. 8 from acting Homeland Security watchdog John Kelly gives lawmakers...

Embattled Intelligence Whistleblower Ombudsman Defends Himself

January 17, 2018 Months after he was abruptly escorted from his office and placed on leave pending a disciplinary review, intelligence community whistleblower ombudsman Dan Meyer is speaking out. In a statement released to Government Executive on Tuesday, Meyer rebutted in general terms the still-confidential accusations of issues related to workplace conduct and...

Trump Continues to Set Records for Agency Vacancies

January 16, 2018 The Trump administration's empty or “acting” labeled slots on agency organization charts continue to place him months behind his predecessors in staffing up political leadership, according to new numbers from organizations tracking presidential appointees. Less than 40 percent of 633 key positions had a nominee as of Jan. 13, according...

IRS Plunges Into Tax Law Changes Even as Its Budget Remains Shaky

January 12, 2018 Internal Revenue Service employees got their tax reform marching orders from the Treasury Department on Thursday as the tax service released new withholding tables designed to allow taxpayers to feel the impact of tax cuts in their own paychecks. But the IRS’s budget—which has been slashed in the past six...

Treasury Watchdog Rejects Charges of Politicized Analysis of Tax Bill

January 12, 2018 With the Republican-passed tax cut law now kicking in, the Treasury Department’s inspector general on Thursday rejected accusations from two Democratic senators that the agency’s career economic analysts had tailored their work to the political goals of Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Citing media reports in November, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and...

Trump Orders Intel Agencies To Protect Americans from ‘Unmasking’

January 11, 2018 President Trump, on the eve of a House vote to renew the intelligence community’s authority to conduct restricted domestic surveillance, signed a memorandum ordering intelligence agencies to create new procedures to protect average Americans whose names happen to show up in classified agency transcripts of monitored phone conversations. The Director...

Trump Wins Another Court Round in Battle Over Leadership at Consumer Bureau

January 11, 2018 President Trump’s decision to place his budget director atop the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to pay off for his deregulatory agenda, as a district court on Wednesday ruled against a legal challenge by the bureau’s competing would-be director, Leandra English. Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court for...

Democrats Demand Subpoena of Documents on Trump Business Profits

January 11, 2018 Marking the year anniversary of Donald Trump’s press conference as president-elect in which he laid out plans to put his business empire in a family trust, Democrats on the House oversight panel on Thursday demanded that the committee chairman subpoena documents from the Trump Organization. In a letter and accompanying...

First CFO Survey of Trump Era Spotlights Skepticism Over Agency Reorganization Plans

January 10, 2018 Coping with an unorthodox presidential transition, high-level vacancies and ongoing budget uncertainty, chief financial officers expressed mostly skepticism on whether Trump White House-mandated agency reorganization efforts would produce the intended improvements in efficiency, according to a new survey. Many CFOs, however, see these times of change as an opportunity to...