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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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Poll Backs Federal Science Spending That Trump Sought to Cut

December 4, 2018 As the 115th Congress nears its endgame on funding the federal government this month, a new poll shows clear public support for agency spending on science and technology research that the Trump administration has proposed trimming. Eight in 10 registered voters approve of the federal government using taxpayer funds to...

George H.W. Bush's Bureaucratic Legacy

December 3, 2018 On the hustings, the late President George H. W. Bush presented himself as a Texan with an outsider’s skepticism toward the target-rich Washington bureaucracy. But the 41st president—who died on Saturday at age 94, was a Navy hero, a member of Congress, a U.N. ambassador, a CIA director and vice...

Six White House Employees Violated Hatch Act With MAGA Tweets

December 3, 2018 Three months after an ethics nonprofit filed complaints, the Office of Special Counsel on Friday reported that it had reprimanded six Trump White House employees for violations of the Hatch Act. In a letter to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the Office of Special Counsel’s deputy chief of...

EPA Watchdog Closes the Books on Former Administrator Scott Pruitt

November 30, 2018 Citing a spike in congressional requests and a declining budget, the inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency informed Congress on Friday that he has ended the office’s multiple investigations into reports of misconduct by former Administrator Scott Pruitt, who resigned in July under a cloud. In its routine semi-annual...

Guidance Warning Feds Not to Discuss 'Resistance' or 'Impeachment' at Work Sparks Uproar

November 30, 2018 This story has been updated to reflect new clarifying guidance from OSC. The small agency that is the government’s chief enforcer of the Hatch Act issued new guidance this week that moves the ball on several political issues peculiar to the Trump administration, cautioning federal employees in their use of...

Former USDA Officials Lobby to Block Agriculture’s Plans to Relocate Research Offices

November 30, 2018 The holiday season toward the end of a Congress is a difficult time to exercise one’s constitutional right to petition the government. Ever since the Agriculture Department unveiled its plan last August to move two key research units outside the Washington, D.C., “bubble,” many employees, former employees and outside stakeholders...

Consumer Bureau Nominee Clears Key Senate Hurdle

November 29, 2018 Kathy Kraninger, the White House homeland security specialist who is President Trump’s nominee to be permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, moved a step closer to confirmation on Thursday in a cliffhanger vote. The Senate voted 50-49 along party lines to end debate on her nomination, which had...

Zinke to Be Cleared of Misconduct in Utah Monument Decision

November 28, 2018 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke broke no rules and provided no special favors in his decision last year to reduce the area of the protected Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, the department’s watchdog has determined. Environmental advocates had accused Zinke of catering to the financial interests and influence of Utah...

EPA Will Soon Hire New Human Resources Chief to Address Brain Drain

November 28, 2018 Two weeks ago, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency took the “unusual” step of personally interviewing the probable final candidate to be the agency’s human resources director. “It’s a very critical position” given the agency’s challenges in recruitment and attracting new employees, said Andrew Wheeler—Trump’s recent nominee to...

D.C. Restaurateurs Plan Appeal of Ruling Favoring Trump’s Hotel Profits

November 27, 2018 A pair of Washington, D.C., restaurant owners and their attorneys on Tuesday vowed to appeal a district judge’s ruling on Monday that rejected their claim that President Trump’s ownership of the Trump International Hotel near the White House violates laws against unfair competition. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon of the...