Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charlie 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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An 'Unelected Bureaucrat' Talks Regulatory Reform

February 21, 2017 Google the phrase “unelected bureaucrats” and you’ll find thousands of references, many of them from House Republicans (leaders as well as back-benchers) railing against overstepping federal regulators. “This bipartisan bill is about reviving the separation of powers to ensure our laws are written by the representatives we actually vote for...

A Guide for Breaking Free From Trump’s 'Muzzle' on Federal Employees

February 17, 2017 Charging that President Trump has “strapped a muzzle on federal agencies and attacked legitimate whistleblowers,” two House Democrats on Thursday unveiled a “resource guide for federal employees who wish to break the administration’s blackout on federal employees.” Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said the kit titled “Speaking...

GSA Moves Closer to Ending Reliance on DUNS Numbers in Contracting

February 17, 2017 The General Services Administration on Wednesday solicited information from industry on planned reforms to the governmentwide system for identifying and validating businesses. Since the 1970s, agencies have relied on the proprietary Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS number, as the main tag for files on companies that...

Homeland Security Watchdog Takes on Issues Surrounding Trump's Wall

February 16, 2017 With President Trump continuing to talk up his long-promised wall across the border with Mexico, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general on Wednesday unveiled a multi-pronged plan to examine obstacles to securing the Southern frontier. John Roth took the opportunity at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing...

Justice Dept. Watchdog Asked to Wade Into Trump Intel Dispute

February 16, 2017 As controversy swirls over the Trump White House's relations with Russia and the recent firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the Justice Department’s independent inspector general is being asked to investigate recent leaks believed to have come from the intelligence community. “We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate...

Senate Clears Proponent of Workforce Cuts as Trump’s Budget Director

February 16, 2017 The Senate on Thursday approved President Trump’s candidate to lead the Office of Management and Budget, as the administration is reportedly drafting an executive order that will require agencies to identify programs and administrative functions that are duplicative and could be consolidated. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., got through in a...

Some Surprising Facts on the 'Swamp' and the Hiring Freeze

February 15, 2017 Political scientist John J. Dilulio Jr., who worked briefly in the George W. Bush White House, believes the ongoing debate over President Trump’s hiring freeze and vow to “drain the swamp” could use a more extremely vetted set of (nonalternative) facts. In a Feb. 13 blogpost for the Brookings Institution,...

GAO Expands List of Programs Vulnerable to Waste, Fraud and Abuse

February 15, 2017 The Government Accountability Office added three new items to its biennial list of high-risk federal programs, which it released to Congress on Wednesday. There’s some good news though: One important issue was removed from the high-risk list—the multi-agency effort to manage terrorism-related information—and progress on other programs over the last...

Faced with Vacancies, Trump Quietly Resets Justice Department Succession

February 14, 2017 In an executive order signed outside the media spotlight last week, President Trump undid his predecessor’s recently revised emergency succession plan for the Justice Department. The Feb. 9 order released on Friday lists three U.S. attorneys who would take over for the attorney general “during any period in which the...

Ethics Office Pressures White House to Discipline Kellyanne Conway

February 14, 2017 The head of the Office of Government Ethics on Monday wrote to his White House counterpart to press for discipline on President Trump’s special counselor Kellyanne Conway following her on-air plug from the White House press room encouraging viewers to buy fashion products to boost Ivanka Trump’s business. In a...

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