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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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If Confirmed, Pompeo Would Inherit a State Department in a State of Despair

April 13, 2018 Amidst the policy discussions of such grave issues as the North Korea threat, the Iran nuclear accord and the U.S. use of torture, Thursday’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo devoted significant attention to management challenges at Foggy Bottom. When pressed about the State Department’s high vacancy...

Justice Watchdog Finds Fired FBI Leader McCabe 'Lacked Candor'

April 13, 2018 In the latest wrinkle in the ongoing controversies over law enforcement’s handling of probes into both presidential candidates in the 2016 election, the Justice Department inspector general on Friday faulted former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe for a lack of “candor” in four instances during his efforts to work the...

Treasury and White House Regulatory Chief Agree to Vet IRS Rules

April 12, 2018 After much internal back and forth, the Treasury Department and the top White House regulatory chief reached a memorandum of understanding Wednesday night that will allow the Office of Management and Budget to review proposed new tax rules from the Internal Revenue Service. Since 1983, the tax specialists at the...

Substance Abuse Agency Wants to End ‘Contractor-Driven’ Approach to Care

April 12, 2018 A contractor group is objecting to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s plan to cut back on “technical assistance” contracts, citing the value those contractors can bring to communities, especially in the face of the ongoing opioid crisis. The Professional Services Council, which represents some 400 firms, on...

Irreconcilable Differences Mark Evaluations of EPA’s Performance

March 30, 2018 The first “EPA Year in Review” under Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt celebrates his “back to basics” agenda and offers numbers indicating that its enforcement operations collected more in penalties than any of the past 10 years save one. But the nonprofit group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has...

Pentagon’s Delayed Report On Services Contracts Draws Union Ire

March 30, 2018 The massive National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2018 contained language requiring the Pentagon to provide more detail on its spending plans for $144 billion in services contracts. But in the Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget released in February, the document that provides the most comprehensive information on services contracting...

Justice Watchdog Adds FBI Surveillance Issues to an Already Full Plate

March 29, 2018 Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department watchdog who doubles as chairman of the inspectors general council, has added a probe of the FBI’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to his other politically controversial reviews of the bureau’s treatment of both the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns during the...

IRS Acting Chief Is Pleased With Funding Hike Critics Say Isn’t Enough

March 28, 2018 After months of congressional plans for continued flat funding, the Internal Revenue Service this month found itself on the receiving end of a $320 million cash infusion via the just-enacted $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill. The agency—which has seen its budget reduced yearly since 2010—is immersed in the...

Evidence-Based Policy Meets Reality In Federal Agencies

March 28, 2018 There’s evidence, and then there’s evidence. As soon as Congress began finalizing last year’s legislation to have agencies embrace evidence in evaluating program success, lawmakers of differing ideologies were already disagreeing over its meaning for real-world decisions involving, for example, efforts to alleviate poverty. On Wednesday, the Bipartisan Policy Center...

Miscommunication, Not Dishonesty, Marked FBI Handling of San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

March 27, 2018 In the aftermath of the deadly December 2015 domestic terrorist attack on an office in San Bernardino, Calif., the FBI found itself internally divided over whether it had the capability—and the legal right under privacy laws—to unlock the iPhone of the deceased shooter. There were communications lapses between key offices,...