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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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White House Issues Its Vision for Greener Federal Operations

May 18, 2018 President Trump on Thursday issued an executive order aimed at streamlining Obama-era requirements for making federal buildings more energy efficient, though its differences with the approach of his predecessor appear modest. The order “will drive continued action and focus on increasing efficiency of federal buildings and vehicles, improving environmental performance,...

Science in the Age of Trump

May 18, 2018 Eighteen months into his administration, President Trump has yet to name a science adviser. At times, he has appeared close. Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates rejected a recent feeler. Princeton University physicist William Happer, one of the few climate-change skeptics in the field, has often been mentioned as a potential candidate,...

Report: How HHS Buried Information About the Affordable Care Act

May 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since the dawn of the Trump era, the Health and Human Services Department’s leaders have made no secret of their disdain for the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. That shift in policy was bound to show up in the department’s website, but the exact nature of those changes was not readily...

Report: How HHS Buried Information About the Affordable Care Act

May 17, 2018 Since the dawn of the Trump era, the Health and Human Services Department’s leaders have made no secret of their disdain for the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. That shift in policy was bound to show up in the department’s website, but the exact nature of those changes was not readily...

EPA Chief Sets Up a Legal Defense Fund

May 16, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Wednesday acknowledged to senators that he has set up a legal defense fund to address his ethics issues now being examined in more than a dozen investigations. Pruitt confirmed existence of the fund set up by his longtime attorney under questioning from Sen....

Officials Mishandled Trans-Africa Airlift Contract, Pentagon Watchdog Finds

May 15, 2018 Just days after the Pentagon released a post-mortem on a fatal ambush of U.S. combat troops in Niger last year, the department’s watchdog criticized U.S. Africa Command for mishandling a contract for conducting emergency evacuation services and airlifting cargo across the continent. Defense Department rules required the command to conduct...

Intelligence Community Finally Has a Confirmed Inspector General

May 15, 2018 The Senate Monday night approved by voice vote former Justice Department attorney Michael Atkinson to be inspector general of the 17-agency intelligence community, more than six months after his nomination by President Trump. Atkinson was voted out of committee in February, but has seen his nomination delayed while senators tangled...

EPA Chief Requested Extra Security Before He Was Sworn In, IG Reports

May 15, 2018 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testified to Congress last month that his heightened security detail was prompted by threats “unprecedented in terms of quantity and type,” as confirmed in an inspector general report. But he was contradicted on Monday by the EPA’s watchdog. In May 14 letters to two...

Commerce Secretary Lauds Civil Servants for Working Weekends Despite 'Trapezoid Pay Structure'

May 14, 2018 The head of the Commerce Department said Monday that one of his most gratifying realizations since taking the job has been the “high quality of the long-term civil servants.” The 47,000 Commerce employees, Wilbur Ross said in a speech at the National Press Club, “are capable technically, non-ideological and, even...

Pentagon Shows Bumpy Progress Toward Curbing Improper Payments

May 11, 2018 As the agency with the largest budget, the Defense Department continues to make shaky progress in the governmentwide push to reduce improper payments, the Pentagon’s inspector general reported on Friday. The watchdog’s required annual review of fiscal 2017 estimates of significant improper payments showed that the department had complied with...