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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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Multi-Agency Investigation Delivers $1M in Restitution for Wire Fraud Scheme

September 10, 2018 In a display of teamwork by inspectors general, the government last week won guilty pleas and more than $1 million in restitution from a tech industry executive and three firms who committed wire fraud to win small-business science grants. The Justice Department on Sept. 5 announced that NASA, the Energy...

Consumer Bureau Highlights That It Has Taken Enforcement Actions Under Mulvaney

September 7, 2018 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday released its first enforcement highlights report under acting Director Mick Mulvaney, drawing attention to fixes made by lending companies to bring themselves into compliance with consumer law. The findings addressed automobile loan servicing, credit cards, debt collection, mortgage servicing, payday lending and small...

OMB Centralizes Agency Reporting of Grant Recipients

September 6, 2018 Seeking to ease paperwork burdens on agencies and grant recipients, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday issued new guidance aimed at standardizing and centralizing reporting formats and processes. The federal government spends about $700 billion on grants and cooperative agreements annually that support some 40,000 recipients from state...

Defense Management Chief Reportedly On His Way Out Over Performance Problems

September 6, 2018 John "Jay" Gibson, whom President Trump named last January as the Pentagon’s first-ever chief management officer, is being asked leave for “lack of performance," the Wall Street Journal reported. An aerospace executive who was brought in to reduce headquarters overhead and cut waste, Gibson was reportedly told by Deputy Secretary...

Homeland Security Chief Previews Toughened 'Resiliency Agenda'

September 5, 2018 The Trump administration is “replacing complacency with consequences” for nations that harbor terrorists posing online threats, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Wednesday. “Our adversaries have been warned: the days of cyber surrender are over,” she told an audience at The George Washington University’s Center for Cyber Homeland Security....

Trump Names 28-Year Career Employee to Run Park Service

September 4, 2018 Nineteen months into his administration, President Trump on Friday nominated a 28-year career manager to be director of the National Park Service. Raymond David Vela, currently superintendent of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway in Wyoming, drew praise from one parks advocacy group but...

Homeland Security Lacks Reliable Data on Misconduct at Key Agencies

August 31, 2018 It is critical that the Homeland Security Department do a better job of tracking conduct lapses among the more than 100,000 employees at three key agencies—Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration—a watchdog reported this week. Allegations of misconduct range from improperly detaining suspects...

Government Under Scrutiny for Overly Generous Overseas Travel Spending

August 30, 2018 Four Democratic senators on Wednesday introduced a bill to curb what they see as wasteful travel and office spending by Trump administration appointees. The same day, an investigative group released a study showing that the U.S. government in some cases allows federal employees to spend twice as much on overseas...

Army Sergeant Who Swore Allegiance to ISIS Caught in FBI Sting

August 30, 2018 An Army sergeant based in Hawaii pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to lend material support to ISIS, the result of an elaborate sting operation orchestrated by FBI agents wearing costumes. Ikaika Erik Kang, 35, a sergeant first class stationed at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, agreed to serve 25 years...

Labor Department Opens New Office for Regulatory Compliance

August 29, 2018 Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Tuesday announced the opening of a new office aimed at complementing labor law enforcement with outreach to help employers and workers comply with regulations. Speaking at a Nashville safety symposium run by the nonprofit Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association, Acosta unveiled two new department websites...