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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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OMB Prepares for Trump with New Infrastructure Permit Guidance

January 17, 2017 With ambitious infrastructure construction mentioned as an agenda priority for the incoming Trump administration, President Obama’s budget office on Friday issued new guidance for agencies intended to boost predictability and transparency of the multi-agency federal permitting process. In a Jan. 13 memo to all agencies, Office of Management and Budget...

GAO Marshalls Its Data to Warn Leaders of Fiscal Crisis

January 17, 2017 Set apart with an atypically colorful cover designed around a compass, the first-ever annual report on fiscal health from the Government Accountability Office warns the incoming president and congressional leaders that federal finances remain on an “unsustainable long-term fiscal path.” The 47-page compilation done in cooperation with the Congressional Budget...

‘Patriots Day’ Shines a Spotlight on Federal-State-Local Law Enforcement Radio Woes

January 13, 2017 Beginning on Friday, theaters across the country will return willing viewers to the trauma of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing via the new movie thriller “Patriots Day.” The cast of notables includes Kevin Bacon (as FBI agent in charge Richard DesLauriers), John Goodman (as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis) and...

IRS Shortchanges Taxpayers With Its Focus on Delinquents, Advocate Says

January 13, 2017 In what she called “arguably the most important piece I have written about the IRS in my 15 years serving as the National Taxpayer Advocate,” Nina Olson used her annual report to Congress, released on Tuesday, to critique the Internal Revenue Service’s current vision for the future. “To create an...

Trump Has Considerable Authority to Revamp the Intelligence Community

January 13, 2017 The dust-up over Russian interference in the U.S. election and resulting skepticism of President-elect Donald Trump has spawned speculation that the incoming president will revise the 12-year-old structure of the post-9/11 intelligence community. A Wall Street Journal front-page story on Jan. 4 reported that Trump was preparing such a reorganization,...

Government Ethics Chief Caught in Lawmaker Crossfire

January 13, 2017 Walter Shaub, the Obama administration appointee running the Office of Government Ethics, on Thursday found himself being blasted by a Republican committee chairman and then defended by his Democratic counterparts as he continues to question the adequacy of President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to remove potential conflicts of interests from his...

House Passes Third Major Deregulatory Bill

January 12, 2017 In its third major regulatory reform bill this month, the House on Wednesday passed the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 5), designed to require rulemaking agencies to choose the lowest cost alternatives, freeze major promulgated rules if challenged in court, remove the judiciary’s “deference” to agency interpretations of statutes and better...

Trump Has Considerable Authority to Revamp the Intelligence Community

January 12, 2017 The dust-up over Russian interference in the U.S. election and resulting skepticism of President-elect Donald Trump has spawned speculation that the incoming president will revise the 12-year-old structure of the post-9/11 intelligence community. A Wall Street Journal front-page story on Jan. 4 reported that Trump was preparing such a reorganization,...

Justice Department Watchdog to Probe FBI Actions in Run-Up to Election

January 12, 2017 Citing demands from members of Congress and the public, the Justice Department inspector general on Thursday announced a coming review of allegations that the department and the FBI violated set procedure for remaining neutral during the 2016 presidential campaign. Inspector General Michael Horowitz, responding to criticisms that FBI Director James...

Consumer Bureau, HHS and Labor Top Ratings for Eliminating 'Bureaucratic Gibberish'

January 11, 2017 In the annual sweepstakes to battle bureaucratese, the agencies rated most highly for plain writing in 2016 were the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Health and Human Services and Labor departments. The fifth report card from the nonprofit Center for Plain Language, announced Tuesday to reporters by Rep. Dave...

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