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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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FOIA Reform Appears Close, But Not a Done Deal

April 22, 2016 Bipartisan bills aimed at strengthening the openness requirements of the Freedom of Information Act are heading into House-Senate negotiations, but not without exposing some long-standing trepidation inside the Obama administration. Though White House spokesman Josh Earnest has said the president would sign the Senate version of the bill passed last...

How the Top Spy Escaped Jury Duty

April 22, 2016 Jury duty, though mandatory and democratic, can disrupt many citizens’ important work. On Thursday evening, the point was made by James Clapper, director of the Office of National Intelligence, who was keynote speaker at the Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards banquet put on by the Senior Executives Association. Six months ago,...

GSA Asks Congress for Money to Upgrade Federal Courthouses

April 22, 2016 The General Services Administration this week announced a $947 million plan to build or repair eight federal courthouse projects that judiciary officials have long awaited. The government’s landlord on April 18 sent congressional appropriations and authorizing committees the proposal, which includes only one project for which funding has already been...

House Passes Six IRS Reform Bills as Agency Releases Filing Season Stats

April 21, 2016 The House on Thursday approved a package of bills aimed at cracking down on management lapses at the Internal Revenue Service, setting the stage for conflict with the Obama administration, which opposes most of the legislation. Also on Thursday, the tax agency released final numbers on the 2016 filing season....

Obama Wants This Presidential Transition to Be as Good as 2008’s – Or Better

April 21, 2016 A top White House aide on Wednesday held the first official meeting with representatives of the 2016 presidential candidates to begin the delicate planning of the coming transition, The New York Times reported late Wednesday. White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Anita Decker Breckenridge, on the eve of...

Doctor Who Helped Expose Lead in Flint’s Water Praises EPA Whistleblower

April 20, 2016 On the same day prosecutors in Michigan announced criminal indictments of three state and local officials for their role in the contamination of the Flint, Mich., water supply, a whistleblower who brought the case to light was awarded the annual Ridenhour Prize for Truth Telling. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician...

Doctor Who Helped Expose Lead in Flint’s Water Praises EPA Whistleblower

April 20, 2016 On the same day prosecutors in Michigan announced criminal indictments of three state and local officials for their role in the contamination of the Flint, Mich., water supply, a whistleblower who brought the case to light was awarded the annual Ridenhour Prize for Truth Telling. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician...

What Happens If You Pay Contractors Only When Their Programs Work?

April 20, 2016 The Obama administration is “doubling down” on its study of the “pay for success” approach to funding social services programs after they demonstrate results, rather than in advance. In a Tuesday blog post, Budget Director Shaun Donovan and Domestic Policy Council Director Cecelia Munoz wrote that “with the addition of...

Contractors Back Open Data Bill -- In Theory

April 20, 2016 A coming bipartisan bill to expand agency obligations to standardize all types of data for public release is being backed by many in the contracting industry, though with some hesitation due to fear of inadequate governmentwide protections of proprietary intellectual property. What is planned as the Open Government Data Act...

'A Subpoena is Not a Suggestion,' Says House Oversight Chairman

April 19, 2016 Sparks flew on Tuesday in the latest clash between congressional overseers and Obama administration appointees over the pace of agency document production, as lawmakers threatened the top White House regulatory official with a contempt of Congress citation. “A subpoena is not a suggestion,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee...