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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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...

GSA Says It Needs More Information on Trump's Leased Hotel

January 11, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s long-awaited unveiling on Wednesday of his plans for addressing conflict-of-interest risks from his multi-billion-dollar business holdings did little to nudge the General Services Administration toward a solution to one of its more vexing policy conundrums. The 60-year lease that private citizen Trump signed with GSA in 2013...

Trump Vows to Donate Hotel Profits to U.S. Treasury

January 11, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump at his Wednesday press conference responded to critics who had charged that foreign entities could seek to curry favor with his administration simply by staying in his hotels. His tax attorney Sheri Dillon, speaking to reporters as Trump stood alongside, asserted that the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which...

Studies of Monkey Drool, Frat Boys’ Party Habits Make Latest Senate 'Wastebook'

January 10, 2017 An Arizona Republican senator on Tuesday released his second annual “Wastebook” mocking what he views as ill-conceived federal spending. The report did not include any agency rebuttals. Sen. Jeff Flake's Wastebook: PORKémon Go highlighted “50 examples of outrageous and wasteful federal spending amounting to more than $5 billion.” Science agencies...

Pentagon Wins Court Round on Disclosing Sikorsky Subcontracting Plans

January 10, 2017 Defense Department attorneys won an appeals court decision on Jan. 6 that denies a demand from a small business advocacy group that Sikorsky Aviation Corp. be required to disclose its subcontracting plan submitted under a long-standing Pentagon program. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled against the...

Departing HHS Chief Cautions Republicans Seeking Repeal of Obamacare

January 9, 2017 Republicans in six years have been unable to produce an alternative to Obamacare that can be “measured and scored,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said on Monday at the National Press Club. If the Republican majority in Congress does produce one in the next two years, she...

Transition Is Ahead of Schedule, Says Trump Spokesman

January 9, 2017 Eleven days from Donald Trump’s Inauguration, his transition team is executing a “far more aggressive and comprehensive effort” to prepare nominees for confirmation hearings than did previous transition teams, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday. The Trump transition is “on same page or ahead” of the 2009 transition...

Foreign Service Veterans Aren't Alarmed by Trump’s Recall of Envoys

January 6, 2017 The newly reported move made last month by the Trump transition team to recall all politically appointed U.S. ambassadors by Jan. 20 prompted consternation among some diplomats, as reported Thursday night by the New York Times. But despite grumblings over sudden changes in plans for housing and children’s schooling, the...

Intel Community Watchdog Reports Steady Rise in Whistleblower Activity

January 6, 2017 The intelligence community’s internal push to encourage legitimate whistleblowing appears to have helped increase disclosures of potential wrongdoing as its inspector general’s office has stepped up training and outreach, a new report suggests. “Integrity and accountability are the building blocks of a strong and effective intelligence community,” said the just-released...

House Continues Pursuit of Regulatory Roll-Back Bills

January 6, 2017 Maintaining their push to take authority away from regulatory agencies, House Republicans on Thursday passed a long-sought bill that would require both chambers in Congress to approve any major new rule within 70 legislative days for it to take effect. The party-line vote was 237-187. The Regulations from the Executive...

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