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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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Obama Signs Bipartisan Bill to Smooth Presidential Transition

March 21, 2016 President Obama on Friday signed a bipartisan bill to smooth the presidential transition process that begins in earnest this summer. The Edward “Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act (S. 1172), which cleared the House Feb. 29 and won final Senate approval of an amendment March 8, aims...

Beefed-Up FOIA Offices Trim Backlog of Requests Governmentwide

March 18, 2016 As the annual Sunshine Week neared a close, the Justice Department released its governmentwide report on agency Freedom of Information Act responses, showing a record high number of requests processed. Those gains were made possible by more staff handling the requests at a higher cost. The 100 agencies subject to...

Air Force General Resigns Over Extramarital Relationship

March 18, 2016 The assistant vice chief of staff of the Air Force was forced to step down on Thursday after an inspector general’s report revealed an “unprofessional relationship” five years ago with a married female subordinate. Lt. Gen. John Hesterman, as reported by various news outlets and confirmed to Government Executive by...

Two Longstanding Good-Government Groups Join Forces

March 18, 2016 After more than three decades in independent operation, the budget- and regulatory-focused Center for Effective Government will become part of the Project on Government Oversight, the two organizations announced Friday. The center, which until January 2013 was known as OMB Watch, will merge its operations into POGO, which conducts investigations...

Flint Water Crisis Hearing Brings Dueling Calls for Resignations

March 17, 2016 With the citizens of Flint, Mich., still unable to drink tap water or take a shower safely, a Thursday House hearing featuring two principal players devolved into competing demands for the resignation of either the governor of Michigan or the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The shouting about conflicting...

Obama Regulatory Chief Pressed to Comply with House Subpoena

March 16, 2016 A House hearing billed as an exploration of the accountability and transparency at the White House regulatory office on Tuesday turned into a stern inquisition of the head of that office on whether he was complying with a congressional subpoena. Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory...

Sunshine Week Brings Senate Passage of FOIA Improvement Bill

March 16, 2016 The Senate on Tuesday passed its version of the Freedom of Information Act Improvement bill, a day after a key backer lauded it during a Sunshine Week event showcasing an array of transparency programs at the National Archives and Records Administration. “The FOIA Improvement Act will help open the government...

'EPA Responded in the Only Way We Could,' Says Official at Center of Flint Crisis

March 15, 2016 The finger-pointing surrounding the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., expanded on Tuesday as the Environmental Protection Agency’s since-resigned regional manager told lawmakers her agency did nothing wrong and that she did not retaliate against a whistleblower. EPA “did not do anything wrong, but could have done more,” said Susan...

Senator Marks Sunshine Week, Blasting GOP Supreme Court Tactics

March 15, 2016 The Republican Senate leadership’s vow to ignore any Supreme Court nomination from President Obama flies in the face of the open government principles embodied in the Freedom of Information Act, a Democratic senator said Monday. Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, said the Republicans’ decision made...

Agency Collaboration Could Make or Break Next Presidential Administration

March 14, 2016 Sustained progress toward government efficiency will hinge on “increasing capacity to work effectively across agency boundaries to gain traction on pressing, inherently cross-boundary challenges,” said a report released Monday. Agency efforts at both mission-focused and mission-support tasks are “impeded by agency-centric mindsets and incentives, congressional barriers to interagency authorities and...