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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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Pentagon Managers Defend $1 Billion Price Tag of Largest Audit Ever

March 9, 2018 The top financial managers at Pentagon this week assured senators that the nearly $1 billion audit now underway at the Defense department will be worth the price. Defense Undersecretary and Comptroller David Norquist—under questioning by Senate Budget Committee members seeking efficiencies and defense budget reforms—said the price of $367 million...

Reading Between the Lines on Agency Mission Statements

March 9, 2018 Earlier this week, an executive at the Housing and Urban Development Department reportedly sent a memo to senior political staff announcing a change in the 53-year-old agency’s mission statement—one of a half-dozen agencies or offices to change, or consider changes, to their stated core values since the start of the...

Lawmakers On Both Sides of Aisle Ramp Up Pressure for Permanent SSA Leader

March 7, 2018 The official who has been acting Social Security commissioner since the second day of the Trump administration is now serving in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, the Government Accountability Office told Congress on Tuesday. The letter from the GAO counsel came on the eve of a Wednesday hearing...

House Approves Bill to Curb Spending on Official Portraits

March 7, 2018 In a move to curb what in days gone by was a common official perk, the House on Tuesday approved a bill that codifies a ban on taxpayer-funded official portraits of top agency officials. The Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting (EGO) Act, originally sponsored by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., cleared the chamber...

Election Assistance Agency Carries On Despite GOP Resistance

March 6, 2018 These could be tumultuous times for the tiny federal agency called the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. In a mid-term election year in which the threat of Russian meddling in American balloting continues as front-page news, the 30-person staff in Silver Spring, Md., with its $9.2 million budget is forging ahead...

White House Counselor Conway Cited for Two Hatch Act Violations

March 6, 2018 Despite a White House promise that Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway had learned her ethics obligations, Conway on Tuesday was cited by the Office of Special Counsel for violating the Hatch Act in two televised interviews. Special Counsel Henry Kerner in an investigative report sent to President Trump detailed...

Whistleblower Advocates Defend Embattled Intelligence Ombudsman

March 5, 2018 The intelligence community whistleblower ombudsman threatened with firing last year has received a show of support from two nonprofits long critical of enforcement of disclosure rights in the national security workforce. The Government Accountability Project and the Project on Government Oversight on March 2 teamed up to send a letter...

Treasury Confirms Receipt of Trump Hotel Profits Check, But Won’t Say For How Much

March 1, 2018 As he promised in the run-up to his inauguration, President Trump has sent a donation to the Treasury Department to make up for the controversial profits his private firm gained from foreign government guests staying at his luxury hotel just blocks from the White House. “I can confirm receipt of...

Judge Rejects CIA Whistleblower’s Bid for the Right to Advance His Case Privately

March 1, 2018 A CIA employee who has been battling his agency over alleged retaliation for his whistleblowing lost a round in court this week, when a judge sided with the CIA in rejecting his bid to establish a private right to action to move his case forward. The employee, known by the...

Treasury Loses a Key Expert as it Grapples With New Tax Law

February 28, 2018 The tax professional community took note last week when a long-time Treasury Department executive who’d only recently been elevated by the Trump administration suddenly announced his retirement. Dana Trier, 69, deputy assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, oversaw the Office of the Tax Legislative Counsel and was a key player...