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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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Census Bureau Needs to Improve Minority Outreach Efforts, GAO Finds

August 29, 2018 Twenty months before the 2020 census launches, the Census Bureau is behind on finalizing planning for efforts to reach minorities and hard-to-count populations, according to the Government Accountability Office. Though efforts to enumerate the groups is a long-standing challenge, the population “is growing larger, more diverse, and more reluctant to...

Meet the New U.S. Agency for Global Media

August 29, 2018 Nineteen years after its creation, the Broadcasting Board of Governors last week announced its new name: The U.S. Agency for Global Media. The reason, according to CEO and Director John Lansing in an Aug. 23 statement, is that the agency in 2018 is a “modern media organization, operating far beyond...

Special Counsel Backs Interior Whistleblower Said To Be Wrongfully Fired

August 28, 2018 The governmentwide Office of Special Counsel on Tuesday announced it was filing a complaint to protect an Interior employee who was fired after disclosing in 2012 assertions that the department violated the National Environmental Policy Act to facilitate oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean. Jeffrey Missal, a Regional Environmental Officer...

Accounting Board Sides with Secrecy Hawks on Classified Defense Spending

August 28, 2018 A little-heralded accounting authority has for the first time waded into the debate over whether most of the government’s secret spending on national security should be made public. The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, which issues guidance to improve government financial reporting, last month issued draft guidance on handling the...

‘Abolish ICE’ and the Future of the Immigration Agency

August 28, 2018 Fifteen years after its creation in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has become a kind of Rorschach test for many Americans: Where some see a heroic mission, others see a despotic one. As the wedge of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy...

GSA Misrepresented White House Role, Costs of FBI Headquarters Decision, IG Says

August 27, 2018 The final draft of a previously leaked inspector general’s report does not let up on some tough criticisms of the General Services Administration. The version released on Monday said leaders misrepresented both the costs of a new plan to keep the FBI headquarters in downtown Washington and the role the...

CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman Resigns Over Administration’s ‘Damage’ and ‘Betrayal’

August 27, 2018 Add another letter to the resigned-in-anger file. Seth Frotman, for seven years the assistant director and student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, loudly delivered his resignation letter on Monday. “Unfortunately, under your leadership, the bureau has abandoned the very consumers it is tasked by Congress with protecting,”...

White House Instructs Agencies to Stop Performing ‘Low Value’ Work

August 27, 2018 Building on the president’s management agenda, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday sent agency heads new guidance on the cross-agency priority goal of “shifting from low-value to high-value work.” The fleshed-out requirements are aimed at reducing the reporting burden on agencies as they comply with statutory and executive...

Consumer Bureau Nominee Narrowly Clears Divided Senate Panel

August 23, 2018 The White House budget official with a specialty in homeland security nominated to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau squeaked by the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday. The vote was 13-12, with all Democrats opposed. Republicans praised Kathy Kraninger’s management experience and goals of making the eight-year-old agency—whose creation after...

State Department Deflects Lawmakers’ Complaint of Political Retaliation Against Career Employees

August 22, 2018 The State Department on Wednesday reiterated a position that “political retaliation will not be tolerated,” reacting to a letter sent Tuesday from two Democratic committee leaders questioning the recent promotion of a policy planner accused of intimidating career employees. Brian Hook, State’s director of the policy planning staff, was recently...