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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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Transparency Groups Seek Probe of CDC ‘Gag Orders’

December 22, 2017 A coalition of government accountability and transparency organizations have urged the Office of Special Counsel should initiate an investigation of possible violations of whistleblower laws in the Centers for Disease Control’s recent controversial directive to employees to avoid certain words in preparing the agency’s annual budget. What critics labeled a...

Trump Wins a Round in Legal Challenges to His Hotel Profits

December 22, 2017 A U.S. District judge on Thursday dismissed the lawsuit brought by a nonprofit transparency group backed by restaurateurs challenging President Trump’s ability to profit from his Washington luxury hotel. The plaintiffs had cited the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause banning certain gifts from foreign governments as well as reduced profits by competing...

IRS Faces a ‘Crushing’ Workload to Implement the GOP’s Massive Tax Cut

December 22, 2017 The Internal Revenue Service is putting a brave public face on the massive tax cut President Trump signed into law Friday, though stakeholders familiar with past such implementations see a calm before the storm. Reached on Thursday, the IRS in a statement said the agency had “started initial work on...

IG Declines to Probe Treasury Secretary’s Possible Conflicts of Interest Relating to Russia Investigation

December 21, 2017 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who served as the finance chairman of President Trump’s presidential campaign, has been criticized by left-liberal groups who thought he should recuse himself from policy issues affecting Russia, given the ongoing investigations of that country’s interference in the 2016 election. On Wednesday—the same day Treasury imposed...

Senator Expresses Concern About GSA Handing Over Transition Emails to Mueller Probe

December 20, 2017 The attorney for the Trump for America organization won a powerful ally on Tuesday in his challenge to the General Services Administration’s decision to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of ties with Russia by turning over emails from the Trump presidential transition. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of...

ICE Accused of Hiding Details of Immigration Prison Locations

December 19, 2017 Immigration and Customs Enforcement, working at the epicenter of the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration, has released incomplete data on its detention facilities that muddies the costs and the agency’s reliance on private contractors, according to critics at two nonprofits. The Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional...

Pentagon Sexual Harassment Prevention Needs Fine-Tuning, Watchdog Says

December 19, 2017 Despite a massive internal infrastructure devoted to preventing workplace sexual assault and harassment, the Defense Department has a ways to go in matching other agency standards for lowering risk and harmonizing data from victims’ reports, a watchdog found. “Unwanted sexual behaviors in the military—including sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic...

Legal Specialists Defend GSA's Handover of Transition Emails to Mueller Probe

December 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The normally staid General Services Administration over the weekend found itself at the center of the legal and political storm surrounding special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, transition team and White House over possibly inappropriate ties to Russia. The agency known as the government’s landlord—which by...

Legal Specialists Defend GSA's Handover of Transition Emails to Mueller Probe

December 18, 2017 The normally staid General Services Administration over the weekend found itself at the center of the legal and political storm surrounding special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, transition team and White House over possibly inappropriate ties to Russia. The agency known as the government’s landlord—which by...

Americans Don't Trust Government and They're Angry About It, Poll Finds

December 18, 2017 Public trust in government’s ability to solve major problems remains near a historic low, according to a new national poll by the Pew Research Center. Only 18 percent of 1,500 respondents nationwide in late November and early December said they trust the federal government to do the right thing “just...