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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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How Salmon and Pizza Figure Into White House’s Government Reorganization Plan

June 25, 2018 White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney last week pressed Cabinet members on the need to reorganize federal agencies and then mocked the “byzantine nature of the way that we regulate in this country.” His down-home examples about safe processing of pizza and roast-beef sandwiches suggest that there is low-hanging fruit—or...

Congress Sends Trump Bill to Widen Whistleblower Access to Courts

June 25, 2018 Agency whistleblowers who previously had to file cases only in the Washington, D.C.-based appeals court will now have access to courts in their own region, based on a bill that cleared the House on Friday and is headed to President Trump’s desk. The All Circuit Review Act (H.R. 2229), pursued...

Streamlined Grant Reporting May Be Coming Soon

June 25, 2018 Applicants for thousands of separately designed grant offerings from hundreds of federal agencies may be encouraged that a simpler world is drawing near. The movement for standardizing data across programs, says a survey of 30 grants management leaders in government and industry, “is on the cusp of a major transformation”...

A Gray Day Outside OPM: Employees React to Agency's Diminished Role Under Reorganization Plan

June 22, 2018 Employees at the Office of Personnel Management appeared glum on this rainy, gray Friday, the day after the Trump administration unveiled a wide-reaching reorganization plan that would slice OPM into pieces. In lunch hour on-the-street interviews with Government Executive, the few who agreed to speak said many employees were worried...

Army Corps of Engineers May Lose Its Domestic Missions

June 22, 2018 The Trump administration on Thursday released a blueprint for a massive overhaul of the federal bureaucracy, one that if implemented would touch virtually every agency and the way all Americans receive government services. The proposal would strip the Army Corps of Engineers of its domestic missions of maintaining navigation infrastructure...

EPA’s Criminal Enforcement Numbers Are Dropping Under Pruitt

June 22, 2018 At a time when the Environmental Protection Agency has tripled the number of bodyguards for the administrator, the agency’s cases brought against polluters is in “free fall,” according to a study released on Thursday by the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The number of staff devoted to such...

Vacancy-Plagued Chemical Safety Board Gets Interim Chair

June 22, 2018 Vanessa Allen Sutherland left her post as chair of the independent Chemical Safety Board on Friday, having expressed confidence that her interim successor will continue the progress she sees in streamlining the small agency’s industrial accident probes and boosting sagging employee morale. The Obama appointee who resigned after serving only...

White House Proposes a Massive Reorganization of Federal Agencies

June 21, 2018 The Trump administration on Thursday released a blueprint for a massive overhaul of the federal bureaucracy, one that if implemented would touch virtually every agency and the way all Americans receive government services. “This effort, along with the recent executive orders on federal unions, are the biggest pieces so far...

Senate GOP Report Blasts Officials for Improper Medicaid Payments

June 20, 2018 Anti-fraud specialists at the joint federal-state Medicaid program are failing to effectively combat improper payments, which have risen by 157 percent since 2013, according to a report released Wednesday by the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The $37 billion that annually goes to fraudsters represents...

Patent Office Celebrates 10-Millionth Award as Inventors Complain

June 19, 2018 The Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued its 10-millionth patent since President George Washington signed the first patent in 1791. But a passel of inventors seized on the occasion to challenge the patent’s wording. President Trump was set to sign the patent titled "Coherent Ladar Using Intra-Pixel Quadrature Detection"...