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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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White House Red-Tape Cutters Tabulate $23 Billion in Fiscal 2018 Savings

October 17, 2018 The Trump administration’s rule re-makers on Tuesday reported $23 billion in cost savings during fiscal 2018 stemming from 176 actions, large and small, that thwart “burdensome and unnecessary regulation.” The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs released both a summary of agency actions last year as well as...

Attorney General Calls Out Judge on Census Citizenship Question

October 16, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday took aim at a judge who ruled against the Justice Department in allowing litigation by 18 states to proceed in challenging the Trump administration’s controversial plan to restore a long-abandoned question on citizenship to the 2020 decennial census. “An increasing number of district judges...

Attorney General Calls Out Judge on Census Citizenship Question

October 16, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday took aim at a judge who ruled against the Justice Department in allowing litigation by 18 states to proceed in challenging the Trump administration’s controversial plan to restore a long-abandoned question on citizenship to the 2020 decennial census. “An increasing number of district judges...

FBI Official Wrongly Accepted Sports Tickets From News Media

October 16, 2018 A senior FBI official violated federal regulations by accepting two tickets to a professional sports event from a TV journalist in 2016, a watchdog found. The unnamed official, who retired during the course of the investigation, was also found to have misled the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General...

SBA Shrugs Off Report That House Majority Leader's In-Law May Have Misused Small Business Contracts

October 15, 2018 The program for contractor set-asides to boost Native American small businesses may have been misused by the brother-in-law of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., according to a Los Angeles Times investigation published on Sunday. McCarthy himself is not accused of involvement in the arrangement dating back to 1998, when...

Watchdog Faults FBI Staff for Mishandling Secret Report on U.K. Terrorist Attack

October 15, 2018 An inspector general’s detailed review of emails faulted three FBI employees and a staff member for misrouting classified information relating to the May 2017 terrorist bombing of a concert in Manchester, England, given by singer Ariana Grande. The watchdog launched the probe after a tip from the FBI that someone...

Democratic Lawmakers Challenge State Department Same-Sex Visa Limits

October 12, 2018 Adjustments to visa policy for same-sex foreign diplomats enacted by the State Department late last month have drawn fire from 20 Democratic senators and some 119 House members. The new policy of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would deny, with some exceptions depending on country or origin, diplomatic (G-4) visas...

Agencies Backslide in Fight Against Jargon, Amid High Staff Turnover

October 12, 2018 Despite innovative efforts by government wordsmiths and designers, agency grades in jargon-free communications dropped from a B average to a C last year, according to the 2018 report card released on Friday by the nonprofit Center for Plain Language. One possible reason: high turnover during the past three years in...

Hope for Reforming Government in Polarized Times?

October 11, 2018 President Trump’s point person for government reform—the busier-than-ever Margaret Weichert—acknowledged earlier this week that she is “standing on the shoulders of giants.” During a week packed with speeches and duties for her new part-time role as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, Weichert on Wednesday appeared with three...

EPA Search for Pruitt-Cited Climate Studies Comes Up Dry

October 11, 2018 Nineteen months after it received a nonprofit’s Freedom of Information Act request, the Environmental Protection Agency has responded with a small batch of documents that seem to undercut former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s hint of internal agency studies concluding that scientists are undecided about the human impact on climate change. Documents...