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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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Trump Transition Team Spurned Ethics, Management Training

March 2, 2017 The Trump transition team, as it shuffled personnel in the chaotic November-through-January preparations to take over the White House, backed out of contract for training the new administration’s staff and nominees on ethics and management issues pertinent to federal service, Politico reported on Wednesday. The General Services Administration had put...

Secret Service Officer Pleads Guilty to Enticing Minors for Sex

March 2, 2017 A uniformed Secret Service officer who was arrested while protecting the White House in November 2015 pleaded guilty on Wednesday to enticing a minor female to engage in sexual activity, the Justice Department announced. Lee Robert Moore, 38, of Church Hill, Md., also admitted to attempting to send a minor...

NTEU Leaders: It’s Time to ‘Rally for Your Jobs, Your Benefits, Your Country’

March 1, 2017 Last December, when then-President Obama was set to announce he was upping the planned federal pay raise to 2.1 percent, the head of the National Treasury Employees Union received a call from a contact at the Office of Management and Budget. “I have good news,” the official told NTEU National...

Jared Kushner’s Conflict of Interest Issues

March 1, 2017 As a White House adviser with a broad portfolio, presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner is required to comply with federal law forbidding employees from profiting from endeavors affected by government decisions in which they participate. Hence, beginning in December, Kushner—a wealthy real estate owner and investor married to Ivanka Trump—and his...

Senator Urges Labor Department, Congress to Do More for On-Demand Workers

February 28, 2017 The Senate’s foremost champion of new policies to address the economic insecurities of self-employed workers said he wishes the Bureau of Labor Statistics could conduct more surveys to better evaluate the estimated one-third of American workers now participating in the “gig economy.” The agency’s last survey was done in 2005...

100 Feds Found to Be Frequent Workplace Porn-Watchers

February 28, 2017 The scope of a long-discussed agency problem came into focus on Monday when a Washington, D.C., TV news station reported it had counted about 100 federal employees who acknowledged watching pornography for hours during the workday. Using the Freedom of Information Act, News4 I-Team reporter Scott MacFarlane and his colleagues...

When Does a Leak to the Media Violate the Law?

February 27, 2017 With would-be agency whistleblowers on edge and President Trump warning that news leaks are criminal acts, the Congressional Research Service on Feb. 22 sent Congress one of its “legal sidebars” reviewing past approaches to distinguishing between illegal and legal contact with the media. The gist: numerous federal employees have been...

Marshals Service Retaliated Against Whistleblowers, Watchdog Finds

February 27, 2017 Supervisors in the U.S. Marshals Service Oklahoma office inappropriately retaliated against underlings for cooperating with an inspector general investigation, the watchdog found, a violation of agency rules and the 1978 Inspector General Act. The three managers, including the chief deputy marshal in the jurisdiction, were found to have exerted undue...

The OMB Director’s Impossible Position

February 24, 2017 President Trump’s newly installed budget director “will either be the most influential member of the Cabinet or the next one out the door,” according to longtime budget expert Stan Collender. Former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., took “some of the most virulent anti-deficit, anti-spending positions” in the past few years and...

Lawmaker Would Curb Excess Deliveries of Federal Register on the Hill

February 23, 2017 If more Members of Congress embraced the digital revolution, the drop in the government’s printing bills would be, well, substantial, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The legislative scorekeepers on Wednesday weighed in with an estimate on a bill (H.R. 195) by Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., that would forbid the...