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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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GAO Will Probe ‘Fake Comments’ to Regulatory Agencies

January 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Weeks after news reports of a proliferation of “fake” public comments during regulatory rulemaking processes, Congress’s watchdog on Wednesday agreed to perform two related audits. In a letter to Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., the Government Accountability Office’s congressional liaison said the auditing body accepts the request that came last June...

Trump’s Pace of Naming Ambassadors Trails That of Predecessors

January 25, 2018 The high vacancy rate at top positions controlled by the Trump administration extends to the ambassadorial slots, though the White House and State Department can point to some recent progress. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 50-49—including a tie-breaking aye vote from Vice President Mike Pence—to confirm Kansas Republican Gov. Sam...

GAO Will Probe ‘Fake Comments’ to Regulatory Agencies

January 25, 2018 Weeks after news reports of a proliferation of “fake” public comments during regulatory rulemaking processes, Congress’s watchdog on Wednesday agreed to perform two related audits. In a letter to Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., the Government Accountability Office’s congressional liaison said the auditing body accepts the request that came last June...

Obama Grantmaking Reforms Are Thriving Under Trump, Officials Say

January 24, 2018 Reports of politicization notwithstanding, the Trump administration is continuing reforms to modernize grants management that started under Obama, two agency officials said Wednesday. The officials on a panel examining a new survey of grants managers portrayed the transition between the two presidential administrations as par for the course, when asked...

Consumer Protection Bureau Won't Be 'Pushing the Envelope' Anymore

January 24, 2018 Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director now doubling as acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, published an essay announcing “a new mission” for the controversial agency: it will stick to statutory authority, cost-benefit analysis and inclusion of credit “providers” as well as credit users. In a Wednesday...

Temporary Spending Bill Relieves Intel Agencies From Oversight

January 24, 2018 Against the wishes of leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the newly enacted continuing resolution that funds the government until Feb. 8 contains a House-sought provision that could allow intelligence agencies to transfer funds to new operations without congressional approval. Section 148 reads: “Funds appropriated by the Department of Defense...

Justice Inspector General Goes to Work to Locate Disputed FBI Text Messages

January 23, 2018 Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the leader of the government’s watchdogs who is already probing the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election, is now being counted on to find lost bureau text messages some lawmakers believe show unfair treatment of President Trump. Last Friday, Horowitz’s agenda broadened when Attorney...

Lawmaker Accuses State Department of Tolerating Abusive Executives

January 22, 2018 Citing multiple whistleblower complaints, a House Democrat has accused the State Department of a lax response to accusations that at least one senior executive has created a hostile work environment in violation of equal opportunity rules. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., in a Jan. 22 letter to Secretary of State Rex...

Employees Exiting Closing Agencies Say Shutdown Procedures Are Quick

January 22, 2018 Federal employees at five agencies, some cheerful, others gruff, told a Government Executive reporter on Monday morning that procedures for an “orderly” and “safe” shutdown are accomplished in surprisingly little time. “I signed the furlough papers and was instructed not do to any work until further notice,” said an Interior...

Trump Team Enters New, Risky Territory on Shutdown Budgeting

January 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Friday deployed some fiscal terms of art when he said the Obama administration had “weaponized” the 2013 government shutdown by allegedly failing to take advantage of agency flexibilities to lessen the negative impact. Agencies under the Trump administration will use “carry-forward funding” and...