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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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National Archives Plays Unusual Role in Kavanaugh Nomination Battle

August 22, 2018 The keepers of the nation’s vital papers are finding themselves caught in the political fray as the Senate prepares for a tense partisan hearing and vote this fall on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As soon as the president names a high court candidate, National Archives and Records...

Complaints Pile Up on Commerce Secretary’s Financial Disclosure Challenges

August 21, 2018 First it was Democratic lawmakers, then it was the Office of Government Ethics, then a Republican senator, and, most recently, a nonprofit ethics group. All are demanding further investigations of whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross failed to properly disclose or fully divest his financial holdings—estimated by Forbes magazine at $700...

‘Trump Will Get his Wall,’ Says Senator

August 20, 2018 Less than two months after activists launched the edgy slogan “Abolish ICE,” the White House on Monday brought more than 100 law enforcement agency leaders and staff to Washington to hear praise and gratitude for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s work. Both President Trump and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., also took...

EPA Staff Misreport Purchase Card Transactions, Watchdog Finds

August 20, 2018 Rank and file staffers at the Environmental Protection Agency are not properly documenting their use of purchase cards to acquire such items as computer keyboards, laboratory supplies and, in one case, a garage door opener, a watchdog found. “Despite the EPA’s control efforts, oversight is weak,” EPA Inspector General Arthur...

Justice Department Touts New Immigration Judges, Quicker Hiring

August 17, 2018 As the Justice Department’s immigration review office struggles with children coming across the border, it is hailing progress in reducing long-standing delays in hiring more immigration judges. On Aug. 10, 23 new judges were invested by the department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, the largest class since at least 2010,...

CBO Boosts Transparency In the Face of Lawmaker Wrath

August 16, 2018 Congress’s nonpartisan budget arm wants you to understand how it crunches the numbers. This year, in a bid for greater transparency, it published unprecedented details of its economic methods at a time when many Republicans are questioning the reliability of the 43-year-old Congressional Budget Office. “Transparency is a top priority...

Federal Acquisition Workers Rate Themselves Highly on Most Skills

August 16, 2018 The government’s civilian acquisition workforce, long under pressure to improve hiring and modernize its skill sets, is feeling more satisfied with its own effectiveness, according to the latest biennial Acquisition Workforce Competency Survey released Wednesday. Considered the most comprehensive version of the survey yet (an 83 percent increase in response...

Shutdown Advice for Contractors: If a Stop-Work Order Comes, Stop Work

August 15, 2018 Congress’s progress on its 12 annual spending bills for fiscal 2019 means “we’re in pretty good shape ” for funding federal agencies, David Berteau, president and CEO of the 400-member Professional Services Council, told his contractor members in a webinar on Wednesday. Congressional appropriators have reported all spending bills from...

Inspectors General Face Uncertain and Opaque Funding, Senate Report Says

August 15, 2018 Despite a recent law requiring more transparent budgeting, various inspectors general are being targeted for budget cuts by the Trump White House, some of them at agencies the administration proposed for funding hikes, according to a report released Wednesday by Democratic staff on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

EPA’s Bid for ‘Consistent and Transparent’ Rulemaking Draws Fire

August 14, 2018 One enduring legacy of former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt may be a rule that recasts the agency’s approach to the complex art of cost benefit analysis in weighing regulations. On June 7, less than a month before he resigned, Pruitt announced a coming proposed rulemaking and comment period...