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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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EPA Overspent on Subsidized, Often Empty Employee Parking Spaces

November 8, 2017 The agency with a huge stake in efforts to reduce pollution generated by automobiles has subsidized too many employee parking spaces, many off which went unused, a watchdog found. The Environmental Protection Agency, at the 24-hour garage at its Washington headquarters and its Atlanta regional office, paid more than $840,000...

Time Is Running Out on Acting Officials’ Authority Under Vacancies Act

November 7, 2017 Nov. 16 looms large for government leaders paying attention to the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act. The law stipulates that 300 days after a president is sworn in, officials who have been serving in an acting capacity since that time lose much of their authority. With the pace of Trump...

EPA Chief's Scientific Advisory Panel Moves Draw Mixed Reactions

November 7, 2017 After weeks of news leaks and controversy, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Nov. 2 announced his slate of appointments to three key agency scientific advisory boards. Coming two days after a decision to change membership criteria to disqualify EPA research grant-recipients from also serving on advisory boards, Pruitt’s...

Homeland Security Advised to Clarify Roles in Immigration Enforcement

November 6, 2017 Fifteen years after its creation, the Homeland Security Department still lacks a unity of effort among components that enforce immigration law, a watchdog found. “Without a more unified approach to immigration that includes efficiency in management of resources, DHS will continue to allow vulnerabilities that may affect national security and...

USDA Rebuts Author’s Critique of Trump Transition

November 6, 2017 Celebrity author Michael Lewis, whose ongoing book project explores the Trump administration’s rocky transition to governance, has butted heads with his latest target: the Agriculture Department. Lewis’s Nov. 2 piece in Vanity Fair is a scathing narrative based on interviews with former department officials who criticized Trump’s temporary appointees for...

Trump Nominates Justice Dept. Attorney to Be Intel Community Watchdog

November 3, 2017 President Trump on Thursday announced his selection of Maryland attorney Michael Atkinson to be the inspector general of the 17-agency intelligence community, which has been undergoing changes in its whistleblower protection program. The position has been held on a part-time, acting basis by Wayne Stone since the departure in March...

House Democrats Go to Court for Trump Hotel Documents

November 2, 2017 Nearly one year after the surprise election victory of a presidential candidate who also owns the lease to a major Washington hotel, a dozen Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel have filed a lawsuit against the General Services Administration to obtain documents on the hotel’s operations and...

Ex-Diplomats Balk at Trump’s Nominee to Lead Foreign Service

November 2, 2017 Nearly three weeks after President Trump’s nomination of an Indiana economics official with State Department experience to run the Foreign Service, some big names in the community of retired diplomats are giving him a thumbs-down. Stephen Akard, an associate of Vice President Mike Pence during his days as Indiana governor,...

There’s One Thing Both Sides in the Debate Over Privatizing Air Traffic Control Can Agree On

November 1, 2017 As the House prepares to take up a major overhaul of the air traffic control system, representatives of the aviation industry, labor and government on Wednesday butted heads on the long-debated issue of whether to spin off the system into a private nonprofit. They agreed only that Congress’s failure to...

Evidence-Based Policy Principles Take Legislative Form

November 1, 2017 In a follow-through on one of the 115th Congress’s rare bipartisan initiatives, key House and Senate members on Tuesday unveiled a bill to implement recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, which issued its congressionally mandated report on Sept. 7. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.,...