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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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Treasury Confirms Receipt of Trump Hotel Profits Check, But Won’t Say For How Much

March 1, 2018 As he promised in the run-up to his inauguration, President Trump has sent a donation to the Treasury Department to make up for the controversial profits his private firm gained from foreign government guests staying at his luxury hotel just blocks from the White House. “I can confirm receipt of...

Judge Rejects CIA Whistleblower’s Bid for the Right to Advance His Case Privately

March 1, 2018 A CIA employee who has been battling his agency over alleged retaliation for his whistleblowing lost a round in court this week, when a judge sided with the CIA in rejecting his bid to establish a private right to action to move his case forward. The employee, known by the...

Treasury Loses a Key Expert as it Grapples With New Tax Law

February 28, 2018 The tax professional community took note last week when a long-time Treasury Department executive who’d only recently been elevated by the Trump administration suddenly announced his retirement. Dana Trier, 69, deputy assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, oversaw the Office of the Tax Legislative Counsel and was a key player...

Does President Trump Understand the Role of Inspectors General?

February 28, 2018 In the latest sign of tension between the White House and the attorney general, President Trump on Wednesday took his appointee Jeff Sessions to task for requesting an inspector general review of possible abuses of the intelligence court by the Obama administration. During a Monday news conference on opioids, Attorney...

Budget Reformers Seek Fresh Program Reviews, Among Other Things

February 26, 2018 In a nudge to Congress to fix its broken budget process, an ideologically diverse group of fiscal experts on Monday released a five-part plan they hope forms a “beachhead” to increase bipartisan cooperation. The report, “Building a Better Budget Process,” is the fruit of 18 months of brainstorming sessions convened...

White House Quietly Releases Report Highlighting Benefits of Regulations

February 26, 2018 In stark contrast to the Trump administration’s denunciations of red tape over the past year, the White House late Friday published a mandatory summary of the overall costs and benefits of regulations—showing that governmentwide, the benefits far outweighed the costs. The draft report from the Office of Management and Budget...

FEMA Meals Contractor’s Proposal Was Rife With False Claims, Senators Allege

February 23, 2018 Tribute Contracting, the Atlanta-based boutique consultancy whose $156 million contract to provide meals to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico was canceled, had submitted a work proposal marred by plagiarism and false claims of capabilities, according to three Democratic senators. As part of a probe of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s...

EPA and National Archives Sued Over Scott Pruitt’s Record-Keeping Habits

February 23, 2018 The unorthodox operating habits of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have prompted a lawsuit from two nonprofits charging his agency and the National Archives and Records Administration with failing to enforce the Federal Records Act. Pruitt has been reported by news outlets to use private phones to avoid a...

Senator Trained as Accountant Presses Pentagon on Pricey Audit

February 22, 2018 Anticipating “many more painful findings,” the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee has asked the Pentagon chief for a detailed plan and timeline for incorporating results of the Defense Department’s new and unprecedented across-the-board audit into specific defense budgeting decisions. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., a professional accountant, this week released...

EPA's Planned Budget Cuts Alarm Former Employees, Union

February 21, 2018 The Trump administration’s long-planned cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency—proposed at 33.7 percent over enacted 2017 levels in the fiscal 2019 budget released on Feb. 12—would render the agency’s staff and support functions “the smallest since the mid-1970s when EPA was first established,” says an analysis released on Tuesday. A...