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Charles S. Clark

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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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U.S. Was ‘Ill-Prepared’ to Help Train Afghan Security Forces, IG Finds

September 22, 2017 Just weeks after President Trump announced a stepped-up U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan, a watchdog released a “lessons learned” report noting that “Afghan security forces are not yet capable of securing their own nation” despite U.S. expenditures of $71 billion since 2002. “The U.S. government was ill-prepared to conduct security...

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Momentum Builds for Probe of HHS Secretary’s Travel Costs

September 22, 2017 Multiple news reports of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price using private planes for extensive official travel have prompted several calls for probes by an inspector general and congressional overseers. Politico on Thursday reported that Price took private charter flights at least 24 times in recent months at an...

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SAMMIE Awards Honor Team That Cracked Volkswagen Emissions Cheating

September 22, 2017 A team at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department that exposed and ended a scheme by German carmaker Volkswagen “to rig more than a half million vehicles to circumvent U.S. auto emission standards,” won top honors in the 2017 Service to America Awards (“the SAMMIES”), the nonprofit Partnership...

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Congress Wants to Boost Agency Use of Evidence in Program Evaluation

September 21, 2017 Congress is readying legislation to implement some recent recommendations made by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking in an effort to improve data quality, not to simply target programs for elimination, officials said on Thursday. The bipartisan movement to sharpen and better circulate data for use in federal program evaluation is...

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Senators Unveil Bill to Ban Agencies from Spending at President’s Properties

September 20, 2017 Just days after reports that Trump White House officials had spent more than double the federal per diem on nights at Trump Organization-owned hotels, three Democratic senators unveiled a bill to deter agencies from spending taxpayer dollars to benefit the president’s business empire. The Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating, and...

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State Dept. Rebuffs Diplomats’ Plea for Release of Reorg Plan

September 19, 2017 The State Department remains unmoved by a request this week from an association of retired diplomats that it rethink its current position and publicly release its still-evolving reorganization plan. The nonpartisan American Academy of Diplomacy, led by ambassadors Thomas Pickering and Ronald Neumann, on Monday sent Secretary of State Rex...

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New Whistleblower Group Offers Legal Alternative to Leaking

September 18, 2017 A new legal group called Whistleblower Aid is encouraging federal workers and contractors to report waste, fraud and abuse without resorting to criminal leaking of classified materials. Founded as a nonpartisan nonprofit law firm offering free services to qualified clients, the project is trumpeting its debut on Washington's Metro transit...

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Diplomats Cheer State Dept. Spending Bill That Rejects Trump Cuts

September 15, 2017 Retired and current diplomats are heartened that a fiscal 2018 spending bill that cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee last week would not subject the State Department to the steep budget cuts President Trump is seeking. The $51.3 billion spending bill is $10 billion higher than Trump’s request, providing $30.4 billion...

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Ethics Office Appears to Give White House a Break

September 14, 2017 The Office of Government Ethics, currently led by Trump-appointed acting Director David Apol, has infuriated some ethics specialists with an unpublicized change in long-standing guidance that banned donations from lobbyists to White House staff for their legal defense funds. But OGE says the policy is unchanged. As first reported by...

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Marshals Service Accused of Wasting Funds on Fancy Furniture, Excess Office Space

September 13, 2017 The Assets Forfeiture Fund managed by the U.S. Marshals Service has wasted money on extravagant office space, misspent appropriations and misled congressional overseers, a key senator charged in a Tuesday memorandum to Senate appropriators. Citing tips from whistleblowers, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, blasted the Marshals...