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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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State Department Defends Lack of Daily Press Briefings as Temporary

June 8, 2017 One salient characteristic of Secretary Rex Tillerson’s tenure at the State Department is the scarcity of the globally watched daily press briefings that for decades have been considered routine. “State Department press briefings go dark," read the headline on a June 5 “Secrecy News” blogpost by transparency activist Steven Aftergood...

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Trump’s Budget Office Nominee Draws Fire for Partisan Stance on Oversight

June 7, 2017 Wednesday’s routine confirmation hearing for three Trump nominees turned into a platform for Senate Democrats to ratchet up resistance to a White House directive requiring agencies to favor Republicans when responding to congressional oversight inquiries. The policy of responding only to members of the congressional majority was justified in a...

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Patent Office Chief Suddenly Resigns

June 7, 2017 Michelle Lee, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 2015, on Tuesday surprised her staff with an agencywide email announcing her resignation, Government Executive has confirmed with the agency. After struggling with uncertain job security during the early months of the Trump administration, the former Google attorney told...

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Executive Branch Vacancies Jeopardize Trump's Planned Reforms

June 7, 2017 For many senior government officials, June 30 is D-Day. That’s when the Trump White House wants leaders at every agency to submit proposals to “maximize employee performance” as spelled out in an April memo from the Office of Management and Budget. OMB’s guidance aims to make good on President Trump’s...

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Five Plead Guilty in IRS Agent Impersonation Scheme

June 6, 2017 The Internal Revenue Service has long warned taxpayers not to be lured in by aggressive callers who phone cold and claim to be IRS agents seeking to collect outstanding taxes. On Monday, the agency got some help from Justice Department prosecutors who—working with inspectors general at the Treasury and Homeland...

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Democratic Lawmakers Protest Trump Telling Agencies to Ignore Their Requests

June 5, 2017 This story has been updated. An all-but-official Trump administration directive seems to instruct agencies to respond to congressional oversight requests for information only from Republicans who control both chambers of Congress. But Democrats in recent days have begun to protest what appears to be an unusually bold statement of policy...

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7 Tips from a Veteran IG

June 2, 2017 The tricky job of being a federal inspector general—the dual-hatted officials are independent, yet report to both their agencies and Congress—has been boiled down to seven key tips. Glenn Fine, who spent 11 years as a well-known Justice Department inspector general before taking on the role of acting IG for...

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VA Secretary Launches Centralized Bid to Combat Waste and Fraud

June 2, 2017 Two days after his “State of the VA” address, Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin announced a stepped-up effort to reduce fraud, waste and abuse in VA payments. The Seek to Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse (STOP FWA) initiative will build on current efforts but add a more centralized approach...

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Justice Department Gave Bonuses to Employees Under Investigation for Sexual Harassment

June 2, 2017 Some of the 1,400 attorneys and support employees at the Justice Department’s Civil Division have been given performance awards at the same time they are under investigation or being disciplined for sexual harassment, the department’s inspector general reported on Thursday. In an unusual report accompanied by a “management advisory memorandum”...

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Disclosure of Ethics Waivers for White House Staff Doesn't Reassure Critics

June 1, 2017 As promised, President Trump’s team in time for a June 1 deadline posted a list of 14 White House staff individuals and groups who’ve been granted waivers from ethics rules so that they may continue communicating with former employers. The list included such familiar names as Chief of Staff Reince...