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Charles S. Clark

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Charlie 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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Lawsuits Widen to Challenge Trump's Washington Hotel Arrangement

June 12, 2017 President Trump’s unprecedented arrangement for leasing the federally owned historic building that is now his international luxury hotel continues to draw legal challenges as quickly as it has drawn VIP guests from around the world. On Monday, days after a Time magazine cover featured a story titled “The Swamp Hotel”...

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White House Denies that Trump Vacancies Impair Agency Reforms

June 12, 2017 Countering the notion that the large number of high-level agency vacancies is hindering President Trump’s efficiency reforms, the key White House management adviser on Sunday told a television audience a “good dialog” is taking place between agency career staff and budget officials as the June 30 deadline for high-level agency...

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Shakeup at GSA as Two Executives Resign

June 12, 2017 Though led only by an acting administrator, that’s not stopping the General Services Administration from embracing reorganization efforts called for by the Trump White House. One result on Monday was two sudden high-level resignations. Tom Sharpe, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service for the last four years, told staff in...

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White House Aide Violated Hatch Act With Tweet, Special Counsel Finds

June 9, 2017 President Trump’s White House social media guru this week was given a warning from the Office of Special Counsel that he violated the Hatch Act by tweeting a criticism of a House member in the midst of an April primary election. Dan Scavino Jr., director of social media and assistant...

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House Passes Financial Reform Bill that Remakes Consumer Bureau

June 9, 2017 The Republican-controlled House on Thursday passed a comprehensive bill to undo much of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Financial Reform act, including restructuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the name of accountability to Congress. The largely party-line vote for the Financial Choice Act (H.R. 10) was 233-186. Long in the works...

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Newly Released Agency Ethics Waivers Leave Much Unanswered

June 8, 2017 As promised, the Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday released a batch of ethics waivers granted to agency officials. While it appeared to contain no bombshells, the unveiling left both the ethics agency and outside critics hungry for greater detail. The copies of 17 letters or memos allowing waivers from...

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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...