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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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Small Business Group Renews Suit Challenging SBA’s Goal Claims

November 18, 2016 The small but vocal American Small Business League this week continued its long-standing challenge to the Small Business Administration’s claims that agencies are meeting their statutory goals in awarding contracts to qualified small businesses. In an appeal filed in the Ninth Circuit Court in San Francisco, the group’s attorney’s challenged...

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Pressure Builds on Trump to Divest or Put Holdings in Blind Trust

November 18, 2016 In a rare point of agreement between liberal transparency groups and Wall Street Journal editorial writers, President-elect Donald Trump is being urged to serve himself and the nation better by taking more drastic steps than currently planned to wall off his financial holdings. Nearly 20 legal and transparency groups joined...

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Trump’s Unusual Transition Keeps Good-Government Groups Guessing

November 17, 2016 The Trump transition team was scheduled to be represented on a panel at the fall meeting of the National Academy of Public Administration in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, but that didn’t happen. At the last minute, Ado Machida, a lobbyist and former staff member for Vice President Dick Cheney during...

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GSA Will Examine Ethics Issues Around Trump’s D.C. Hotel Lease

November 17, 2016 When the General Services Administration made good on its plan to find a new use for the largely empty but historic Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, it made clear that the deal it announced in June 2013 was a 60-year lease, not a change in ownership. When the agency...

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$85 Million OPIC-Financed Hotel in Afghanistan Was Never Completed

November 17, 2016 The Overseas Private Investment Corp., the U.S. government’s capital-mobilizing agency aimed at developing nations, financed an $85 million hotel and apartment complex in Kabul, Afghanistan, that never opened, a watchdog reported on Thursday. “The $85 million is gone, the buildings were never completed and are uninhabitable, and the U.S. Embassy...

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A Visit to Treasury’s DATA Act Nerve Center

November 16, 2016 On Sept. 30, agencies across government got access to a new internal Web portal called the “DATA ACT Broker,” where agencies can submit spending data and where data technicians can find the validation rules for ensuring the high quality of that information. The portal was designed using open-source code by...

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House Democrats Demand Oversight Probes of Trump and Potential Conflicts of Interest

November 15, 2016 Only a week after Election Day, with House Republicans still planning continued investigations of Hillary Clinton’s time at the State Department, Democrats on the oversight panel are firing off their own requests for probes of President-elect Donald Trump. On Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the Oversight and...

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Trump Transition Reportedly Stalled by Paperwork Lapse

November 15, 2016 President-elect Trump’s Washington transition team appeared “frozen” on Tuesday, according to news reports, in part because a key document has not been signed by newly appointed chairman, Vice President-elect Mike Pence. As first reported by The New York Times, the standard document is meant to safeguard against disclosure of sensitive...

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Data Coalition Sees Trump Win as a Call for More Open Government

November 14, 2016 Last week’s election of Donald Trump as president “shows that Americans feel a need to be better connected to a government they may see as remote, complex, overblown and unresponsive,” according to the leader of a major industry and nonprofit alliance promoting federal data transparency. “Open data can change all...

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Could President Trump Actually Have Hillary Clinton Arrested?

November 11, 2016 In the aftermath of a campaign marked by supporters chanting “lock her up,” President-Elect Donald Trump currently appears fully occupied with transition duties and post-election rhetoric newly turned civil. But some in his camp might press for him to follow through on promises such as the one he made in...

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