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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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Former Air Force Mechanic Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Joining ISIS

June 1, 2017 A onetime Air Force avionics mechanic and U.S. citizen was sentenced to 35 years in prison for seeking to join the ISIS terrorist group, acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente announced on Wednesday. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, of Neptune, N.J., was convicted in a Brooklyn court in March for obstruction...

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Bill to Protect Whistleblowers Who Refuse to Break Rules Goes to President

May 31, 2017 President Trump will soon decide whether to sign a bipartisan bill just passed by Congress that would clarify that whistleblower protection laws shield federal employees who disobey a superior’s directive if it is illegal or violates regulations. The Follow the Rules Act (H.R. 657)— introduced by Reps. Sean Duffy, R-Wis.,...

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VA Needs Greater Firing Power More Than a Larger Budget, Secretary Says

May 31, 2017 Delivering a “State of the VA” address on his 100th day in office, Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin on Wednesday laid out 13 “risk areas” that threaten progress at his agency, stressing the need for greater “accountability” in disciplining errant employees and a need to partner with the private...

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Contractor Settles Criminal Charges on Overpriced Food for Troops in Iraq

May 31, 2017 Fourteen years after it was hired to supply fruits and vegetables to U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, the Kuwaiti-based Agility Public Warehousing Co. on Friday reached a settlement of all outstanding criminal, civil and administrative charges brought by the U.S. government. The Justice Department announced that Agility had agreed to...

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Ex-GSA Chief Explains Decision Not to Block Trump’s Hotel Arrangement

May 30, 2017 After months of silence, the head of the General Services Administration during the final years of the Obama administration explained in an interview her much-criticized decision not to challenge President Trump’s maintenance of a lease on Washington’s Old Post Office that earns profits from his Trump International Hotel. In a...

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White House Gives Ground on Ethics Waivers, Continues Questioning Legality

May 30, 2017 This story has been updated. The White House at the start of the Memorial Day weekend eased its earlier opposition to delivering lists of ethics waivers to the Office of Government Ethics, though it continues to question the legality of such governmentwide requirements. Budget director Mick Mulvaney in a May...

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Effort to Save Agency from Budget Ax Draws Allegations of Wrongful Lobbying

May 30, 2017 The small independent investigative agency known as the Chemical Safety Board has been targeted by the Trump White House for elimination in the president’s fiscal 2018 budget request. But in the week before Memorial Day, it was also targeted by the conservative news outlet The Daily Caller, which unearthed emails...

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Trump Selects Capitol Hill Investigator to Run Office of Special Counsel

May 26, 2017 This story has been updated. The White House on Friday announced the nomination of career prosecutor and veteran Capitol Hill staffer Henry Kerner to lead the Office of Special Counsel, the independent agency that combats prohibited personnel practices and retaliation against whistleblowers governmentwide. Kerner, currently assistant vice president for investigations...

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Agencies Largely Maintain Small-Business Contracting Scores

May 26, 2017 Under the new leadership of Trump appointee Linda McMahon, the Small Business Administration last week released its annual scorecard on federal agencies’ small business contracting, proclaiming that the government overall met its mandatory goals for the fourth year running. The average agency award rate of 24.34 percent of contracting dollars...

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Trump Budget Continues Homeland Security Move to St. Elizabeths

May 26, 2017 President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget document released on Tuesday calls for continued funding of the ongoing consolidation of the Homeland Security Department’s headquarters on the campus of St. Elizabeths hospital in Southeast Washington. Though some Republicans in recent years blasted the project for cost overruns—prompting the General Services Administration to...