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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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Federal Hurricane Response Expands to Antitrust, Fraud Prevention

September 13, 2017 The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday released guidance to help businesses investing in helping rebuild southern communities ravaged by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But the guidance also contains warnings against anti-competitive agreements that “take advantage” of victims or those engaged in relief efforts. “The Department of...

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White House Objects to Parts of Defense Bill that Curb President’s Power

September 12, 2017 The multi-layered $700 billion fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization bill now on the Senate floor has drawn a series of objections from the Trump administration, ranging from its initial rejection of a new round of base closures to a narrowing of presidential authority to set alternative pay rates for warfighters....

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Spending Battles Are Likely Still Brewing Despite Bipartisan Agreement on Hurricane Aid

September 11, 2017 The bill President Trump signed on Friday providing $15.25 billion for hurricane relief efforts was at best a down payment. Damages from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are still being tabulated, and between now and early December, when the threats of a debt-ceiling expiration and a government shutdown return, the White...

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Agencies Told to Cut Regulatory Budgets in Fiscal 2018

September 11, 2017 President Trump’s point person in his push for deregulation has sent regulatory officers at all agencies instructions to submit a budget for fiscal 2018 that produces “a net reduction in total incremental regulatory costs.” In a Sept. 7 memo, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Neomi Rao called on...

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Trump Justice Department Declines to Prosecute Ex-IRS Official

September 8, 2017 More than four years after accusations of political targeting rocked the Internal Revenue Service, the Trump administration’s Justice Department has rejected a request from Republicans on the House tax-writing committee that it prosecute the controversy’s main character: Lois Lerner. In letter released Friday by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin...

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GSA Relaxes Rules to Speed Contracting for Hurricane Relief Efforts

September 8, 2017 Eight days after addressing Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the General Services Administration on Thursday pivoted to the Irma storm aimed at Florida, relaxing certain contracting rules to encourage speed and local awards. Senior Procurement Executive Jeffrey Koses signed a “memorandum raising thresholds for areas included in the Irma declaration response,”...

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DEA Exec Intervened to Reinstate Security Clearance of Agent Involved in Sex Scandal

September 7, 2017 The Drug Enforcement Agency needs to tighten up its disciplinary procedures, the agency’s watchdog said, after it found that DEA leaders inappropriately reinstated the suspended security clearance of a special agent involved in serious security violations and sexual misconduct. Former DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart and former DEA Acting Chief Inspector...

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Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Calls for Interagency Coordination

September 7, 2017 In one of the era’s few bipartisan governing initiatives, the congressionally impaneled Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking on Thursday called for creation of a new National Secure Data Service, improved legal protections of privacy and greater coordination of agency data sets by the Office of Management and Budget. Mandated under a...

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Leadership Vacancies Have Slowed Security Clearance Reform, Officials Say

September 6, 2017 The Trump administration’s relatively slow pace in filling vacancies during the transition has placed the interagency effort to reform security clearance processing “in a bit of a bind in terms of facilitating leadership,” the nation’s top counterintelligence chief said on Wednesday. Nonetheless, the intelligence community, which Congress has tasked with...

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Social Security Paid Disability Benefits to More Than 700 Deceased Veterans

September 5, 2017 The Social Security Administration paid out nearly $38 million in disability insurance payments to 746 deceased veterans, the agency's inspector general found, because the deaths had not been properly recorded in the agency’s databases. Unless Social Security corrects its records, it will likely make another $7.3 million in improper payments...