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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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Shooter of Los Angeles TSA Officer Gets 60 Years

November 11, 2016 The killer of the first Transportation Security Administration officer to die on the job was sentenced to 60 years for his deadly actions in 2013 at Los Angeles International Airport, the Justice Department announced this week. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 26, of Sun Valley, Calif., this September had pleaded guilty to...

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Obama and Trump Teams Spool Out Transition Detail

November 10, 2016 As President Obama and President-Elect Trump held a historic White House meeting on Thursday, both of their transition specialists unveiled fresh planning detail as they embarked on the 73-day handover of power. An org chart floated around the capital showed that the Trump team has set up six prongs for...

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Trump, Clinton, Obama, Ryan Harmonize for a Smooth Transition

November 9, 2016 Laying to rest fears of disruptive post-election bitterness, the key players in Tuesday’s election drama on Wednesday all stuck to Washington’s new script for executing a smooth transfer of power. It began with winning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s 2:50 a.m. speech in New York City saying he had received...

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Ex-Rep. Mike Rogers Spotted Touring Trump Transition HQ

November 9, 2016 This story has been updated. With the nation’s capital quietly stunned by the surprise presidential election victory of Republican Donald Trump, the Trump transition team wasted no time on Wednesday. As it prepared its move from its pre-election headquarters a block from the White House to the new official transition...

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Lessons for Combat in Mosul, From a Trio of Watchdogs

November 8, 2016 In the seventh required quarterly report on American support for anti-ISIS operations in Iraq, three inspectors general offered key lessons from recent combat in the region. The report comes as attacks heat up to pry Islamic State forces from the key city of Mosul. The review of ongoing U.S. aid...

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Homeland Security Still Slow to Fill Law Enforcement Jobs, Watchdog Finds

November 8, 2016 At a time of rising domestic threats, the Homeland Security Department has made visible but insufficient progress in hiring law enforcement professionals, according to a recent inspector general’s report. Congress has been pressuring the department for months to take advantage of a 2014 funding infusion to expand the staffs of...

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Justice Department Dispatches 500 to Monitor Polls on Tuesday

November 7, 2016 Amid scattered news reports of threats of private citizens challenging voters’ eligibility on Election Day, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is sending more than 500 trained and multi-lingual employees to polling stations in 67 jurisdictions in 28 states, the department announced on Monday. “The bedrock of our democracy is...

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NOAA Rebuts Famed Critic of National Weather Service

November 7, 2016 A key program chief at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took to the pages of Sunday’s New York Times Magazine to rebut a long-standing barrage of criticism from a University of Washington meteorologist. The original Oct. 17 article, titled “Why Isn’t the U.S. Better at Predicting Extreme Weather?” by...

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Federal Advisory Committees' Rosters and Costs Rise, Says CRS

November 4, 2016 The next president, on top of making 4,000 political appointments to agencies in his or her first year, will also help name hundreds of specialized experts to more than 1,000 federal advisory committees. These 1,009 commissions, councils, task forces and working groups appointed by Congress, the president or agencies in...

FBI to Conduct Internal Probe of Election-Season Tweets

November 4, 2016 Suddenly renewed activity on an FBI Twitter account publicizing Freedom of Information Act releases has prompted an internal bureau review of the propriety of such activity so close to the Nov. 8 election, according to a source involved in the matter. In emails obtained by Government Executive sent to an...

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