Government Executive - Authors - Charles S. Clarkhttp://www.govexec.comCharlie Clark joined <i>Government Executive</i> in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at <i>The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal</i>, Time-Life Books, <i>Tax Analysts</i>, 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.en-usFri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:34 -0400White House Again Rebuffs Issa Subpoena of Political Chiefhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/white-house-again-rebuffs-issa-subpoena-political-chief/89693/Head of outreach strategy office David Simas is no-show at hearing.Charles S. ClarkFri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/white-house-again-rebuffs-issa-subpoena-political-chief/89693/OversightKaren Grigoryan/Shutterstock.comWhy Is This Commerce Department Agency Charging Other Agencies for Free Reports?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/why-commerce-department-agency-charging-other-agencies-free-reports/89627/Lawmakers say the National Technical Information Service’s repository is a ripoff.Charles S. ClarkThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:16:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/why-commerce-department-agency-charging-other-agencies-free-reports/89627/Oversight“NTIS has been trying to profit by selling documents that have little, if anything to do with scientific or technical information, like the Armed Forces Recipe Book,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said.Lauren Victoria Burke/APProcurement Chief Nominee Stresses Acquisition Training, Contractor Price Datahttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/procurement-chief-nominee-stresses-acquisition-training-contractor-price-data/89624/Sen. McCaskill elicits promise that OMB will improve communication with oversight panels.Charles S. ClarkThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:15:54 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/procurement-chief-nominee-stresses-acquisition-training-contractor-price-data/89624/ContractingRung said program managers and contracting officials “have a thankless job and rarely get the recognition they deserve.”United Stated Department of Commerce file photoHHS Makes Personnel Moves to Better Manage Obamacarehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/hhs-makes-personnel-moves-better-manage-obamacare/89489/Secretary Burwell brings in WalMart veteran as senior counselor.Charles S. ClarkWed, 23 Jul 2014 17:22:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/hhs-makes-personnel-moves-better-manage-obamacare/89489/ManagementAndrew Slavitt, principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesEvan Vucci/APIRS Chief Clashes With Republicans on Email Delivery, Role of IGhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/07/irs-chief-clashes-republicans-email-delivery-role-ig/89483/Lawmakers dispute agency’s cooperation in probe of alleged political targeting.Charles S. ClarkWed, 23 Jul 2014 16:42:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/07/irs-chief-clashes-republicans-email-delivery-role-ig/89483/TechIRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified at a contentious hearing Wednesday.Associated PressHigh Turnover Hinders Progress on Agency 'Priority' Goalshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/high-turnover-hinders-progress-agency-priority-goals/89438/Leaders also need to share more information and beef up performance plans, watchdog finds.Charles S. ClarkWed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:57 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/high-turnover-hinders-progress-agency-priority-goals/89438/Managementtadamichi/Shutterstock.comCutting Red Tape Could Prove Lucrative for Agencieshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/cutting-red-tape-could-prove-lucrative-agencies/89354/To incentivize efficiency, Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, wants to link budgets to improvements in operations.Charles S. ClarkTue, 22 Jul 2014 17:21:13 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/cutting-red-tape-could-prove-lucrative-agencies/89354/OversightKhakimullin Aleksandr/Shutterstock.com9/11 Commission Alumni Warn of Unfinished Business Combatting Terrorismhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/911-commission-alumni-warn-unfinished-business-combatting-terrorism/89333/10th-anniversary report cites threats from failed states, cyber vulnerability and congressional oversight bureaucracy.Charles S. ClarkTue, 22 Jul 2014 16:19:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/911-commission-alumni-warn-unfinished-business-combatting-terrorism/89333/DefenseOne World Trade Center, center, rises above the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center in New York.Mark Lennihan/APBudget Office Decentralizes Cost-Cutting Contest http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/budget-office-decentralizes-cost-cutting-contest/89297/Agencies will gather savings ideas themselves, rather than leaving it to OMB.Charles S. ClarkTue, 22 Jul 2014 13:48:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/budget-office-decentralizes-cost-cutting-contest/89297/Managementlarry1235/Shutterstock.comTab for IRS Probe Is Estimated at $18 Million So Farhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/tab-irs-probe-estimated-18-million-so-far/89228/Employees have logged 120,000 hours screening staff documents and emails.Charles S. ClarkMon, 21 Jul 2014 17:42:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/tab-irs-probe-estimated-18-million-so-far/89228/News - FedblogInternal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testified on Capitol Hill on June 23.J. Scott Applewhite/APAgency Returned $4.6 Billion to Wronged Consumershttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/agency-returned-46-billion-wronged-consumers/89219/Republican critics of the 3-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau say it hasn’t received enough oversight.Charles S. ClarkMon, 21 Jul 2014 17:12:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/agency-returned-46-billion-wronged-consumers/89219/ManagementFlickr user afagenThe Federal Government Is Shrinking—Literallyhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/federal-government-shrinkingliterally/89180/Agencies have reduced their footprint under a White House initiative to make government more efficient.Charles S. ClarkMon, 21 Jul 2014 12:54:48 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/federal-government-shrinkingliterally/89180/ManagementThe DHS Groundbreaking Ceremony at St. Elizabeths Campus, September 9, 2009GSAArchives Reminds IRS that Instant Messages Must be Retainedhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/07/archives-reminds-irs-instant-messages-must-be-retained/88519/House Republicans scold commissioner for late disclosure of Lerner documents.Charles S. ClarkFri, 11 Jul 2014 14:42:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/07/archives-reminds-irs-instant-messages-must-be-retained/88519/Tech Rena Schild/Shutterstock.comPentagon’s Plan for Civilian Workforce Falls Short, GAO Findshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/pentagons-plan-civilian-workforce-falls-short-gao-finds/88507/Notably, the Defense Department hasn’t figured out the right mix of civilian, military and contractor staff.Charles S. ClarkFri, 11 Jul 2014 14:01:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/pentagons-plan-civilian-workforce-falls-short-gao-finds/88507/DefenseFlickr user afagenHatch Act Violations Resolved at Postal Service, IRShttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/hatch-act-violations-resolved-postal-service-irs/88504/One employee ran for Congress, another chanted pro-Obama slogans to callers.Charles S. ClarkFri, 11 Jul 2014 13:16:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/hatch-act-violations-resolved-postal-service-irs/88504/OversightCarolyn Lerner, special counsel, U.S. Office of Special CounselCliff Owen/APObama Taps Anne Rung to be White House Procurement Chiefhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/obama-taps-anne-rung-be-white-house-procurement-chief/88453/Former GSA executive praised by her predecessor at OMB.Charles S. ClarkFri, 11 Jul 2014 09:32:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/obama-taps-anne-rung-be-white-house-procurement-chief/88453/ContractingUnited States Department of CommerceAre 'Pretty Buildings' Endangering Diplomats? http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/are-pretty-buildings-endangering-diplomats/88414/Oversight committee chairman says looks should not come at the expense of safety.Charles S. ClarkThu, 10 Jul 2014 16:30:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/are-pretty-buildings-endangering-diplomats/88414/DefenseHouse Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.Manuel Balce Ceneta/APPatent Office Exec Tried to Force Subordinates to Hire a Relative's Fiancéhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/patent-office-exec-tried-force-subordinates-hire-relatives-fiance/88372/Commerce watchdog says executive should have known of U.S. code prohibitions, recommends better training for hiring managers.Charles S. ClarkThu, 10 Jul 2014 13:51:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/patent-office-exec-tried-force-subordinates-hire-relatives-fiance/88372/Management The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is seen in Alexandria, Va.Alex Brandon/APAgencies’ $106 Billion in Improper Payments an Ongoing Briar Patchhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/agencies-106-billion-improper-payments-ongoing-briar-patch/88309/Pentagon, HHS and IRS cite progress on prevention, new bid to detect fraud.Charles S. ClarkWed, 09 Jul 2014 17:21:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/agencies-106-billion-improper-payments-ongoing-briar-patch/88309/ManagementRep. John Mica, R-Fla.J. Scott Applewhite/APBorder Crisis Creates Record Case Backlog at Immigration Courtshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/border-crisis-creates-record-case-backlog-immigration-courts/88264/Senate panel explores root causes of child migration but stresses deterrence.Charles S. ClarkWed, 09 Jul 2014 13:56:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/border-crisis-creates-record-case-backlog-immigration-courts/88264/OversightA Murrieta police sergeant talks to demonstrators as they confront each other, Friday, July 4, 2014, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif. Mark J. Terrill/APThe Man Behind the Anonymous Critiques of U.S. International Broadcastinghttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/man-behind-anonymous-critiques-us-international-broadcasting/88162/BBG Watch founder believes his website helps solve the agency’s management troubles.Charles S. ClarkTue, 08 Jul 2014 16:20:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/man-behind-anonymous-critiques-us-international-broadcasting/88162/ManagementTedLipien.comFive Agencies Stand to Gain from Obama Request for New Border Funds http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/five-agencies-stand-gain-obama-request-new-border-funds/88120/$3.7 billion supplemental called 'whole of government' response to influx of children.Charles S. Clark, National JournalTue, 08 Jul 2014 12:40:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/five-agencies-stand-gain-obama-request-new-border-funds/88120/OversightA CBP vehicle stands in Laredo, Texas, looking into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in September.United States Customs and Border ProtectionDHS Headquarters Consolidation At Risk of Getting Even More Behind Schedulehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/dhs-headquarters-consolidation-risk-getting-even-more-behind-schedule/88036/Lawmakers look to slash funding for the project; House appropriators would cut more than Senate.Charles S. ClarkMon, 07 Jul 2014 16:25:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/07/dhs-headquarters-consolidation-risk-getting-even-more-behind-schedule/88036/ManagementFlickr user E.L. MalvaneyAgencies Defend New Contract for Firm That Vetted Snowden and Navy Yard Shooterhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/agencies-defend-new-contract-firm-vetted-snowden-and-navy-yard-shooter/87910/USIS wins immigration services work.Charles S. ClarkThu, 03 Jul 2014 15:22:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/07/agencies-defend-new-contract-firm-vetted-snowden-and-navy-yard-shooter/87910/ContractingEdward Snowden's face is shown on an outdoor screen in Hong Kong in 2013.Vincent Yu/AP file photoCommerce, Prisons Bureau at High Risk for Losing Emailhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/07/commerce-prisons-bureau-high-risk-losing-email/87859/The National Archives scores agencies on compliance with records preservation laws.Charles S. ClarkThu, 03 Jul 2014 13:47:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/07/commerce-prisons-bureau-high-risk-losing-email/87859/TechThe Commerce Department is housed in DC's Herbert C. Hoover Building.Flickr user ncindc