Government Executive - Authors - Charles S. Clarkhttp://www.govexec.com/voices/charles-s-clark/2332/Charlie 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, 21 Nov 2014 16:52:54 -0500Writing the Book on Moneyball Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/writing-book-moneyball-government/99728/A bipartisan group makes the case for evidence-based decision-making.Charles S. ClarkFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:52:54 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/writing-book-moneyball-government/99728/News - FedblogPressure Builds for Crackdown on Paying Employees Not to Workhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/11/pressure-builds-crackdown-paying-employees-not-work/99674/EPA spent more than $1 million on administrative leave for just eight employees, watchdog finds.Charles S. ClarkFri, 21 Nov 2014 13:18:10 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/11/pressure-builds-crackdown-paying-employees-not-work/99674/Pay & BenefitsSen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is preparing legislation to change administrative leave policies. Flickr user Gage SkidmoreGSA Buildings Chief a 'Convert' to Open-Office Setupshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/gsa-buildings-chief-convert-open-office-setups/99548/Concept not only saves money, but makes a "dramatic difference" in employee interactions, Dong says.Charles S. ClarkThu, 20 Nov 2014 15:02:34 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/gsa-buildings-chief-convert-open-office-setups/99548/Managementluchunyu / Shutterstock.comOMB to Alter Guidance for Reducing Improper Paymentshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/opm-to-alter-guidance-for-reducing-improper-payments/99467/Deputy controller asks IGs, program managers to reinforce that "it's not sexy" to steal from government.Charles S. ClarkWed, 19 Nov 2014 14:34:59 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/opm-to-alter-guidance-for-reducing-improper-payments/99467/Managementcosma / Shutterstock.comPatent Office Telework Abuses Raise Fear of Wider Crackdown http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/patent-office-telework-abuses-raise-fear-wider-crackdown/99386/House hearing split on whether time-card cheating has been curbed.Charles S. ClarkTue, 18 Nov 2014 17:42:45 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/patent-office-telework-abuses-raise-fear-wider-crackdown/99386/OversightRep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., said other telework programs across government could be in jeopardy. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP file photoRefighting Solyndra, Issa Rejects Energy’s Claim of Loan Fund Profitshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/refighting-solyndra-issa-rejects-energys-claim-loan-fund-profits/99323/Agency says portfolio is on track to earn $5 billion for taxpayers.Charles S. ClarkTue, 18 Nov 2014 12:40:58 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/refighting-solyndra-issa-rejects-energys-claim-loan-fund-profits/99323/ManagementSolyndra received a one half billion dollar loan guarantee from the government before filing for bankruptcy in Sept. 2011.Paul Sakuma/Associated PressWeak Oversight, Poor Coordination Plague DHS Operationshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/weak-oversight-poor-coordination-plague-dhs-operations/99260/Watchdog praises progress in clean books, grants management.Charles S. ClarkMon, 17 Nov 2014 17:08:15 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/weak-oversight-poor-coordination-plague-dhs-operations/99260/ManagementHomeland Security Department file photoHow Three Agencies Weathered the 2013 Shutdownhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/how-three-agencies-weathered-2013-shutdown/99119/GAO documents disruption at HHS, Energy and Transportation.Charles S. ClarkFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:18:51 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/how-three-agencies-weathered-2013-shutdown/99119/Management Philip Bird LRPS CPAGB/Shutterstock.comWatchdog: Budget Cuts, Lack of Centralized Authority Hurting Program Evaluation http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/watchdog-budget-cuts-lack-centralized-authority-hurting-program-evaluation/99080/Tighter budgets threaten attendance at professional conferences.Charles S. ClarkFri, 14 Nov 2014 12:24:46 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/watchdog-budget-cuts-lack-centralized-authority-hurting-program-evaluation/99080/Managementlarry1235 / Shutterstock.comPresident’s Data Boosters Push Management Agendahttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/presidents-data-boosters-push-management-agenda/98996/OMB and GSA officials seek a legacy of evidence-based performance.Charles S. ClarkThu, 13 Nov 2014 16:15:50 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/presidents-data-boosters-push-management-agenda/98996/Managementwrangler / Shutterstock.comCongress, White House Unite to Kill Useless Reportshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/congress-white-house-unite-kill-useless-reports/98954/Lawmakers of all stripes laud passage of bill striking 53 "unnecessary" agency products.Charles S. ClarkThu, 13 Nov 2014 12:14:53 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/congress-white-house-unite-kill-useless-reports/98954/ManagementPlus69 / Shutterstock.comOne Way Officials Can Dodge a Questionhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/one-way-officials-can-dodge-question/98909/Activist who tried to pose questions to retired Gen. David Petraeus at an event went to jail instead.Charles S. ClarkThu, 13 Nov 2014 08:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/one-way-officials-can-dodge-question/98909/News - FedblogRetired Gen. David Petraeus, giving remarks to CIA employees in 2011.CIA file photoSmall Businesses Might Not be Getting a Say in Rules That Affect Them http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/small-businesses-might-not-be-getting-say-rules-affect-them/98852/Study by nonprofit suggests big-business interests are co-opting OSHA, EPA, CFPB review panels.Charles S. ClarkWed, 12 Nov 2014 15:02:25 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/small-businesses-might-not-be-getting-say-rules-affect-them/98852/ManagementZerbor / Shutterstock.comSBA Takes Flak Over Revising Company Size Standardshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/sba-takes-flak-over-revising-company-size-standards/98795/Committee chairman calls proposed rule a “capricious” threat to IT industry.Charles S. ClarkWed, 12 Nov 2014 10:09:23 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/sba-takes-flak-over-revising-company-size-standards/98795/OversightRep. Sam Graves says SBA's proposed rule could prompt litigation.United States House Republican ConferenceSeven Ex-Census Chiefs Warn Against Budget Cutshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/seven-ex-census-chiefs-warn-against-budget-cuts/98738/Bureau is running out of time for designing, planning and selecting technology for the 2020 count.Charles S. ClarkTue, 11 Nov 2014 12:39:11 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/seven-ex-census-chiefs-warn-against-budget-cuts/98738/Management2010 census forms were mailed to more than 120 million households.U.S. Census Bureau file photo Pentagon Told to Improve Management of Cost-Plus Contractshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/pentagon-told-improve-management-cost-plus-contracts/98675/FAR rules not followed on 411 projects valued at $31.7 billion.Charles S. ClarkMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:10:38 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/pentagon-told-improve-management-cost-plus-contracts/98675/ContractingDefense Department file photoSen. Johnson Speaks on Aligning Public-Private Sector Pay, Keeping Hearings Polite http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/sen-johnson-speaks-aligning-federal-private-sector-pay-keeping-hearings-polite/98630/Likely Homeland Security panel priorities also include securing border, cyber safety, regulatory rollback.Charles S. ClarkMon, 10 Nov 2014 13:58:52 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/sen-johnson-speaks-aligning-federal-private-sector-pay-keeping-hearings-polite/98630/OversightSen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is the presumptive incoming chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel. Flickr user Gage SkidmoreHomeland Security Fusion Center Grant Money Not Always Tracked, GAO Findshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/homeland-security-fusion-center-grant-money-not-always-tracked-gao-finds/98504/Multi-agency participation in spending complicates results reporting.Charles S. ClarkFri, 07 Nov 2014 16:58:42 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/homeland-security-fusion-center-grant-money-not-always-tracked-gao-finds/98504/ManagementKenishirotie / Shutterstock.comContractors Should Expect Good Things from a GOP Congresshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/contractors-should-expect-good-things-gop-congress/98498/A new leader could repair ‘damage’ done by current House oversight chairman Darrell Issa, analyst says.Charles S. ClarkFri, 07 Nov 2014 16:26:05 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/contractors-should-expect-good-things-gop-congress/98498/ContractingVlad G/Shutterstock.comJustice Dept. Immigration Officials Faulted for Nepotismhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/justice-dept-immigration-officials-faulted-nepotism/98408/Watchdog says practice of hiring relatives was “widespread.”Charles S. ClarkThu, 06 Nov 2014 17:05:49 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/justice-dept-immigration-officials-faulted-nepotism/98408/ManagementIsmagilov / Shutterstock.comAir Force Ethics Officials Abused Frequent Flyer Upgradeshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/air-force-ethics-officials-abused-frequent-flyer-upgrades/98384/Watchdog substantiates charge that two former senior lawyers violated gift regulations.Charles S. ClarkThu, 06 Nov 2014 16:37:50 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/air-force-ethics-officials-abused-frequent-flyer-upgrades/98384/Oversightmuratart/Shutterstock.comGSA Credits Recovery Act for Energy-Efficient Buildingshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/gsa-credits-recovery-act-energy-efficient-buildings/98351/Fifty-nine federal facilities averaged a 5.5 percent drop in energy use last winter, one of the harshest in years.Charles S. ClarkThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:42:05 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/gsa-credits-recovery-act-energy-efficient-buildings/98351/ManagementThe Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of hundreds of federal buildings that received funding under the 2009 Recovery Act.GSA file photoIs a More Powerful Consumer Bureau Watchdog Worth the Price?http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/more-powerful-consumer-bureau-watchdog-worth-price/98267/CBO estimates bill for independent IG would add to deficits.Charles S. ClarkWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:06:21 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/more-powerful-consumer-bureau-watchdog-worth-price/98267/Managementfotolistic / Shutterstock.comPentagon’s Buying Managers Resist IG’s Call for Central Oversight Office http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/pentagons-buying-managers-resist-igs-call-central-oversight-office/98249/Watchdog recommends the new office as a way to reduce delays and cost overruns.Charles S. ClarkWed, 05 Nov 2014 14:22:08 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/pentagons-buying-managers-resist-igs-call-central-oversight-office/98249/ContractingDefense Department file photoJohn Lennon and GAO’s High Risk Listhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/john-lennon-and-gaos-high-risk-list/98138/A top federal auditor channels an ode to world peace.Charles S. ClarkTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:09:29 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/11/john-lennon-and-gaos-high-risk-list/98138/News - FedblogStrawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park, New York City. Wikimedia Commons