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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent 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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FOIA Reform Draws Backing from Ex-Archives Ombudsman

February 27, 2015 A bipartisan bill to codify a “presumption of openness” in the Freedom of Information Act process on Friday earned the blessing of a key former official at the National Archives and Records Administration. Miriam Nisbet, founding and former director of the Office of Government Information Services, which was established in ...

How a Treasury Watchdog Found Long-Lost Lois Lerner Emails in Just Two Weeks

February 27, 2015 An inspector general’s staff took just two weeks to find emails that the Internal Revenue Commissioner had called unrecoverable, a House oversight panel was told at an unusual Thursday evening hearing. But the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration was also put on notice of a new complaint of his ...

Pentagon Acquisition Bosses Ho-Hum on Multiple Reviews for Passing Milestones

February 26, 2015 Defense Department major weapons buyers could streamline the acquisition process by eliminating some reviews in the years-long phase for passing each procurement milestone, the Government Accountability Office found. “The process in some instances can include up to 56 organizations at eight levels and accounts for about half of the time ...

Senators Launch Whistleblower Protection Caucus to Send Message

February 26, 2015 Touting a rare display of bipartisanship, two senators on Wednesday announced the launch of a Whistleblower Protection Caucus, which has attracted 10 members seeking to “send a message from the very top of the bureaucracy on down that whistleblowers deserve praise, not hostility.” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the ...

DHS Office Reminds Employees Counseling Is Available If There’s a Shutdown

February 26, 2015 As the congressional drama continues over the looming partial shutdown at the Homeland Security Department, contingency preparations are affecting multiple players. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said officials have started informally notifying employees who would face furloughs, and on Wednesday, DHS Chief Information Officer Luke McCormack reminded his staff that counseling ...

Senator Demands Disclosure of Inspectors General Salaries

February 25, 2015 File this one under the rubric that salary information wants to be free. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Tuesday assigned the leader of the inspectors general council with delivering salary information on his counterparts, warning that some are earning twice what others earn for performing less work and possibly going ...

How the Congressional Budget Office Won Over Lawmakers

February 25, 2015 Alice Rivlin joked that she owed her 1975 appointment as the first director of the Congressional Budget Office to a Washington stripper. “I was the Senate candidate, and the House had another,” Rivlin said on Tuesday at a panel discussion that assembled all seven former CBO directors to mark the ...

Now SIGAR Wants To Know How Big Afghanistan's Security Force Will Become

February 24, 2015 The top watchdog for U.S. efforts to stabilize Afghanistan is seeking details on the prospective size of Afghan security forces, at a time when the Obama administration is reportedly considering slowing the removal of U.S. troops from that war-torn country. Newly sworn in Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited Afghanistan ...

Environmentalists Protest Forest Service Job Cuts

February 24, 2015 A Forest Service plan to eliminate 133 jobs in law enforcement on federal property prompted an outcry from the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an alliance of federal, local and state scientists, law enforcement officers and land managers. The 16 percent force reduction, the group warned on Tuesday, coming ...

Watchdog Launches Review on Future Size of Afghan Forces

February 24, 2015 The top watchdog for U.S. efforts to stabilize Afghanistan is seeking details on the prospective size of Afghan security forces, at a time when the Obama administration is reportedly considering slowing the removal of U.S. troops from that war-torn country. Newly sworn in Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited Afghanistan ...