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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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Cutting Red Tape Could Prove Lucrative for Agencies

July 22, 2014 With agencies engaged in the multi-year process of creating performance-based government, two House members have introduced a bill to import “continuous improvement” practices found in state government and private business and adopt them in Washington. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, on July 16 unveiled the Lean and Responsive Government Act to ...

9/11 Commission Alumni Warn of Unfinished Business Combatting Terrorism

July 22, 2014 The struggle against terrorism “has entered a new and dangerous phase,” former members of the 9/11 Commission said in report released Tuesday on the 10th anniversary of the panel’s original prescription for bolstering the government’s anti-terrorism policies. “A decade later, we are struck by how dramatically the world has changed,” ...

Budget Office Decentralizes Cost-Cutting Contest

July 22, 2014 Agencies will now be in charge of collecting practical cost-savings ideas from their employees for the annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award, rather than channeling all proposals through the Office of Management and Budget. Acting budget director Brian Deese announced the change in a July 18 memo to ...

Tab for IRS Probe Is Estimated at $18 Million So Far

July 21, 2014 Without fanfare, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen at a House hearing this month let it drop that the estimated cost of IRS compliance with the document demands of multiple congressional committees has reached a new high: $18 million. That figure—up from $7.9 million in February 2013—includes $10 million for 250 ...

Agency Returned $4.6 Billion to Wronged Consumers

July 21, 2014 Marking its third anniversary on Monday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- still the newest federal agency -- trumpeted its record in standing up for the economic interests of ordinary Americans. Its accomplishments range from $4.6 billion in restitution to wronged consumers, new rules aimed at reinforcing recovery from the ...

The Federal Government Is Shrinking—Literally

July 21, 2014 The federal government is shrinking—by 10.2 million square feet, to be precise. That’s how much agency office and warehouse space was cut in 2013 under President Obama’s management initiative know as “Freezing the Federal Footprint,” according to the White House. Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of ...

Archives Reminds IRS that Instant Messages Must be Retained

July 11, 2014 The emergence this week of a failure of the Internal Revenue Service to back up communications sent by employees on its internal instant message program has added new pressure on the tax agency to revamp its information technology procedures. At a Wednesday hearing on improper payments, Commissioner John Koskinen was ...

Pentagon’s Plan for Civilian Workforce Falls Short, GAO Finds

July 11, 2014 The Defense Department’s five-year strategic workforce plan fails to address five of 32 reporting requirements, largely in financial management, the Government Accountability Office reported. Notably, Defense “has not yet addressed the requirement to assess the appropriate mix of civilian, military, and contractor capabilities in its plan,” auditors found in a ...

Hatch Act Violations Resolved at Postal Service, IRS

July 11, 2014 The Office of Special Counsel won disciplinary actions at the U.S. Postal Service and the Internal Revenue Service, the governmentwide office announced Thursday. In May, the Merit Systems Protection Board agreed with Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner’s office request that a postal employee be terminated because the employee twice ran as ...

Obama Taps Anne Rung to be White House Procurement Chief

July 11, 2014 In a move rumored for months, President Obama on Thursday named Anne Rung, currently a senior adviser in the Office of Management and Budget, to be administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The office that coordinates regulation and help for contractors has been filled on an acting basis ...