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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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Writing the Book on Moneyball Government

November 21, 2014 From the moment the movie version of Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball opened three years ago, folks have pushed to adapt its themes of data-driven decision-making to the federal space. Now these ideas have been collected in a new book written by a conspicuously bipartisan roster of Washington insiders. Titled Moneyball ...

Pressure Builds for Crackdown on Paying Employees Not to Work

November 21, 2014 As lawmakers intensify their focus on the cost of the government’s administrative leave policies, the Environmental Protection Agency’s watchdog released a report Thursday detailing eight employees whose paid absence for four months or longer cost the agency more than $1 million. Building on an October Government Accountability Office report that ...

GSA Buildings Chief a 'Convert' to Open-Office Setups

November 20, 2014 After eight months at the General Services Administration as public buildings commissioner, Norman Dong now admits to trepidation he initially felt at the prospect of losing the private office he enjoyed when he was acting controller at the Office of Management and Budget. But in an interview with reporters Thursday, ...

OMB to Alter Guidance for Reducing Improper Payments

November 19, 2014 Inspectors general are the “best friends” of program managers and the White House budget office when it comes to catching fraud and reducing agency improper payments, the deputy U.S. controller said on Wednesday. Mark Reger, now in his third month as the No. 2 at the Office of Federal Financial ...

Patent Office Telework Abuses Raise Fear of Wider Crackdown

November 18, 2014 A House hearing Tuesday examining time-and-attendance abuses at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office highlighted ongoing disagreement about the scope of the problem and the implications for telework governmentwide. Agency witnesses insisted they had gotten a handle on widely reported issues, including misrepresentation of hours and rushed work by patent ...

Refighting Solyndra, Issa Rejects Energy’s Claim of Loan Fund Profits

November 18, 2014 The failed California solar panel maker Solyndra re-entered the news in recent days when the Energy Department touted the overall health of its innovation loan portfolio, drawing a rebuttal from the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “In the five years since it issued its first conditional ...

Weak Oversight, Poor Coordination Plague DHS Operations

November 17, 2014 With its $60 billion budget, some 250,000 employees and 250,000 contractors, the Homeland Security Department needs to operate more like a unified organization with a complex mission than a collection of fiefdoms, a watchdog found. John Roth, the DHS inspector general, highlighted nine areas of concern in his annual report ...

How Three Agencies Weathered the 2013 Shutdown

November 14, 2014 In the same week that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed to avoid future government shutdowns, the Governmental Accountability Office weighed in on Friday with new documentation on the disruption visited upon three agencies during the October 2013 16-day closure. Cessation of patient registration for clinical trials, delays in ...

Watchdog: Budget Cuts, Lack of Centralized Authority Hurting Program Evaluation

November 14, 2014 Agency efforts to incorporate more evidence in program evaluation are uneven, in part because many lack a central authority and in part because budget cuts have crimped attendance at relevant professional conferences, a congressional watchdog found. In a survey of performance improvement officers implementing evidence-based program decision making to comply ...

President’s Data Boosters Push Management Agenda

November 13, 2014 Strategic sourcing and the embedding of data-driven decisions within agencies are proceeding apace under President Obama’s management agenda, the effort’s impresarios said on Thursday. As the host agency for the gathering of program benchmarking data, the General Services Administration is working to make the multi-agency “enterprise a single powerful entity” ...