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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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Good, Bad and Familiar News at the Chemical Safety Board

September 26, 2016 The small, independent Chemical Safety Board received good news last week with the release of results of the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The poll showed that staff working under the five-member board (one seat is vacant) chaired by Vanessa Allen Sutherland raised its employee engagement score 14 points to...

Defense Whistleblower Vindicated for Reporting Privacy Violation

September 26, 2016 A public affairs officer at the Defense Information School was right in claiming a reprisal from a supervisor who lowered the officer’s performance rating following a complaint about a privacy violation involving a telecommuting plan, a watchdog found. Because telework agreements contain such personally identifiable information as home addresses, the...

OMB Will Revamp Payment Accuracy Website

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bowing to criticism of its data quality, the Office of Management and Budget will revamp the website paymentaccuracy.gov to improve agency reporting on efforts to curb improper payments, according to Controller David Mader. The site, set up in 2010 in compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, assembles...

OMB Will Revamp Payment Accuracy Website

September 23, 2016 Bowing to criticism of its data quality, the Office of Management and Budget will revamp the website paymentaccuracy.gov to improve agency reporting on efforts to curb improper payments, according to Controller David Mader. The site, set up in 2010 in compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, assembles...

House Clears Bill to Strengthen Program Management

September 23, 2016 A Senate-passed bill to bring private-sector performance standards to federal program management cleared the House on Thursday by voice vote. The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (S. 1550), introduced by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and shepherded through the House by Oversight and Government Reform Committee...

Justice Department Grantee Faulted for Sole-Source Youth Mentoring Contracts

September 23, 2016 In allocating more than $200 million in grant money aimed at mentoring Indian tribal youth, Justice Department grantees over five years relied too much on sole-source contracts and provided lax enforcement of rules against contractor lobbying and conflicts of interest, a watchdog found. The department’s Office of Justice Programs, as...

Lawmakers Want More Than 'Half-Hearted' Response to Travel Card Use at Casinos, Strip Clubs

September 22, 2016 A bipartisan group of six House members has written to Defense Secretary Ash Carter demanding more than a “half-hearted” response from the Pentagon’s financial systems managers following a recent watchdog report showing continued use of government travel cards at casinos and strip clubs. The Defense Department inspector general’s review of...

Watchdog Finds Weaknesses in Program to Combat Corruption in Afghanistan

September 22, 2016 A key program intended to curb official corruption in Afghanistan suffered from a lack of independence and enforcement powers, a watchdog found, the result being that many local power brokers failed to declare all of their financial assets. The Afghan government’s High Office of Oversight, set up in 2008 by...

Inspectors General Want Expanded Powers, Survey Finds

September 21, 2016 The federal government’s roster of inspectors general view themselves as rendering a valuable service in orienting newcomers in the next administration to potential risks and informing them about management tools, according to a survey released Tuesday. Most also favor passage of a Senate-cleared bill to expand their authority to obtain...

IRS Chief Apologizes at Hearing, But Calls Talk of Impeachment Unwarranted

September 21, 2016 At a House hearing packed with presidential campaign references, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday stood his ground against Republicans pursuing his impeachment. He expressed regret, however, that he hadn’t more carefully worded some past testimony on the so-called IRS targeting controversy and reported problems to lawmakers more promptly....

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