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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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Why Is This Commerce Department Agency Charging Other Agencies for Free Reports?

July 24, 2014 The 64-year-old National Technical Information Service has come under fire from senators and a congressional watchdog for charging other agencies for old reports that in many cases are available elsewhere for free. The little-known Commerce Department unit is a repository of current and decades-old scientific, technological, engineering and business research ...

Procurement Chief Nominee Stresses Acquisition Training, Contractor Price Data

July 24, 2014 President Obama’s choice to administer the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy would seek to enhance the expertise of the government’s in-house acquisition workforce while gathering better interagency data on past prices paid for products and contractor services. Anne Rung, a current budget office adviser who was chief acquisition ...

HHS Makes Personnel Moves to Better Manage Obamacare

July 23, 2014 Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Wednesday announced the appointment of WalMart Senior Vice President Leslie Dach to be her senior counselor and help manage the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. “Leslie’s experience, which spans the business, government and civil society sectors, will further ...

IRS Chief Clashes With Republicans on Email Delivery, Role of IG

July 23, 2014 In his third appearance before a House oversight panel this summer, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday pushed back at Republican lawmakers’ accusations that he has slow-walked the production of requested documents in the year-old probe into the tax agency’s mishandling of applications from conservative nonprofits. He and Democrats ...

High Turnover Hinders Progress on Agency 'Priority' Goals

July 23, 2014 The officials designated as point persons for achieving progress toward agency priority goals identified by the White House are hindered by heavy turnover, spotty information sharing and flawed performance plans, a watchdog found. Government Accountability Office interviews with goal leaders responsible for the White House-identified Agency Priority Goals found progress ...

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 ...