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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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Speed Up Efforts to Standardize Spending Data, Watchdog Tells Agencies

July 31, 2015 The White House-led effort to standardize agency data under the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act shows progress but should be accelerated to circulate standards that would make spending data more consistent, a congressional watchdog said. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro told a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on July...

One Year After Scathing Report of Abuses, Patent Office Telecommuters Win Review Panel's Blessing

July 31, 2015 The telecommuting program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office received close to a clean bill of health from an outside panel appointed last year to examine reports that some of the agency’s 8,500 patent examiners had filed inaccurate time and attendance reports. The nonprofit National Academy of Public Administration...

Senate Passes Bill to Smooth Presidential Transitions

July 31, 2015 Regardless of who next wins the White House, both parties have an interest in assuring a smooth and well planned transfer of power, as demonstrated in the Senate’s unanimous vote on Thursday to pass the Ted Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act. Named for a previous Democratic senator...

The Original NSA Whistleblower Is Still Rebuilding His Life

July 30, 2015 To mark National Whistleblower Protection Day, ex-National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake on Thursday took time off from his job at an Apple retail store to tell an audience on Capitol Hill that “I’m still trying to rebuild my life.” Drake’s hallmark case involved the Justice Department’s unique prosecution of...

Senate Tries to Stop Agencies from Paying Dead People

July 30, 2015 The government’s ongoing effort to halt improper benefits payments to the deceased moved a step forward on Wednesday when legislation to require tightened double-checks and interagency access cleared the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act, S 1073, sponsored by Chairman Ron...

NSA Whistleblower Describes Ongoing Anguish

July 30, 2015 To mark National Whistleblower Protection Day, ex-National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake on Thursday took time off from his job at an Apple retail store to tell an audience on Capitol Hill that “I’m still trying to rebuild my life.” Drake’s hallmark case involved the Justice Department’s unique prosecution of...

Senate Panel Clears Two for Troubled Chemical Safety Board

July 30, 2015 A Senate panel on Wednesday approved two nominees, including a chairman, for the troubled Chemical Safety Board, whose five-member complement has been operating with just two. The Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved Vanessa Sutherland, President Obama’s nomination as chairman, and board member designee Kristen Kulinowski. "Both Chemical Safety...

Senate Panel Easily Approves Nominee to Head GSA

July 29, 2015 This story has been updated. President Obama’s nominee to lead the General Services Administration drew a step closer to confirmation on Wednesday with a unanimous vote of approval from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Committee. Denise Turner Roth, who has been acting chief since the February departure of...

State Department Plan for Training Center Draws Senatorial Flak

July 28, 2015 A White House-approved State Department plan to build a new diplomatic security training center in central Virginia has run into a budgetary buzz saw, one wielded by lawmakers who see it as too expensive compared with a competing proposal to use existing Homeland Security Department facilities. During a Tuesday hearing...

Bipartisan Evidence-Based Policy Bill Passes House

July 28, 2015 The House on Monday approved a bipartisan plan for a commission to expand use of agency data to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and tax expenditures. The Evidence-Based Policy Commission Act, introduced in April by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would establish a 15-member commission of...