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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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Trump's Rows of Unfilled Agency Jobs Could Bump Up Against Vacancies Act

June 23, 2017 New presidential administrations get a break under the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act: an extra 90 days to fill top agency jobs in addition to the 210-day maximum for which acting officials can fill in. But according to the latest tracker by The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public...

Homeland Security Awards Grants to Counter Domestic Extremism

June 23, 2017 Twenty-six law enforcement and community groups will receive the Trump administration Homeland Security Department’s first Countering Violent Extremism grants, the department announced on Friday. The program, enacted by Congress in December 2015 and planned on a strategic level by the Obama administration last November, funds community-led initiatives to “combat all...

Should DCAA Hand Certain Audits to Commercial Firms?

June 22, 2017 Deep inside the House Armed Services Committee’s acquisition reform bill (H.R. 2511) unveiled in May is a provision broadening language to give Pentagon managers greater authority to bypass the Defense Contract Audit Agency to tap private-sector expertise. Adjusting a provision in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act giving outside auditing...

Two Advocacy Groups Sue Trump Over Presidential Records

June 22, 2017 Two anti-secrecy nonprofits on Thursday filed suit against President Trump alleging that his administration’s centralization of decision making in the White House and the use of social media by him and his staff violate laws such as the 1978 Presidential Records Act. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court...

Justice’s Cancelled 'Smart on Crime' Plan Still Has Potential, Watchdog Says

June 21, 2017 In one of many cases of Washington’s bad timing, the Justice Department’s inspector general on Tuesday released an in-depth evaluation of the Obama administration’s plan to conserve penal resources by focusing prosecutions on the more serious crimes. But the “Smart on Crime” approach initiated in 2013 by then-Attorney General Eric...

IRS Shuts Down, Then Restores, Tax Preparer I.D. Registration

June 21, 2017 The Internal Revenue Service, after losing a court case earlier this month, shut down its registration site for tax professionals to obtain or update their Preparer Tax Identification Number. After 19 days, the site, which contained a note saying “currently unavailable due to system maintenance,” was back up on Wednesday...

OMB 'Out of Practice' on Competitive Sourcing, Adviser Says

June 20, 2017 Preliminary moves by the White House to ease the moratorium on reviewing federal jobs for outsourcing under the guidelines in Circular A-76 have drawn some skepticism within the Office of Management and Budget. Linda Springer, President Trump’s senior adviser on management issues who recently announced her June 30 retirement, told...

Is Momentum Building for Another Round of BRAC?

June 20, 2017 First it was Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz. Then came the drafters of President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget request. Now it’s an ideologically diverse roster of think tank defense specialists urging a long-reluctant Congress to grab some savings by reviving the dreaded Base Closure and Realignment Commission. On...

NSA Still Vulnerable to Insider Threats, Watchdog Found

June 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four years after National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked domestic surveillance data and weeks after the 2016 breach of NSA’s own hacking tools were traced to Russian sources, the agency was still behind in its strategy for securing its internet-based collections systems from insider threats, a watchdog found. In...

NSA Still Vulnerable to Insider Threats, Watchdog Found

June 19, 2017 Four years after National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked domestic surveillance data and weeks after the 2016 breach of NSA’s own hacking tools were traced to Russian sources, the agency was still behind in its strategy for securing its Internet-based collections systems from insider threats, a watchdog found. In...