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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Learning From Government’s Best (and Worst) Workplaces

April 28, 2016 The hearing previously titled “Worst Places to Work in Government” was modified to include the “Best and Worst” at the request of a key senator. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., shared that insight Wednesday as he greeted agency witnesses brought in to discuss best practices in improving employee engagement. Human capital...

Homeland Security Told to Beef Up Safeguards Against Improper Payments

April 27, 2016 The Homeland Security Department could do better in preventing its share of the estimated $125 billion in improper payments by federal agencies in fiscal 2010, a watchdog found. In allowing some $210 million of unwarranted funds out the door in 2011, the department missed opportunities to conduct recovery audits in...

Digital Swat Team Director: Don't Expect Us to Change Your Life Overnight

April 26, 2016 The federal government’s digital swat team known as 18F is a “change management office,” its executive director and co-founder said Monday. “The government’s biggest digital service problems are not rocket science problems but culture problems,” the product of “deep waves over time” like the Grand Canyon, Aaron Snow told an...

Special Counsel Nominee Clears Senate Panel Amid Concerns About Her Eligibility to Serve Another Term

April 25, 2016 Using a hastily assembled 10-Senator quorum in the President’s Room off the floor of the Senate, a key Senate panel Monday night approved the nomination of Carolyn Lerner for a second five-year term leading the Office of Special Counsel. The unanimous voice vote for a bloc that included six unrelated...

Justice Department Nails Fraudsters Who Exploited IRS Data Breach

April 25, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service, embarrassed last year when hackers breached its website’s “Get My Transcript” tool for taxpayers, has now helped law enforcement obtain convictions of fraudsters who exploited the tool to collect unmerited tax refunds. On Friday, the Justice Department announced that an Austell, Ga., husband and wife, Anthony...

FOIA Reform Appears Close, But Not a Done Deal

April 22, 2016 Bipartisan bills aimed at strengthening the openness requirements of the Freedom of Information Act are heading into House-Senate negotiations, but not without exposing some long-standing trepidation inside the Obama administration. Though White House spokesman Josh Earnest has said the president would sign the Senate version of the bill passed last...

How the Top Spy Escaped Jury Duty

April 22, 2016 Jury duty, though mandatory and democratic, can disrupt many citizens’ important work. On Thursday evening, the point was made by James Clapper, director of the Office of National Intelligence, who was keynote speaker at the Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards banquet put on by the Senior Executives Association. Six months ago,...

GSA Asks Congress for Money to Upgrade Federal Courthouses

April 22, 2016 The General Services Administration this week announced a $947 million plan to build or repair eight federal courthouse projects that judiciary officials have long awaited. The government’s landlord on April 18 sent congressional appropriations and authorizing committees the proposal, which includes only one project for which funding has already been...

House Passes Six IRS Reform Bills as Agency Releases Filing Season Stats

April 21, 2016 The House on Thursday approved a package of bills aimed at cracking down on management lapses at the Internal Revenue Service, setting the stage for conflict with the Obama administration, which opposes most of the legislation. Also on Thursday, the tax agency released final numbers on the 2016 filing season....

Obama Wants This Presidential Transition to Be as Good as 2008’s – Or Better

April 21, 2016 A top White House aide on Wednesday held the first official meeting with representatives of the 2016 presidential candidates to begin the delicate planning of the coming transition, The New York Times reported late Wednesday. White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Anita Decker Breckenridge, on the eve of...

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