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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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Consumer Bureau Comes Under Fresh Attack

February 14, 2014 Thirty months after it opened its doors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is still fending off efforts to weaken its powers, or declare it unconstitutional. Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case dissecting the Senate’s recess appointments power, which, if the Obama administration loses, could jeopardize...

No Sequester Cuts Are Needed in 2014, OMB Says

February 14, 2014 Congress’s last-minute adjustments to the fiscal 2014 spending levels in January will mean sequestration will not be a major factor for defense or non-defense agencies this year, the Office of Management and Budget has confirmed. In a mandatory final sequestration report for fiscal year 2014 dated Feb. 7, Budget Director...

OMB Cites Progress On Agency Performance Goals

February 13, 2014 Agencies are making significant progress meeting established priority goals for achieving savings and efficiency, the Office of Management and Budget reported Thursday. Even when efforts fell short, officials told reporters, the use of data to inform communication among management and staff still improved agency effectiveness from previous years. “Most of...

Union Wants to Change the Conversation On Federal Employees

February 13, 2014 Television and radio audiences across the country will soon encounter an array of 30- and 60-second public service spots designed to “change the conversation about federal workers,” the goal of a $40,000 one-year campaign launched on Wednesday by the National Treasury Employees Union. Last October’s 16-day government shutdown “gave Americans...

Lawmakers Clash With Senior Execs Over Power to Fire at Veterans Affairs

February 12, 2014 The Veterans Affairs secretary would have more authority to fire or demote poor-performing career executives under legislation introduced Tuesday in both chambers, prompting a rebuke from the Senior Executives Association. “This legislation would give VA leaders a tool to address a problem that continues to get worse by the day,”...

House Panel Faults Local Police Departments, Contractor in Navy Yard Shooting

February 11, 2014 Six months after a government contractor shot and killed 12 employees at the Washington Navy Yard, a House panel found that hundreds of police departments across the country have been neglecting federal requirements that they provide criminal histories to security clearance investigators. A pair of reports on the security clearance...

Pentagon Going Full-Speed Ahead to Improve Ethics

February 10, 2014 The two top Defense officials have made ethics reform a “No. 1 priority” across military services, lines and commands. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Friday that he would soon appoint a new Pentagon senior ethics officer to report directly to him because “an uncompromising culture of accountability must exist at...

SEC Chief Given Waiver on Work for Former Client

February 10, 2014 An agency ethics office has given the chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission the go-ahead to end her recusal from cases involving a major bank that was among her prior clients at a Wall Street law firm. Mary Jo White received word in a Feb. 6 letter that waiving...

Two Democrats File Complaint Against Watchdog for Handling of IRS Probe

February 7, 2014 In another sign the flap over alleged political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service will not fade soon, two House Democrats have sent a 22-page complaint to the inspectors general council charging bias by the Treasury Department’s top auditor for tax issues. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va.,...

Watchdog: Uncle Sam Has Trouble Keeping Track of His Property

February 7, 2014 From roads to water towers to particle accelerators, the 480,000 government-owned structures nationwide are not being inventoried as carefully as its buildings, an audit found. As a result, agencies using differing criteria to report the structures they own may be missing opportunities to save money, the Government Accountability Office said...