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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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Two Giants of Federal Workforce

October 18, 2012 It’s not often that the obituary page of The New York Times leads with accounts of the lives of two under-sung heroes of the federal workforce. On Wednesday, the paper reported the death of John Hoffman, “a force in energy efficiency” who in the 1980s helped shape an international treaty ...

Making data-based decisions part of agency culture

October 17, 2012 Federal leaders at all levels must continually push the use of data analytics to improve agency decision making and build them into organizational culture, a panel of officials said on Wednesday at an event marking release of a new report. The report -- the second in a series authored by ...

Would-Be Senator Reveals Agency Hit List

October 17, 2012 Texas Republican senatorial candidate Ted Cruz has pledged that if he's elected, he'll come to Washington in January gunning for a few departments and agencies. It’s not clear the extent to which the conservative attorney’s bureaucracy-cutting plans are the reasons for his consistent double-digit lead in the polls over Democratic ...

Pentagon not properly monitoring sole-source contracts, audit finds

October 16, 2012 The Defense Department is inadequately following guidance on single-bid contracts and failing to encourage the type of competition that saves taxpayer dollars, the inspector general’s office found in a recent audit. In a review of 107 contracts valued at nearly $1.4 billion, along with another half-billion dollars’ worth of contract ...

IRS and SEC detect fraud patterns in heaps of data

October 16, 2012 Advanced analytics is transforming the ability of at least two agencies that handle confidential financial information to ferret out fraud and save the government money, according to a panel of federal and private-sector specialists. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service are embracing new data mining tools ...

SEC faulted on record-keeping performance

October 15, 2012 The Securities and Exchange Commission lacks clear policies and proper training in records management, according to a recent audit. Jon Rymer, the interim SEC inspector general, surveyed and interviewed employees to determine whether the agency’s Office of Records Management Services had thoroughly complied with President Obama’s November 2011 memorandum on ...

A Spiffy New Foreign Service Journal

October 12, 2012 A crowd of some 100 active and retired diplomats gathered on Thursday in the elegant Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room on the State Department’s eighth floor to celebrate the new look of the 88-year-old Foreign Service Journal. Organized by the American Foreign Service Association, the event included a relayed message ...

GSA strives to become the 'civilian DARPA'

October 12, 2012 As the General Services Administration moves beyond last spring’s scandal over lavish spending at a Las Vegas training conference, it is pursuing innovation in ways that could make it a “civilian [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency],” acting chief Dan Tangherlini said Thursday. “A huge amount of innovation comes from the ...

Feds are underpaid, former Obama economic adviser says

October 12, 2012 An underpaid federal workforce is one of many short-sighted legacies the nation risks passing to the next generation if it fails to spur the economy through long-term investments in infrastructure, economist Larry Summers said Thursday. “If the federal work force is underpaid, that will compromise our children as well,” the ...

Homeland Security IG disputes charge of wasteful spending

October 11, 2012 A transparency advocacy group’s report charging nine federal offices with wasteful spending on commemorative items mischaracterized $700,000 spent by the Homeland Security Department inspector general’s office, the IG said in a statement released Thursday. Cause of Action, a nonprofit watch group, recently published results of a study based on Freedom ...