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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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Patent Office Telework Abuses Raise Fear of Wider Crackdown

November 18, 2014 A House hearing Tuesday examining time-and-attendance abuses at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office highlighted ongoing disagreement about the scope of the problem and the implications for telework governmentwide. Agency witnesses insisted they had gotten a handle on widely reported issues, including misrepresentation of hours and rushed work by patent...

Refighting Solyndra, Issa Rejects Energy’s Claim of Loan Fund Profits

November 18, 2014 The failed California solar panel maker Solyndra re-entered the news in recent days when the Energy Department touted the overall health of its innovation loan portfolio, drawing a rebuttal from the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “In the five years since it issued its first conditional...

Weak Oversight, Poor Coordination Plague DHS Operations

November 17, 2014 With its $60 billion budget, some 250,000 employees and 250,000 contractors, the Homeland Security Department needs to operate more like a unified organization with a complex mission than a collection of fiefdoms, a watchdog found. John Roth, the DHS inspector general, highlighted nine areas of concern in his annual report...

How Three Agencies Weathered the 2013 Shutdown

November 14, 2014 In the same week that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed to avoid future government shutdowns, the Governmental Accountability Office weighed in on Friday with new documentation on the disruption visited upon three agencies during the October 2013 16-day closure. Cessation of patient registration for clinical trials, delays in...

Watchdog: Budget Cuts, Lack of Centralized Authority Hurting Program Evaluation

November 14, 2014 Agency efforts to incorporate more evidence in program evaluation are uneven, in part because many lack a central authority and in part because budget cuts have crimped attendance at relevant professional conferences, a congressional watchdog found. In a survey of performance improvement officers implementing evidence-based program decision making to comply...

President’s Data Boosters Push Management Agenda

November 13, 2014 Strategic sourcing and the embedding of data-driven decisions within agencies are proceeding apace under President Obama’s management agenda, the effort’s impresarios said on Thursday. As the host agency for the gathering of program benchmarking data, the General Services Administration is working to make the multi-agency “enterprise a single powerful entity”...

Congress, White House Unite to Kill Useless Reports

November 13, 2014 The House on Wednesday put the final touches on a widely embraced bill to eliminate or modify 53 useless or outdated agency reports, an effort backed by the White House as a cost-savings measure. The vote tally of 382-0 was evidence that the only area of disagreement between Republicans and...

One Way Officials Can Dodge a Question

November 13, 2014 Top federal officials who speak in public usually feel some obligation to submit to tough questions from the press—or from anyone in an audience who manages to get to the microphone. But retired federal officials may be a different story. Just ask Ray McGovern, a long-time CIA analyst and active...

Small Businesses Might Not be Getting a Say in Rules That Affect Them

November 12, 2014 At least three major regulatory agencies are allowing lawyers, lobbyists and trade groups representing big firms inordinate influence over a process designed to let small businesses review rules that might affect them, according to a study released Wednesday by the nonprofit Center for Effective Government (formerly OMBWatch). The study, titled...

SBA Takes Flak Over Revising Company Size Standards

November 12, 2014 The Small Business Administration’s bid to modernize its classifications of companies eligible for contracts and loans has drawn venom from a powerful House committee chairman and some in the information technology industry. A proposed rule to revise employee-based size standards is “arbitrary and capricious” and “irrational,” Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.,...

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