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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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TSA’s Headquarters Move Could Be Delayed by Judge’s Order

November 23, 2015 The plan to move the Transportation Security Administration’s main office from Arlington, Va., to neighboring Alexandria has bumped into a legal obstacle that could threaten the transition scheduled for 2017. As reported first by Washington Business Journal, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Charles Lettow on Nov. 12 halted the...

Poll: Trust in Government Drops While Agency Reputations Improve

November 23, 2015 Only a fifth of Americans currently trust the federal government or think it is well run, a new low, according to a major new poll released on Monday. As many as 55 percent said that “ordinary Americans” could do a better job than the government at solving national problems, the...

Senate Clears Bill to Improve Management of Federal Programs

November 20, 2015 The Senate on Thursday passed a bill designed to curb government waste by using private-sector performance standards for federal programs and by creating new agency specialists in the discipline of program management. The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (S. 1550) sponsored by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Heidi Heitkamp,...

Air Marshal Whistleblower Wins Job Restoration With Back Pay

November 20, 2015 Twelve years after he first went out on a limb to report a let-up in Transportation Security Administration flight protections, fired air marshal Robert MacLean on Thursday learned details of a victory from the Merit Systems Protection Board setting the stage for full restoration of his job and back pay....

Chemical Safety Board Prepares to Fire Managing Director

November 19, 2015 The managing director of the Chemical Safety Board, who has been on paid administrative leave for five months because of an inspector general’s suspicions, got word on Monday that he is being proposed for termination. Daniel Horowitz, along with general counsel Richard Loeb, was accused of “possible misconduct” last year...

Two Admirals Cleared of Charges of Illegal Lobbying

November 19, 2015 A Navy admiral and rear admiral accused of public comments that violated the 1919 Anti-Lobbying Act were within the law when they encouraged symposium audience members to contact Congress, a watchdog found. Adm. John Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, and Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, director of the...

Obscure Pentagon Small Business Program Gets a Boost from GAO

November 18, 2015 A mysterious Defense Department research project designed to test ways to encourage large contractors to hire small businesses earned a recommendation for permanent reauthorization from the Government Accountability Office on Monday, a move that surprised some inside the Pentagon and the small business community. The 25-year-old Test Program for Negotiation...

Say What? Agencies Continue to Wrestle with Plain Writing

November 18, 2015 In a sign of progress in the government’s effort to cease communicating in bureaucratese, two major agencies tied for top grades in the federal plain language report card released on Tuesday by the nonprofit Center for Plain Language. The Social Security Administration dominated for the second year running, tying for...

Contractors Predict Tightening of Federal Opportunities in Next 5 Years

November 18, 2015 Governmentwide spending on defense and civilian contracting risks being pinched over the next five years by growing mandatory spending on entitlements, according to industry research being unveiled Wednesday and Thursday at a conference convened by the Professional Services Council. Though the overall federal budget will rise from current $3.9 trillion...

Decision Time for Chief Financial Officers: Be Tacticians or Strategists

November 17, 2015 Twenty-five years after the CFO Act sought to modernize financial reporting, chief financial officers find it tough to recruit qualified analysts, integrate their data systems and maintain clarity on their roles within their agencies, a report released Tuesday found. “With the influx of additional CXOs across the government, the role...