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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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CIA Uses Its First Public Conference to Stress Value of Human Sources

June 11, 2014 The nation’s oldest spy agency remains relevant in the digital age, CIA Director John Brennan told an academic conference on Wednesday, saying his team “still provides intelligence and analysis that social media and foreign partners cannot because nothing can replace the insight that comes from a well-connected human source.” Brennan ...

VA Hiring Freeze Could Cut Unnecessary Layers of Management

June 11, 2014 The targeted hiring freeze that acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson announced recently along with 15 other management reforms could reduce bloat and free up resources to combat the patient-wait-time scandal that has engulfed the department, observers say. The hiring freeze would apply to the Veterans Health Administration Central Office ...

Firing Feds, Private Sector-Style

June 10, 2014 How and when federal employees get fired is a theme in several current Washington stories, from long patient waiting lists at the Veterans Affairs Department to an Environmental Protection Agency employee’s day-long porn viewing habit. “What does it take to get fired from the EPA?” asked House Oversight and Government ...

IRS Embraces Long-Sought Taxpayer Bill of Rights

June 10, 2014 In a rare joint press appearance, the head of the Internal Revenue Service and the independent national taxpayer advocate on Tuesday announced that the tax agency has adopted the long-discussed Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The 10 briefly expressed principles -- which begin with the right to be informed and the ...

A Dozen Feds to Receive Flemming Awards for Excellence

June 9, 2014 Twelve federal employees who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and community service are set to be honored Monday night at the 65th annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Selected through competitive judging after being nominated by their agencies, the winners are to appear at a ceremony at The George Washington University organized ...

VA Watchdog Subpoenas Advocacy Group

June 9, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department’s inspector general, whose reports on apparent misreporting of veterans waiting times at medical centers triggered the current scandal, has subpoenaed a whistleblower advocacy group for records on reported abuses at VA facilities. The nonprofit Project on Government Oversight declined to cooperate with the May 30 demand. ...

Senators Would Boost Independence of NSA Watchdog

June 6, 2014 In another ripple effect from the Edward Snowden leaks of a year ago, the National Security Agency could find its inspector general gaining broadened independent powers under a Senate bill introduced on Thursday. The NSA Internal Watchdog Act would end NSA’s power to appoint its own internal watchdog and instead ...

How VOA Pressed Ahead to Cover the Tiananmen Square Anniversary

June 5, 2014 Bejing’s Tiananmen Square, site of the 1989 Chinese Army massacre of democratization activists, was largely deserted during Wednesday’s 25th anniversary, while the closest commemoration of the event was likely the crowds that gathered in politically semi-autonomous Hong Kong. But Voice of America, the decades-old unit of the U.S. Broadcasting Board ...

Investigators Are Looking Into 37 Whistleblower Reprisal Complaints from VA Employees

June 5, 2014 The Official of Special Counsel on Thursday announced it is looking into 37 cases of possible retaliation against whistleblowers at the Veterans Affairs Department, some involving precisely the type of complaints that triggered the current VA controversy. The announcement came as acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson traveled to Phoenix ...

Cutting VA Bonuses Could Hurt Veterans More Than Execs

June 5, 2014 Bonuses have long been a sensitive and controversial topic at the Veterans Affairs Department. A 2011 Government Accountability Office report found that 80 percent of VA’s medical care providers together received $150 million in performance pay despite “no clear link between performance pay and providers’ performance.” Since then, as VA ...