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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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Warner Pushes for DATA Act Follow-Through

June 11, 2015 A year after enactment of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., on Wednesday pronounced himself pleased with joint-agency progress on implementation, a less-than-glamorous task made “extremely difficult under the stupidity of sequestration,” he said. “Memo to future Congresses, don’t put the stupid option as the default...

Compensation for Iran Hostages Cleared by Senate Panel

June 10, 2015 Long-sought legislation to provide financial relief to survivors and relatives of the 52 Americans held hostage by Iranian revolutionaries in 1979-81 cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. The bipartisan measure, sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., would compensate as many as 151 individuals directly or indirectly affected by...

Agency Deputies: We Get No Credit for Successes, and All the Blame for Failures

June 10, 2015 Agency chief operating officers, often the deputy secretary, “get no credit when things go well, and all the blame when they don’t,” according to one who answered the first published survey of COOs. “When I ask former deputy secretaries, ‘What’s the job description?’ they say, ‘See the tethered goat in...

TSA Told to Improve Vetting of Workers for Terrorism Ties

June 9, 2015 The Transportation Security Administration, already under scrutiny for poor performance in a test of airport screening for passengers carrying illegal objects, needs to improve vetting of job candidates for possible terrorism and other criminal ties, a watchdog found. Homeland Security Department Inspector General John Roth’s report generally praised the agency’s...

As U.S. Presence in Afghanistan Shrinks, So Does Oversight

June 9, 2015 Much of the waste and fraud that plagues U.S. spending in Afghanistan can be attributed to local corruption and pressure on U.S. officials to spend money too quickly before their budget authority expires, a top U.S. auditor said on Tuesday, but it’s the diminished American presence in that war-torn country...

Maybe the Supreme Court Shouldn’t Police Itself on Financial Disclosure

June 9, 2015 When President Obama signed the 2012 STOCK Act, he and Congress imposed new financial transaction disclosure requirements on top people in the legislative and executive branch. The law—opposed as intrusive by many in the senior executive service—conspicuously does not apply to the nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. That...

GOP Lawmakers Seek Details on IRS 'Team' Whose Existence May Be Semantic

June 8, 2015 Leaders on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee seized on recently compelled testimony from an Internal Revenue Service documents officer to demand details on a “special project team” the tax agency set up to respond to document demands of six active investigations into its alleged political targeting. In a...

Weather Service Paid Retired Exec Half a Million to Consult

June 8, 2015 In a maneuver some would call “writing your own ticket,” a top National Weather Service executive announced his retirement and then set himself up to perform the same work as a consultant, raising his pay by $43,000, according to the Commerce Department inspector general. Before his contract was terminated in...

OSHA Releases Guidance for Handling Transgender Restroom Use

June 5, 2015 Noting that some 700,000 adult Americans now self-identify as transgender, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday released a Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers for the private sector. "The core principle is that all employees, including transgender employees, should have access to restrooms that correspond to their...

Massive Data Breach Puts a Spotlight on Shared IT Services

June 5, 2015 When the Homeland Security Department released a statement on Thursday explaining the data breach affecting 4 million federal employee records at the Office of Personnel Management, it alluded on background to the role of an Interior Department data center, “which is a shared service center and a means for federal...