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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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September 9, 2014 Bravery in the Bureaucracy Making the right decision isn’t the hard part, agency leaders say, it’s having the guts to follow through. By Charles S. Clark Newscaster Dan Rather was famous in the 1980s for signing off the evening news with a simple word: courage. He may have been onto ...

From War to Work

September 9, 2014 In 2011, Lauren Augustine was an Army specialist operating RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles from Camp Taji in Iraq. She knew that at the end of her deployment, the skills she’d learned wouldn’t translate directly to civilian employment. Enter the revamped Transition Assistance Program, designed to ease service members’ transition ...

Controversial Background Check Contractor Tries to 'Set the Record Straight'

September 8, 2014 The Falls Church, Va.-based contractor performing the largest share of background checks for federal security clearances has issued a point-by-point rebuttal of recent criticisms from lawmakers and others who believe the firm’s ethics troubles should bar it from continued government work. “USIS is a responsible federal contractor,” reads the statement ...

Finally, Some Good News for Federal Recruiters

September 8, 2014 Last October’s government shutdown damaged the image of politicians more than federal workers, and the public largely views joining the civil service as a good career choice, a poll released Monday shows. Some 73 percent of respondents to the poll by The George Washington University expressed either “a lot” or ...

Senate Panel Faults 'Bias' of IRS Watchdog

September 5, 2014 This story has been updated. Fifteen months after the controversy erupted over political bias at the Internal Revenue Service, a Senate panel has released a lengthy report challenging the premise of the inspector general’s audit that triggered the ongoing dispute. The original probe of the mishandling of applications by nonprofits ...

The Pentagon Is $200 Billion Short of What It 'Needs' for FY15, Study Shows

September 4, 2014 Despite some loosening of spending caps in the past year, Pentagon budget planners need to present Congress with some stark choices, an experienced specialist said on Thursday in releasing a new analysis of President Obama’s fiscal 2015 defense budget. “We’re at a fork in the road,” said Todd Harrison, senior ...

Pentagon, Congress Face Stark Budget Choices

September 4, 2014 Despite some loosening of spending caps in the past year, Pentagon budget planners need to present Congress with some stark choices, an experienced specialist said on Thursday in releasing a new analysis of President Obama’s fiscal 2015 defense budget. “We’re at a fork in the road,” said Todd Harrison, senior ...

Major Background Check Contractor Furloughs Thousands of Employees

September 3, 2014 The Falls Church, Va., contractor that conducts the lion’s share of federal background checks is now losing work and furloughing employees because of the two stop-work orders issued after an Aug. 6 hacking incident. The Office of Personnel Management, which halted USIS’ security clearance work to protect federal employees, said ...

Agency’s ‘Technical Competence and Compassion’ Protect Retirement for Millions

September 3, 2014 Josh Gotbaum’s final day as director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. was timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the landmark law that created the agency, the 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Act. In a Tuesday email to his staff of 2,300, Gotbaum, appointed by President Obama and ...

Many Federal Job Descriptions Are Dated

September 3, 2014 The decades-long effort to modernize 420 federal job classifications would benefit from improved data tracking on which jobs are too last-century, the Government Accountability Office reported on Tuesday. Though the Office of Personnel Management has paid heed to its charge of maintaining a General Schedule that is simple, flexible, fair ...