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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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IRS’s Controversial Review of Nonprofits Was Broader Than Reported, IG Says

October 5, 2017 Offering new information on an old controversy, a watchdog on Thursday painted an altered image of the Internal Revenue Service’s much-disputed past scrutiny of nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration—whose 2013 report on nonprofits triggered a major political battle in Congress over alleged political bias—released...

New Analysis Counters Claim that Federal Workforce Grew in Recent Years

October 5, 2017 The perpetual quest for the right size of an effective U.S. government should start with a realistic inventory of the “blended workforce” of civil servants, contractors and grant recipients, a scholar of government argued in a new pair of papers with fresh research. “Most experts agree that the federal leadership...

Survey: Federal Senior Execs Lack Sufficient Authority to Drive Change

October 4, 2017 Career leaders filling the government’s 9,100 senior executive positions harbor strong hopes for agency reform, but express worry about an ineffective recruitment pipeline and insufficient authority to drive positive change, according to a survey released on Wednesday. Only 22 percent feel their agency is well prepared to retain top talent,...

CIA Director Vows to Slash Bureaucratic 'Vines,' Lauds Republican Predecessors

October 4, 2017 Citing inspiration from his Republican predecessors, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that his agency needs to “remove bureaucratic barriers” that prevent operations officers from making quick decisions in an era when national security threats require intelligence agencies to be nimble and agile. “Our adversaries don’t spend a lot of...

Trump Innovation Chief Foresees Shared Services as Restoring Citizen Trust

October 3, 2017 The time is “ripe” for agencies to deliver dramatic change in how they satisfy customers through the efficiency vehicle of shared services, Matt Lira, special assistant to the president for innovation policy and initiatives, said on Tuesday. “I truly believe shared services will be a cure for the public’s lack...

Trump Team's Travel Woes Unlikely to Go Away Soon

October 3, 2017 Just days after the White House budget director issued a memo requiring Trump Cabinet officials to ease up on taxpayer-funded air travel, more developments unfolded to suggest that the controversy is apt to continue. Amidst Friday’s drama that brought the forced resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price...

IGs Band Together for a Common Website to Share Results of Investigations

October 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Monday morning brought the launch of the first-ever one-stop shopping website for users seeking inspector general reports. Oversight.gov, announced by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, brings together past and brand-new reports from the 73 agency IGs (minus a half-dozen for the intelligence community, whose reports...

IGs Band Together for a Common Website to Share Results of Investigations

October 2, 2017 Monday morning brought the launch of the first-ever one-stop shopping website for users seeking inspector general reports. Oversight.gov, announced by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, brings together past and brand-new reports from the 73 agency IGs (minus a half-dozen for the intelligence community, whose reports...

Fast-Approaching Vacancy Act Deadline Puts Some Pressure on Trump to Speed Up Appointments

September 29, 2017 After eight-plus months in office, President Trump’s transition effort continues to lag behind those of past chief executives in filling key agency jobs and that may not change despite an approaching deadline under a law limiting the duration of time acting officials can lead agencies. Though the rules under the...

Democratic Senators Implore EPA Chief to Protect Superfund Dollars

September 29, 2017 Despite presiding over some of the harshest budget cuts in the Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 spending proposals, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has spoken often of making the cleanup of Superfund sites a priority. But recent news reports indicate that he actually is considering slicing $20 million that EPA...