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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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Federal Job Satisfaction Sinks in Latest Survey

December 9, 2014 Employee satisfaction and commitment declined to their lowest levels since the 2003 debut of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” report in the edition released Tuesday by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte Consulting LLP. The new overall score of 56.9 out of 100, based ...

GSA Launches New Shared Office Supplies Purchasing

December 8, 2014 The General Services Administration is free to inaugurate its long-planned shared services office supplies contract vehicle now that the Government Accountability Office has rejected all bid protests. GAO on Dec. 4 lifted a “stay of performance” for the so-called Third Generation OS3 solution, and the contract vehicle is “ready for ...

Treasury Watchdog Rewrites Letter on FOIA’d Tax Documents

December 8, 2014 A legal letter implying that the White House and the Treasury secretary may have inappropriately viewed confidential taxpayer information prompted a do-over on Friday by an attorney for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. TIGTA attorney Gregory Williams in a Dec. 5 letter to the conservative transparency group Cause ...

Treasury Watchdog Asserts Authority Over FOIA’d Tax Documents

December 5, 2014 The inspector general handling the targeting controversy at the Internal Revenue Service is resisting demands by a conservative legal group that it release documents the group believes show that White House employees violated privacy laws by reviewing confidential tax documents. The dispute—the latest twist in the 18-month-old investigation of IRS ...

Telework Isn’t the Only Thing PTO Needs to Do a Better Job of Monitoring

December 5, 2014 The Patent and Trademark Office, recently under fire for weak supervision of telecommuting examiners, has insufficiently monitored its time-and-materials contracts to information technology service providers, a watchdog found. Contracts that present a higher risk of cost overruns were managed by employees “who did not follow best practices” and failed to ...

White House Procurement Chief Issues Steps to Simplify Acquisition

December 4, 2014 The administrator of federal procurement policy on Thursday delivered on a promise to help agencies cut complexity and avoid duplicative efforts in the governmentwide acquisition process. The memo and a blog post from Anne Rung sought to encourage shared purchasing by category, cross-fertilization of talent and stronger relationships with industry. ...

Federal Hourly-Rate Contract Workers Ask Obama for a Bigger Pay Raise

December 4, 2014 President Obama acted “boldly” earlier this year when he signed two executive orders boosting contract workers’ wages, but “$10.10 is not enough!” according to chants from some 200 protesters who blocked traffic in front of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington on Thursday morning. Organized by the advocacy ...

A Beatle’s Role in Obama’s Immigration Order

December 3, 2014 While conservatives continue to attack the constitutionality of President Obama’s recent immigration executive order, a voice from the past has emerged to take credit for some of its legal underpinnings. Michael Wildes, a New York City attorney whose father represented the late ex-Beatle John Lennon in his famous early 1970s ...

Pistole Offers Valedictory on Once-'Beleaguered' TSA

December 3, 2014 John Pistole, set to leave government this month after four-and-a-half-years as the longest-serving administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, on Wednesday summed up his agency’s accomplishments in balancing the twin missions of maximizing security while retaining goodwill from the traveling public. “In moving from a one-size-fits-all approach to a risk-based ...

Is the Pentagon Wasting Billions on a Tracking System for Its Contractors?

December 2, 2014 As the Defense Department scurries to keep up with ISIS and other changing threats from overseas, its systems for tracking spending on a variety of contractor services has drawn criticism from independent auditors and accusations of illegality from a good-government advocacy nonprofit. The Project on Government Oversight on Nov. 25 ...