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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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D.C. World War I Memorial Design to Honor Common Soldier

January 27, 2016 The congressionally mandated campaign to add a World War I memorial to the Washington landscape took a major step on Tuesday with the announcement of a winner in its open and international design concept contest. Seeking to remedy a perceived neglect of “the Great War” and the average service members...

National Intelligence Office Staff Remains Heavily White and Male

January 26, 2016 The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, now in the midst of a long-term recruitment effort to diversify and increase rotations within component agencies, remains heavily white and male, according to a newly released human capital plan for 2012-2017. The central director’s office for the community’s 17 agencies as...

Lawmakers Seek IRS Explanation for Destroyed Hard Drive

January 26, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service is again scouring its files and databases for documents demanded by Congress after the disclosure last week that the agency last year erased a former employee’s hard drive containing records related to an ongoing court case. Chairmen of both the Senate Finance and House Ways and...

Interior Department Tops Satisfaction Survey

January 26, 2016 The public’s approval of agency services declined for the third year running in the University of Michigan’s American Customer Satisfaction Index released on Tuesday, with some bright spots in timelier service and clearer communications. Overall federal customer satisfaction in the 2015 survey fell 0.8 percent to an overall score of...

Labor Secretary Likens Department’s Job Centers to Match.com

January 25, 2016 Saturday’s broadcast of the NPR news quiz “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” featured Labor Secretary Thomas Perez describing his department’s 2,500 job centers nationwide as similar to Match.com. Perez was introduced by host Peter Sagal as the man for whom “technically, his job is all the jobs. What exactly to you...

Ex-Defense Chief to Presidential Candidates: Running Government Is Tougher Than It Looks

January 25, 2016 Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday took an implied swipe at some presidential candidates, saying, “People who have never run a governmental organization often have no idea how complicated it is and how difficult. For example, if you're a CEO, you don't have 535 members on your board of...

GSA Moves Closer to Picking a New FBI Headquarters

January 22, 2016 With Virginia and Maryland still battling to land the coming new FBI headquarters building, the General Services Administration on Friday announced a “phase two” of requests for proposals from bidders. The agency also has secured $1.4 billion in proposed funding in President Obama’s coming fiscal 2017 budget to replace the...

Federal Election Commissioner Aligns With Campaign Finance Reformers

January 22, 2016 A sitting Federal Election Commissioner on Thursday joined scholars and activists to declare the nation’s current campaign finance practices in crisis and in need of urgent reform since the proliferation of “dark money” following the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United. Ann Ravel, a Democratic appointee to the six-member...

EPA Official in Flint Region Will Resign by Feb. 1

January 22, 2016 The Great Lakes regional official who handled the Flint, Mich., water crisis for the Environmental Protection Agency tendered her resignation, the agency confirmed. Regional Administrator Susan Hedman offered to resign by Feb. 1. Recent emails have shown that Hedman was aware of the bankrupt city’s lead-contaminated water early last year...

Main Agency Involved in Oregon Land Standoff Rejects Charge of Amateurism

January 21, 2016 The Fish and Wild Service, whose employees have borne the brunt of troubles raised by the politicized occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, does not agree with a recent comment by a local rancher that questioned the professional qualifications of FWS’ regulatory staff. "Most of the time,...