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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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Agencies Hit Small Business Contracting Targets

August 4, 2014 Confirming an achievement first leaked in April, the Small Business Administration on Friday announced that the government met its small business federal contracting goal for the first time in eight years. The agency average of 23.39 percent of eligible contract dollars for fiscal 2013—totaling $83.1 billion—was released as part of ...

This May Be The Worst Abuse of Federal Telework Ever

August 1, 2014 A unit within the Patent and Trademark Office is on the hot seat after an inspector general reported that 19 paralegals over a four-year period were given so little work that they passed the time catching up on personal chores. Supervisors at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board looked the ...

As the World Burns, Senate Leaves Key Diplomatic Posts Vacant

August 1, 2014 Among the many tasks senators left dangling when they departed for their August recess, are nominations for dozens of ambassadors, many of whom have been on hold for more than a year. The American Foreign Service Association, the union of current and former diplomats, on Friday blasted the Senate’s failure ...

House Oversight Floats 15 Reforms to ‘Depoliticize’ IRS

July 31, 2014 After a year of tense hearings on alleged political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service, Republicans on the House oversight panel proposed 15 changes they say would rescue the “broken agency” from politicization. Released Wednesday, the same day new emails came out revealing anti-conservative comments from former IRS executive Lois ...

Obama Signs Order Boosting Federal Contract Worker Rights

July 31, 2014 This story has been updated. Continuing his “year of action” to work around a stymied Congress, President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order to force prospective federal contractors to disclose any labor law violations. Agencies, in turn, must give greater consideration to such violations in contract awards. “By cracking ...

Feds Are Feeling More Out of Touch With Their Managers

July 31, 2014 Employee satisfaction with communication from agency leaders has declined steadily in the past four years, the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service reported on Wednesday. Sixty percent of agencies for which data are available registered a decrease in satisfaction with leadership communication from 2009 to 2013, with the governmentwide index score ...

The 'Dangerous, Scary Trend' in Retaliation Against Whistleblowers: Criminal Probes

July 30, 2014 In the 18 months since enactment of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, agency managers may have shifted to a new tactic for retaliating against employees who’ve embarrassed them with reports of alleged wrongdoing, according to whistleblower advocates. Increasingly, criminal investigations are being launched at agencies ranging from the Internal Revenue ...

Lawmaker: VA Alone Is Sitting on $2B in Underused Property

July 30, 2014 It took three years and a subpoena, but House Oversight panel members this week finally received an up-to-date White House inventory of underused or excess federal properties. The result: A total tally of 7,000 unneeded properties worth $350 billion, a figure deemed “unacceptable” by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of ...

Maryland and Virginia Still Both in Running for New FBI Headquarters

July 29, 2014 In a next step toward building a new consolidated headquarters for the FBI, the General Services Administration on Tuesday unveiled a short list of three suburban Washington sites that could win the competition. Two of the potential sites are in Maryland and one in Virginia. The Maryland finalists are both ...

House Passes Ambitious Reorganization of U.S. International Broadcasting

July 29, 2014 The long-disputed Broadcasting Board of Governors would be thoroughly reorganized under a reform bill the House passed Monday evening by voice vote. The 2014 United States International Communications Act (H.R. 4490) would clarify the agency’s mission in an age of digital competition and establish a full-time, day-to-day agency head while ...