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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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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 ...

'$10.10 Is Not Enough,' Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers Tell Obama

July 29, 2014 Some 100 pro-union protestors, some dressed as World War II worker icon Rosie the Riveter, chanted in front of Washington’s Union Station Tuesday morning demanding that President Obama sign a new executive order raising the hourly pay of low-wage government contract workers and permitting collective bargaining. “$10.10 is not enough… ...

The Afghan Military’s Tracking of U.S.-Supplied Weapons Is Sloppy at Best

July 28, 2014 Hundreds of thousands of U.S.-made machine guns, rifles and pistols supplied to the Afghan National Security Forces have been sloppily inventoried, raising the risk that some could end up in enemy hands, a watchdog reported Monday. The Defense Department over the past decade-plus has provided more than 747,000 weapons and ...

Contractors Group Would Restructure White House Procurement Shop

July 28, 2014 Citing a “human capital crisis” in a federal workforce beset by retirements and inexperience, a major contractors group on Monday proposed acquisition reforms that would speed up the procurement process, enhance industry-agency collaboration and reorganize the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy to improve workforce training. The Professional Services ...