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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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Senators Offer Plan to Streamline Program Management

June 12, 2015 Agency program managers equipped with management practices from high-performing private-sector organizations could go far in heading off wasteful spending, two senators said on Thursday as they introduced the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. The bill (S. 1550) would streamline “efforts and outlines strategies to correct widespread deficiencies, lax oversight...

Contractors Want Guidance from Feds on OPM Hack

June 12, 2015 Like federal employees, federal contractors are waiting for agencies to explain exactly what the OPM data breach affecting 4 million employees means for them. “Everyone’s on standby to find out if they are impacted,” said Pam Walker, senior director for homeland security at the information industry’s IT Alliance for Public...

OPM Hacking Deals Yet Another Blow to Federal Morale

June 11, 2015 The damage from this spring’s breach of 4 million employee and retiree records at the Office of Personnel Management is still being sorted out, but one immediate side effect is becoming clear: the incident further hurt the pride of the federal workforce. “The latest cyberattack is yet another blow to...

Warner Pushes for DATA Act Follow-Through

June 11, 2015 A year after enactment of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., on Wednesday pronounced himself pleased with joint-agency progress on implementation, a less-than-glamorous task made “extremely difficult under the stupidity of sequestration,” he said. “Memo to future Congresses, don’t put the stupid option as the default...

Compensation for Iran Hostages Cleared by Senate Panel

June 10, 2015 Long-sought legislation to provide financial relief to survivors and relatives of the 52 Americans held hostage by Iranian revolutionaries in 1979-81 cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. The bipartisan measure, sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., would compensate as many as 151 individuals directly or indirectly affected by...

Agency Deputies: We Get No Credit for Successes, and All the Blame for Failures

June 10, 2015 Agency chief operating officers, often the deputy secretary, “get no credit when things go well, and all the blame when they don’t,” according to one who answered the first published survey of COOs. “When I ask former deputy secretaries, ‘What’s the job description?’ they say, ‘See the tethered goat in...

TSA Told to Improve Vetting of Workers for Terrorism Ties

June 9, 2015 The Transportation Security Administration, already under scrutiny for poor performance in a test of airport screening for passengers carrying illegal objects, needs to improve vetting of job candidates for possible terrorism and other criminal ties, a watchdog found. Homeland Security Department Inspector General John Roth’s report generally praised the agency’s...

As U.S. Presence in Afghanistan Shrinks, So Does Oversight

June 9, 2015 Much of the waste and fraud that plagues U.S. spending in Afghanistan can be attributed to local corruption and pressure on U.S. officials to spend money too quickly before their budget authority expires, a top U.S. auditor said on Tuesday, but it’s the diminished American presence in that war-torn country...

Maybe the Supreme Court Shouldn’t Police Itself on Financial Disclosure

June 9, 2015 When President Obama signed the 2012 STOCK Act, he and Congress imposed new financial transaction disclosure requirements on top people in the legislative and executive branch. The law—opposed as intrusive by many in the senior executive service—conspicuously does not apply to the nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. That...

GOP Lawmakers Seek Details on IRS 'Team' Whose Existence May Be Semantic

June 8, 2015 Leaders on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee seized on recently compelled testimony from an Internal Revenue Service documents officer to demand details on a “special project team” the tax agency set up to respond to document demands of six active investigations into its alleged political targeting. In a...