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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Consumer Bureau Rebuffs Critics Who Deny It Broke Wells Fargo Scandal

September 28, 2016 Who deserves the credit for unmasking the Wells Fargo fraud debacle, under which bank executives pressured underlings to meet sales quotas by opening accounts customers didn’t authorize? On Wednesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which had unfurled the blockbuster story with its Sept. 8 announcement of a record $100 fine...

Yes, You Can Fire Incompetent Government Employees

September 28, 2016 In time for the coming presidential transition, the Merit Systems Protection Board on Monday issued updated guidance for agencies to use in ensuring respect for the Civil Service’s nine Merit System Principles and 13 Prohibited Personnel Practices. “Our research shows that federal employees believe their agencies have varying success—and substantial...

Senate Fails at Two Attempts to Move Ahead With Bill Preventing a Shutdown

September 27, 2016 With only three days left in the fiscal year, the Senate on Tuesday afternoon twice came up short of votes for advancing debate on a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government open until after the November elections. Nay votes on considering what is called a continuing resolution came...

Commerce Supervisor's Fundraising Activities Ran Afoul of Hatch Act

September 27, 2016 A supervisor in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security agreed to a 50-day unpaid suspension after acknowledging that he solicited contributions to a suburban Maryland Republican party fundraiser while on the job. The Office of Special Counsel on Tuesday announced that the unidentified federal employee had been given...

Good, Bad and Familiar News at the Chemical Safety Board

September 26, 2016 The small, independent Chemical Safety Board received good news last week with the release of results of the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The poll showed that staff working under the five-member board (one seat is vacant) chaired by Vanessa Allen Sutherland raised its employee engagement score 14 points to...

Defense Whistleblower Vindicated for Reporting Privacy Violation

September 26, 2016 A public affairs officer at the Defense Information School was right in claiming a reprisal from a supervisor who lowered the officer’s performance rating following a complaint about a privacy violation involving a telecommuting plan, a watchdog found. Because telework agreements contain such personally identifiable information as home addresses, the...

OMB Will Revamp Payment Accuracy Website

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bowing to criticism of its data quality, the Office of Management and Budget will revamp the website to improve agency reporting on efforts to curb improper payments, according to Controller David Mader. The site, set up in 2010 in compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, assembles...

OMB Will Revamp Payment Accuracy Website

September 23, 2016 Bowing to criticism of its data quality, the Office of Management and Budget will revamp the website to improve agency reporting on efforts to curb improper payments, according to Controller David Mader. The site, set up in 2010 in compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, assembles...

House Clears Bill to Strengthen Program Management

September 23, 2016 A Senate-passed bill to bring private-sector performance standards to federal program management cleared the House on Thursday by voice vote. The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (S. 1550), introduced by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and shepherded through the House by Oversight and Government Reform Committee...

Justice Department Grantee Faulted for Sole-Source Youth Mentoring Contracts

September 23, 2016 In allocating more than $200 million in grant money aimed at mentoring Indian tribal youth, Justice Department grantees over five years relied too much on sole-source contracts and provided lax enforcement of rules against contractor lobbying and conflicts of interest, a watchdog found. The department’s Office of Justice Programs, as...

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