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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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Watchdog: State Dept. Needs a Better Plan for Beating Corruption in Afghanistan

September 12, 2013 As U.S. forces exit Afghanistan after 12 years of warfare, the State Department lacks a systematic anti-corruption strategy vital to proper use of the $100 billion being spent on reconstruction, a watchdog has found. The failure to finalize such a strategy over the past three years raises “the risk that ...

Census Bureau Struggles With Sequester and Pressure to Cut Costs

September 11, 2013 Newly installed Census Bureau Director John Thompson on Wednesday said sequestration has forced his agency to delay several economic products and field tests of key reforms needed to plan the 2020 Census. He called for full funding of the Obama administration’s request for a fiscal 2014 budget hike of $150 ...

Obama Nominates Consulting Executive to Fill Management Chief Void

September 11, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama on Tuesday evening announced he has picked an executive at a top private-sector consulting firm to serve as his management chief. Obama said he will nominate Beth Cobert, a senior partner at McKinsey & Co., to be deputy director for management at the ...

Agency Heads Explain Their Use of Personal Email Accounts

September 10, 2013 Three federal executives whom House Republicans have accused of using personal email accounts to hide controversial decisions explained their online communication habits Tuesday at a sometimes-contentious House committee hearing. While all three acknowledged some use of private accounts to ease work flow, they insisted they had no intention of violating ...

Defense Audit Agency Says Sequester Caused It to Leave Money on the Table

September 9, 2013 Offering one of the more concrete examples of sequestration’s impact, the Defense Contract Audit Agency has calculated that the $11 million in cuts it absorbed this year likely prompted its auditors to take a pass on retrieving as much as $74 million in unmerited contractor billing. In a Freedom of ...

Anti-Contractor Rhetoric as Common as Fed-Bashing, Industry Says

September 9, 2013 With collaboration between agencies and contractors at a “low ebb,” government should centralize services acquisition-related human capital planning to confront a retirement-wave brain drain and align itself with industry trends, a key contractor group recommends. Current budget constraints, curbs on contracts and congressional hostility toward the federal workforce have combined ...

Cousin of NSA Surveillance Program Draws Broad Privacy Concerns

September 9, 2013 Though the monitoring of domestic telephone logs by the National Security Agency has drawn more fire from critics, a recently exposed cousin of that program run by the Drug Enforcement Administration is raising broad privacy concerns among civil liberties groups. In the Sept. 1 piece “Drug Agents Use Vast Phone ...

OMB Expands Guidance on Curbing Abuse of Charge Cards

September 9, 2013 Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell has provided agency heads with detailed guidance on beefing up controls to minimize employee abuse of government charge cards, in compliance with a 2012 law. In a Sept. 6 memorandum addressing a perennial problem of waste or employee dishonesty, Burwell laid ...

IRS Slashes Spending on Videos by 90 Percent

September 6, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service on Friday said it has cut spending on video productions by 90 percent over last fiscal year, in response to more criticism from House Republicans. The agency’s release of video spending figures comes after the House Ways and Means Committee pushed out another parody IRS managers ...

Treasury Offers Obamacare Rule to Simplify Employer Reporting

September 6, 2013 A key Treasury Department official joined with the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday to announce a proposed new rule aimed at “simplifying and streamlining” the Affordable Care Act reporting demands on large employers. The proposal -- released but not yet published in the Federal Register -- was presented as part ...