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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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Obama Taps Anne Rung to be White House Procurement Chief

July 11, 2014 In a move rumored for months, President Obama on Thursday named Anne Rung, currently a senior adviser in the Office of Management and Budget, to be administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The office that coordinates regulation and help for contractors has been filled on an acting basis ...

Are 'Pretty Buildings' Endangering Diplomats?

July 10, 2014 The Obama administration’s efforts to achieve visual excellence as well as security in embassy design came under fire Thursday by Republicans on the House oversight panel, who warned that construction of “fancy buildings” wastes money that could be used to better protect diplomats. Two State Department officials argued that the ...

Patent Office Exec Tried to Force Subordinates to Hire a Relative's Fiancé

July 10, 2014 A senior official at the Patent and Trademark Office pressured subordinates to hire as an examining attorney a lesser-qualified candidate who was engaged to marry a close relative, the Commerce Department inspector general reported. The official, who is unnamed in the redacted report released Monday, was found to have violated ...

Agencies’ $106 Billion in Improper Payments an Ongoing Briar Patch

July 9, 2014 The good news is that the government’s estimated improper payments in fiscal 2013 came down from the previous year, by more than $1 billion. The less-good news is that estimated errors still amounted to $105.8 billion in fiscal 2013, with 78 percent concentrated in five agencies, the Government Accountability Office ...

Digital Democracy Starts Here

July 9, 2014 From his unheralded office inside the National Archives and Records Administration, Charley Barth sees himself as cheerleader for what is must-reading for some, but may be hard-slogging for many— the Federal Register. As the official in charge of the government’s daily compendium of regulations in progress, he sees his mission ...

Around Government

July 9, 2014 Narrowing the Gender Gap Women feds are better educated and better compensated these days. By Kellie Lunney True or False: The gender pay gap is smaller among younger employees in the federal government. True. In fact, a lot has changed for women in the federal workforce since 1992. For instance, ...

Border Crisis Creates Record Case Backlog at Immigration Courts

July 9, 2014 As President Obama traveled to Texas to confront the continuing border crisis, a Justice Department official told senators that the number of cases pending before U.S. immigration review courts had swelled to a record high of 375,373. The surge of some 57,000 unaccompanied children arriving at the southwestern border in ...

The Man Behind the Anonymous Critiques of U.S. International Broadcasting

July 8, 2014 The headlines scream of government dysfunction: “Bad Management Threatens Voice of America’s Future,” and “Broadcasting Board of Governors Has Let America and Obama Down,” are among the most recent and tactful. Such blasts appear daily on BBGWatch.com, a three-year-old online compendium of mostly anonymous critiques of how the Washington-based BBG ...

Five Agencies Stand to Gain from Obama Request for New Border Funds

July 8, 2014 This story has been updated. Following a shift in tone toward greater use of deportations, President Obama on Tuesday sent Congress a $3.7 billion supplemental appropriations request that would bolster efforts by five agencies to address the Southwestern border crisis caused by the arrival of thousands of unaccompanied minors from ...

DHS Headquarters Consolidation At Risk of Getting Even More Behind Schedule

July 7, 2014 The long-delayed post-9/11 consolidation of Homeland Security Department offices on the St. Elizabeths Southeast Washington campus is threatened with further holdups, according to early indicators in the fiscal 2015 appropriations process. Though no floor votes have been taken, the House Appropriations Committee’s version of the Homeland Security spending bill would ...