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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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Homeland Security Launches New Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants

January 4, 2016 Following through on a plan leaked to the press before Christmas, the Homeland Security Department on Monday announced that its Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau this weekend began raids as part of “concerted, nationwide enforcement operations to take into custody and return at a greater rate adults who entered this...

Pentagon Workforce Cuts May Not Achieve Savings, GAO Warns

January 4, 2016 The Defense Department has failed to document budgetary savings associated with cuts in its civilian and contractor workforces, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a review of the Pentagon’s plans to trim spending by cutting jobs, the auditors in late December said the department in 2014 and 2015 only...

CBO Confirms: No Sequestration in Fiscal 2016

January 4, 2016 As promised, last month’s omnibus spending act will successfully avoid automatic cuts through sequestration in fiscal 2016, according to estimates required of the Congressional Budget Office. In a late-December report on the spending caps going through fiscal 2021, the nonpartisan agency said: “In CBO’s estimation, such a sequestration will not...

The Whistleblower Who Won’t Go Away

December 29, 2015 One person’s whistleblower can be another’s pest. Testing that proposition for the past quarter-century has been Joe Carson, an Energy Department nuclear safety engineer whose complaints about workplace health risks over the years morphed into complaints about management reprisals against him and, more broadly, charges that the government’s entire whistleblower...

Government Transformation Boosters Want Another Commission

December 28, 2015 Congress and the Obama administration have been busy creating new centralized federal decision- making bodies. The House in July passed a bill to set up a commission to expand use of agency data evidence to evaluate program effectiveness. The Senate in November approved a bill to create a new program...

Conservative Legal Group Sues NOAA Over Climate Change Documents

December 23, 2015 House Science panel Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is getting some legal backup to his campaign to pry loose internal climate-change documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Judicial Watch, the conservative legal advocacy group, announced on Tuesday that on Dec. 2 it filed a suit in U.S. District Court...

Homeland Security Move to St. Elizabeths Fully Funded in Omnibus

December 22, 2015 The controversial but ongoing effort to consolidate Homeland Security Department headquarters staff on the campus of St. Elizabeths got a boost in the $1.1 trillion fiscal 2016 spending bill enacted last week. The new law allocates $10.2 billion for the General Services Administration’s Federal Buildings Fund, which means “fully funding”...

Congress' Lack of Long-Term Wildfire Funding Plan Leaves USDA Chief 'Deeply Disappointed'

December 21, 2015 As Congress put final touches on the massive fiscal 2016 spending bill last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote to say he was “deeply disappointed” in the absence of long-term funding for Forest Service fire teams who battled record-setting flames this year. “In 2015, more than 56,000 fires burned 9.8...

The White House is Violating Its Own Transparency Policy

December 21, 2015 The White House office in charge of enforcing agency compliance with President Obama’s open government directive has itself failed to comply with requirements that it update guidance in a timely manner, a coalition of 20 transparency groups charged on Monday. The Office of Management and Budget has also declined to...

Shared Services Save Money, With One Caveat

December 18, 2015 Interagency pooling of routine purchases under the rubric of shared services saves money and improves quality, according to a survey of 300 public and private-sector organizations, newly published in a trio of reports from Deloitte and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. More than 90 percent of those interviewed about...