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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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Group Wants White House to Release Documents on Ambassadorial Nominees

March 18, 2014 The union of retired Foreign Service officers, having threatened to sue the State Department under the Freedom of Information Act, has received information that it sought for sometimes-controversial Obama administration ambassadorial nominees. But it has decided that the White House should be the one to make the documents public. The ...

Security Clearance Reforms Include Better Access to Criminal Records and Greater Use of Social Media

March 18, 2014 This story has been updated. Seven months after the fatal shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, an interagency panel on Tuesday issued 13 recommendations designed to close information gaps in the federal security clearance process. The Suitability and Security Report documented a need for better information sharing, increased oversight over ...

Wide-Ranging Bill Seeks to Shine More Light on Lobbying and Regulatory Process

March 17, 2014 A grab-bag transparency bill introduced March 13 would use technology to boost public oversight of program spending, standardize agency reporting on use of the Freedom of Information Act, shed greater light on lobbying and add new requirements for judges to disclose financial investments. The Transparency in Government Act would also ...

Lawmakers Want To Ax Reports No One Reads

March 17, 2014 Up to 300 seldom-read federal reports would be discontinued or merged with related reports under legislation gaining momentum in Congress. Ranging from the Agriculture Department’s “Listing of Areas Rural in Character” to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s “Federal Bureau of Investigation Information Sharing,” the publications on the ...

Several Major Agencies Still Lack Permanent Watchdogs

March 14, 2014 The Senate’s recent vote confirming John Roth as Homeland Security Department watchdog represents solid progress in governmentwide oversight, according to an advocacy nonprofit that tracks inspectors general. But the number of IG vacancies is still at nine, with “unreasonable vacancies” at the Interior Department and the U.S. Agency for International ...

The Government Bureaucracy is Even Worse Than Back-Stabbing Academia Apparently

March 14, 2014 A newly unveiled resignation letter may contain the most unflattering portrait of federal work life in the modern era. The “see ya” note from David Wright, a Michigan State University science historian who since 2011 has toiled at improving training at the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Research ...

More Federal Employees View Lack of Training as Discrimination

March 14, 2014 President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal promises to invest more in federal employee training. More—and better—training would help employees improve their skills, but it could also reduce the number of discrimination and retaliation complaints filed against the government, based on data compiled and analyzed by Washington employment law firm Tully ...

Holding Ex-IRS Official in Contempt Looks Increasingly Unlikely

March 13, 2014 In the latest volley in the investigation of the Internal Revenue Service, the top Democrat on the House Oversight panel has concluded that a procedural error by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has compromised any pending effort to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. Ranking Member Elijah ...

Senate Panel Presses OMB on Management Agenda

March 12, 2014 The point person for the Obama administration’s 21st century management agenda came under pressure on Wednesday to sharpen agency efforts to compile a workable list of federal programs, as required under the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act. Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management ...

Energy Department, Contractor Faulted for Handling of Whistleblowers

March 11, 2014 Testimony from fired self-described whistleblowers combined with senators’ skepticism on Tuesday put the Energy Department on the defensive for its handling of safety concerns raised at its Hanford, Wash. nuclear waste cleanup project. Because of ongoing litigation and disagreements over whether two ex-contractor employees have proven whistleblower status, Sen. Claire ...