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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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Distrust, Low Morale and Compartmentalization Hinder SEC

July 19, 2013 The Securities and Exchange Commission’s organizational culture is “not constructive and could hinder its ability to effectively fulfill its mission,” the Government Accountability Office reported on Thursday. Interviews with current and past employees as well as third-party studies pointed to “low morale, distrust of management, and the compartmentalized, hierarchical, and ...

IRS 'Rogue Agents' Draw Bipartisan Praise at Scandal Hearing

July 18, 2013 Two of the so-called “rogue agents” from the Internal Revenue Service division at the center of the political targeting scandal took turns being praised for their professionalism at a Thursday House oversight hearing, but lawmakers remained divided on whether their testimony showed that the tax agency has been politically misused. ...

An IG’s Political Journey

July 18, 2013 Inspectors general strive to maintain strict political neutrality, even though they’re appointed by presidents of one party or the other. So it was eye-opening on Thursday to hear J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, at a disputatious House oversight hearing on the scandal at the Internal ...

Bills Introduced to Create Government Transformation Commission

July 18, 2013 A bipartisan commission long sought by good-government groups to break congressional stalemates to eliminate wasteful programs is now in the form of legislation in both the House and Senate. On July 11, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and 11 co-sponsors of both parties introduced the Government Transformation Act (H.R. 2675) to ...

Hacker Magnet or Sophisticated Tool? Obamacare’s Database Debated

July 17, 2013 The centralized data hub that will link agency records on people who sign up for Obamacare is either solidly on schedule and impenetrable to hackers, or it is floundering and in danger of swelling into “the biggest data system of personal information in the history of the U.S.” Both views ...

Senators Spar With Agencies Over War-Zone Contracting Reforms

July 16, 2013 Officials of three agencies running contracting operations in war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq on Tuesday defended their progress on implementing reforms required in the last defense authorization bill. Topics ranged from white-elephant construction projects to contractor suspensions to the politically disputed September 2012 fatalities at the U.S. outpost in Benghazi. Representatives ...

Government Should Leverage Its Size to Get Better Prices, Senators Say

July 16, 2013 The seven-year-old effort by agency buyers to achieve private-sector levels of strategic sourcing has shown only modest progress, a Senate panel was told on Monday, due to managers’ fears of losing control of budgets, a lack of incentives and vague performance metrics. The push to increase efficiency by bulk buying ...

Reaping Savings from the SAVE Award Easier Said Than Done

July 15, 2013 The Obama administration is hoping to save $3 million annually by encouraging more eligible federal employees to take advantage of the senior citizen discount on public transit benefits, but implementation of the voluntary change remains a work in progress. Last December the White House announced that the winner of the ...

Democrats Find More Flaws in Inspector General Report on IRS Targeting

July 12, 2013 House Democrats on Friday intensified criticisms of the May inspector general report that triggered the scandal over political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service. They released more raw documents from 2010 that they say prove that more progressive groups than reported were included in the sorting lists used by a ...

The Furloughed Fess Up

July 12, 2013 A show of hands was requested Friday during a The George Washington University Law School panel exploring legislation to improve agency handling of suspension and debarment of dishonest contractors. The bulk of the audience numbering some 90 identified themselves as feds. But Associate Dean for Procurement Law Studies Dan Gordon, ...