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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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 Threatens Veto of Effort to ‘Weaken the Rights of Federal Employees’

July 6, 2016 The House Rules Committee on Tuesday merged an array of bills that would affect the federal workforce with an information technology safeguard act, immediately drawing a White House veto threat. What will soon come to the House floor as the Government Reform and Improvement Act. (H.R. 4361), originally sponsored by...

Labor Department Overdue for FOIA Upgrades, Auditors Say

July 5, 2016 The same week President Obama signed a bill reforming the Freedom of Information Act, the Labor Department came into criticism for inefficiencies and out-of-date computer systems for responding to requests for documents. Labor has “not updated its FOIA regulation to reflect changes in its process made in response to more...

OMB Provides New Guidance for Agencies Buying Tools to Counter Identity Theft

July 5, 2016 Continuing its insertion of category management into federal purchasing, the White House Office of Management and Budget last week instructed department and agency heads—with few exceptions—to use the bulk buying approach to providing services in identity protection and data monitoring to ward off breaches. In a memo updating a 2006...

FBI’s Balancing Act on Clinton Email Decision

July 5, 2016 It’s not surprising that FBI Director James Comey went through a long wind-up before delivering his pitch to the world on Tuesday morning: the announcement that his agency would not recommend criminal charges against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server as secretary...

Obama Signs FOIA Reform and Announces New Transparency Steps

July 1, 2016 Just in time for the July 4th 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act, President Obama on Thursday signed the long-sought bipartisan FOIA reform bill, reassuring some who doubted his commitment and using the occasion to announce an array of new initiatives aimed at opening more government records to...

The Ongoing Mystery of Who OK'd Clinton's Private Server

June 30, 2016 With Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign awaiting results of an FBI probe into her handling of classified information, her aides and former colleagues continue to give testimony in a private lawsuit without answering the question of who approved Clinton’s controversial private home server. Judicial Watch, the conservative nonprofit legal group that...

Clinton Technology Plan Promises 'Smarter' Government

June 30, 2016 The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign’s newly released Technology and Innovation Agenda, while addressing broad consumer issues such as broadband access, tech job growth and STEM education, contains a sizable set of proposals on making government “smarter.” It also comes out in favor of full implementation of the 2014 Data Accountability...

Nominee for OMB Deputy Slot Promises Focus on the Presidential Transition

June 29, 2016 If confirmed for the final six months of the Obama administration, deputy management director nominee Andrew Mayock would focus on ensuring a smooth presidential transition and would seek to avoid “reinventing the wheel,” he told senators on Tuesday. Mayock, who joined the Office of Management and Budget in 2013 after...

SBA to Interpret Supreme Court Contractor Ruling for Small Business

June 28, 2016 This month’s Supreme Court decision requiring the Veterans Affairs Department to expand set-asides for veteran-owned small businesses could affect broader procurement regulations across government, a Small Business Administration official said on Tuesday. John Shoraka, associate administrator of SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, told Government Executive at a...

House Oversight Panel Probes Consumer Bureau’s Advertising Strategy

June 28, 2016 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recently disclosed $12.5 million advertising contract is under the scrutiny of a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a June 24 letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the lawmakers cited a recent Wall Street Journal report drawn from...