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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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...

IRS Spared Some Budget Cuts But Loses Power to Curb Nonprofits

December 17, 2015 For two years, Republicans in Congress have pursued budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service as punishment for its mishandling of applications for tax-exempt status. But some of those cuts—long protested by Commissioner John Koskinen and others as destructive to taxpayer service—would be restored under the 2,000-page $1.1 trillion omnibus...

Admiral Resented Hotline Complaints, Pentagon IG Finds

December 17, 2015 Reportedly having labeled the inspector general system as “malicious,” the commander of the Navy’s Special Operations Africa based in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2011 retaliated inappropriately against anonymous subordinates who filed complaints about him, according to reports released on Thursday by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General. Separately, an Army lieutenant...

NOAA Forks Over Some Climate Change Documents

December 17, 2015 In the latest wrinkle in the battle over climate change between a House overseer and a federal agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday delivered some internal communications documents demanded by the lawmaker that are related to a controversial scientific study of global temperature change. That was good...

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