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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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Tip for Incoming Political Appointees: Don’t Ignore IGs

September 7, 2016 Incoming political appointees in the next presidential administration may need coaching on the value, independence and multi-hatted responsibilities of inspectors general, according to a new report. “IGs have several ‘bosses’— the agency leader, Congress, the president and the American public,” said the paper released Wednesday night by the nonprofit Partnership...

Senate Banking Panel Running Out of Time on Obama Nominees

September 6, 2016 With only weeks to go before election-conscious lawmakers adjourn, prospects for filling vacancies on financial agency boards remain iffy. Vacancies continue to slow action at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve Board and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. But the Export-Import Bank of the United States—where three vacancies...

An Inside Look at How Agencies Handle Whistleblower Revelations

September 6, 2016 A whistleblower may be completely wrong in his or her perceptions of wrongdoing, but if he or she reasonably believes what they report about waste, fraud or retaliation, they’re still a whistleblower. That's according to Dan Meyer, who runs the whistleblower program for the Intelligence Community inspector general. But “if...

Obama Category Management Team Takes Some Tips From Industry

September 2, 2016 Some big names of corporate America—Amazon, IBM and Johnson & Johnson—sent representatives recently to counsel Obama administration procurement officials on best practices for implementing category management in government agencies, according to a General Services Administration official. That governmentwide effort to consolidate contracts to save money through reduced duplication is well...

Agencies Have Cut $37 Billion Worth of Red Tape, White House Says

August 31, 2016 Though Republicans in Congress remain skeptical, the Obama administration’s five-year-old “regulatory review” has saved the government $38 billion, the White House announced on Wednesday. Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, in a blog post marked progress toward creating “a more cost-effective, evidence-based regulatory system for...

The Patent and Trademark Office's Telework Headaches Aren't Over

August 31, 2016 The desire of many high-skilled examiners at the Patent and Trademark Office to work from home has again produced headaches for agency leaders with the release Wednesday of a watchdog report finding continued timecard abuse and lost productivity. The Commerce Department inspector general’s extensive digital review of the work of...

Pentagon Employees Are Still Flashing Purchase Cards at Casinos, Strip Clubs

August 30, 2016 Certain Defense Department employees apparently didn’t get the memo instructing them not to use their government travel cards at casinos and adult entertainment establishments, the Pentagon inspector general reported on Tuesday. In a congressionally requested follow-up to an investigation that caused a dust-up last May, the watchdog’s review of 30...

IRS Chief Affirms That Agency Ended ‘Be on the Lookout’ Lists

August 29, 2016 In the latest wrinkle in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of conservative groups, the tax agency’s chief has written to Congress to assure lawmakers that its Exempt Organization’s division long ago discontinued use of so-called “Be on the Lookout” lists to sift through applications from nonprofits....

Defense Budget Experts Urge Changes to Wartime Funding Account

August 29, 2016 Congress’ reliance on an annual emergency wartime account to fund combat operations in Syria and Iraq has served the nation’s warfighters but done damage to budget clarity and long-term planning, a panel of experts said on Monday at the Brookings Institution. The next administration will have to decide whether to...

White House Gathers Trump, Clinton Reps for Transition Update

August 26, 2016 White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Thursday convened the White House Transition Coordinating Council to update representatives from the Trump and Clinton presidential campaigns on the ongoing transition effort. The meeting of some 20 officials and campaign staff at the White House “discussed the administration's transition activities to...