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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Obama Increases SES Performance Award Spending Cap

December 15, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday signed a long-awaited executive order on strengthening the Senior Executive Service that streamlines recruiting and hiring while raising the aggregate spending cap on executive performance awards from the current 4.8 percent cap to 7.5 percent. The new cap, equal to the average agency percentage spent in...

Pentagon Grew Acquisition Workforce, But Not Necessarily in Right Places

December 15, 2015 The Defense Department’s human capital strategy has allowed it to grow its acquisition workforce by 27,000 since 2008, though data on specialized personnel proficiency is inadequate, the Government Accountability Office reported. “About 72 percent of the workforce growth has been achieved through hiring new civilian employees, with more than half...

2020 Census Called Vulnerable to Online Fraud

December 14, 2015 The next decennial census, planned as the first to depend chiefly on the Internet for data collection, is vulnerable to fraud by pranksters, anti-government protesters, phishers seeking personal data and even manipulators of House of Representatives reapportionment, a report found. As first reported by the Federation of American Scientists Secrecy...

Pentagon, Treasury Top List of Agencies Struggling with GAO Recommendations

December 14, 2015 A Senate subcommittee last week put the spotlight on two major sources for ideas to save agencies money: Congress’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Office and the 72 inspectors general scattered around the government, some serving more than one agency. “With a massive $19 trillion federal debt and a half-a-trillion-dollar deficit, the...

EPA and Energy Department Leaders Hail Paris Climate Accord

December 14, 2015 It’s no surprise that leaders of the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency over the weekend joined the State Department in hailing the international climate change accord reached in Paris on Saturday. What they shared in reacting to the five-year non-mandatory set of pledges to reduce temperature rises was...

Presidential Hopefuls Should Debate Government Management, Says Volcker

December 11, 2015 The current line-up of tough-talking presidential candidates should be made to devote an entire debate to the management of government, former Federal Reserve chairman-turned government reformer Paul Volcker said on Friday. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much unhappiness with the way our government works,” said the economist now...

Obama Nominates OMB Adviser as Deputy Management Director

December 11, 2015 With a year to go in his administration and a Senate in the habit of delaying nominations, President Obama on Thursday announced he was naming Andrew Mayock, currently a senior adviser at the Office of Management and Budget, to be deputy director for management. That job had been occupied by...

Obama's Coming Privacy Council Welcomed by Industry Leader

December 11, 2015 The White House budget director’s recent announcement of a coming governmentwide council of chief privacy officers marks the Obama administration’s latest response to last June’s revelation of a data breach at the Office of Personnel Management, a step that at least one privacy expert calls “a moment we will look...

Former State Department Employee Admits to Cyberstalking, 'Sextortion'

December 10, 2015 A State Department employee stationed in London from 2013-2015 ran an email phishing scheme from work designed to force victims in many countries to turn over personally identifying information and sexually explicit photos, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. Michael Ford, 36, now of Atlanta, pleaded guilty to nine counts...

Federal Paper Pushing Costs Taxpayers Millions

December 10, 2015 The federal government is the nation’s largest disburser—$600 billion a year in checks go out to suppliers from civilian agencies alone, according to the Treasury Department. So it may surprise some in this digital age that only 38 percent of the 19 million invoices filed by agencies in fiscal 2013...

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