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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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Construction Permit Streamlining Bill Clears Senate

August 3, 2015 Tucked inside the long-term highway bill that cleared the Senate last Wednesday is a bill sought by the construction industry to speed up the multi-agency federal permitting process while assigning an agency coordinating body, curbing litigation and increasing transparency. The Federal Permitting Improvement Act, introduced in January by Sens. Rob...

Watchdog Faults Accounting in Government’s Consolidated Financial Statement

August 3, 2015 The Obama administration’s procedures for preparing the government’s annual consolidated financial statement suffer from “control deficiencies” that contribute to material weaknesses in end-of-the-fiscal-year accounting adjustments, a watchdog found. The Government Accountability Office in a July 30 report said a review of fiscal 2014 consolidated financial statements concluded that the Treasury...

A Government Shutdown Looks Increasingly Likely

August 3, 2015 With one house of Congress already on August recess and Republican lawmakers readying a bid to defund Planned Parenthood in September, the chances for a government shutdown are rising on the pundit-o-meter. Longtime budget analyst Stan Collender on Monday raised his semi-mathematical odds for a shutdown from a previous 40...

Speed Up Efforts to Standardize Spending Data, Watchdog Tells Agencies

July 31, 2015 The White House-led effort to standardize agency data under the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act shows progress but should be accelerated to circulate standards that would make spending data more consistent, a congressional watchdog said. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro told a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on July...

One Year After Scathing Report of Abuses, Patent Office Telecommuters Win Review Panel's Blessing

July 31, 2015 The telecommuting program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office received close to a clean bill of health from an outside panel appointed last year to examine reports that some of the agency’s 8,500 patent examiners had filed inaccurate time and attendance reports. The nonprofit National Academy of Public Administration...

Senate Passes Bill to Smooth Presidential Transitions

July 31, 2015 Regardless of who next wins the White House, both parties have an interest in assuring a smooth and well planned transfer of power, as demonstrated in the Senate’s unanimous vote on Thursday to pass the Ted Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act. Named for a previous Democratic senator...

The Original NSA Whistleblower Is Still Rebuilding His Life

July 30, 2015 To mark National Whistleblower Protection Day, ex-National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake on Thursday took time off from his job at an Apple retail store to tell an audience on Capitol Hill that “I’m still trying to rebuild my life.” Drake’s hallmark case involved the Justice Department’s unique prosecution of...

Senate Tries to Stop Agencies from Paying Dead People

July 30, 2015 The government’s ongoing effort to halt improper benefits payments to the deceased moved a step forward on Wednesday when legislation to require tightened double-checks and interagency access cleared the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act, S 1073, sponsored by Chairman Ron...

NSA Whistleblower Describes Ongoing Anguish

July 30, 2015 To mark National Whistleblower Protection Day, ex-National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake on Thursday took time off from his job at an Apple retail store to tell an audience on Capitol Hill that “I’m still trying to rebuild my life.” Drake’s hallmark case involved the Justice Department’s unique prosecution of...

Senate Panel Clears Two for Troubled Chemical Safety Board

July 30, 2015 A Senate panel on Wednesday approved two nominees, including a chairman, for the troubled Chemical Safety Board, whose five-member complement has been operating with just two. The Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved Vanessa Sutherland, President Obama’s nomination as chairman, and board member designee Kristen Kulinowski. "Both Chemical Safety...

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