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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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Poll: Science Agencies 'Stonewalling' Reporters

April 13, 2015 The Obama administration, which has pledged both to embrace transparency and promote scientific integrity, continues to tightly control journalists’ access to federally employed scientists, a survey of reporters found. Nearly 59 percent of respondents “feel that the public is not getting all the information it needs because of the barriers...

New Numbers Show Decline in IRS' Phone Service

April 10, 2015 Fresh numbers tracking call volume at beleaguered Internal Revenue Service help centers appear to confirm warnings from the tax agency’s leaders and its main employee union that budget cuts are making life miserable for callers as well as staffers as the April 15 filing deadline approaches. Internal IRS performance data...

Pentagon Strives for Even Better Buying Power

April 10, 2015 The Defense Department on Thursday released the third update of its Better Buying Power acquisition strategy in five years, aiming to preserve U.S. technological superiority by protecting budgets for long-term research and development while enhancing cybersecurity. “We want to identify the weapons, in the systems in the force today, that...

State Department Agrees to Probe Missing Clinton Emails

April 10, 2015 The State Department agreed back on April 2 to investigate department-wide email preservation policies in the wake of the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the National Archives and Records Administration announced on Thursday. Archives’ release of State’s correspondence came hours after a former Archives litigator...

Labor Hasn't Reported All Its Conference Spending Properly

April 8, 2015 The crackdown on unnecessary travel and conference spending by both the Obama administration and Congress has added new paperwork and approval processes that agencies do not always execute thoroughly. The Labor Department, according to an inspector general’s report released March 31, skipped a few requirements that it disclose conferences above...

Obama Administration Looks to 'Lock in Progress' on Management Goals

April 8, 2015 The end of the Obama administration is in sight for leaders of the Office of Management and Budget, who have instructed agencies to prepare for designating cross-agency priority goals for Obama’s final year. Budget Director Shaun Donovan on April 6 sent a memo to all agency heads outlining a schedule...

Are State Department Contractors Shortchanging Whistleblowers?

April 7, 2015 A review of 30 top State Department contractors found that they have ethics codes for employees that investigators worry “may have a chilling effect” on willingness to blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse, a watchdog found. All of the companies reported some variation of the employee “confidentiality” agreements...

VOA Director Steps Down in Another Dramatic Shift at Broadcasting Board

April 7, 2015 Just a month after the Broadcasting Board of Governors lost brand-new CEO Andy Lack to NBC News, the agency learned it will do without another key news executive, Voice of America Director David Ensor. In an all-hands meeting with staff on Tuesday, Ensor announced his resignation after four years at...

Union: IRS Budget Cuts Hurt Workforce, Customer Service

April 6, 2015 Five consecutive years of budget cuts have left the Internal Revenue Service with 18,000 fewer employees, many of whom feel besieged this filing season by angry taxpayers waiting in long queues for help that is often inadequate, the National Treasury Employees Union said on Monday. IRS employees at taxpayer assistance...

VA Pushes Back Against Claims Its Officials Lied to Congress

April 3, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department defended its improvement and newfound transparency in vets’ wait times for care, while taking issue with media reports challenging senior officials’ public testimony. In a blog post Thursday, the Veterans Health Administration interim Undersecretary for Health Carolyn Clancy touted the agency’s initiative to publicly post wait...

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