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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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Lawmakers Wonder 'How Much Porn' It Takes to Fire an EPA Employee

May 8, 2014 Tensions between the inspector general and main staff at the Environmental Protection Agency spilled into the open on Wednesday at a House oversight hearing that veered into EPA’s inability to prevent individual employee misconduct ranging from porn viewing on the job, to falsifying attendance records, to an alleged workplace assault...

Ex-Employees Want ‘Incompetent’ Forest Service Executive Fired

May 7, 2014 A group of public environmental employees wants the director of the Forest Service’s Law Enforcement and Investigations program fired for “incompetence” and for leading a program “in a state of crisis.” The Forest Service so far does not appear to agree. The nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on Thursday...

Yes, Obama's Management Agenda Is Different From George W. Bush's

May 6, 2014 President Obama’s second-term management agenda is more focused on improving government’s proactive effectiveness for businesses and taxpayers compared with his first-term’s emphasis on curbing waste and fraud, an Office of Management and Budget official said Tuesday. The current White House agenda also contrasts with that of the George W. Bush...

Consumer Finance Bureau Needs Better Bookkeeping, Says GAO

May 5, 2014 In its first two years of existence, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau designed ineffective accounting procedures, resulting in a $4.2 million understatement of accounts payable, assets and expenses, a watchdog concluded. In its audit of CFPB’s fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013 internal finances, the Government Accountability Office found “multiple instances”...

Four Agencies to Run Shared Financial Services

May 5, 2014 Invoking President Obama’s second-term management agenda, the Office of Management and Budget has named four departments that will seek to save the government money through shared services in financial management. Deputy budget director for management Beth Cobert joined with Fiscal Assistant Treasury Secretary Dick Gregg in a May 2 blog...

Do You Work in One of the 20 Most Elegant Federal Buildings?

May 2, 2014 Furthering a set of standards set by President Kennedy, the General Services Administration has joined with private-sector architects and designated the 20 best-designed federal buildings. The GSA Design Awards, presented Wednesday at a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, are presented every two years...

Customs and Border Protection to Hire 2,000

May 2, 2014 At a time of federal downsizing, the Customs and Border Protection website is displaying a prominent “Now Hiring” notice, part of a push to recruit 2,000 officers to be stationed at air, land and sea ports nationwide. The new officers, approved as part of the Homeland Security Department’s fiscal 2014...

New Diplomacy Museum Will Showcase More Than 'A Bunch of Pens'

May 1, 2014 The General Services Administration on Thursday announced selection of a construction contractor for the coming U.S. Diplomacy Center, a privately funded museum to be built at the 21st Street Northwest State Department headquarters in Washington. Gilbane Building Co., which won what GSA called an “open and competitive process,” will receive...

Defense Acquisition Reform Could Include Pay Hikes for Program Managers

May 1, 2014 The Pentagon official charged with curbing waste in weapons acquisition said Thursday that he would “like to keep my best people longer, reward them with added compensation and bonuses like in industry. But such recognition is difficult in the civil service.” Frank Kendall III, Defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology, and...

Snowden Draws Standing Ovation at 'Truth-Telling' Awards Ceremony

April 30, 2014 Introduced by an emcee acknowledging that “some in the audience may not be comfortable” honoring him, ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden received a standing ovation on Thursday when he weighed in via video link from an undisclosed location and accepted an award for “truth-telling.” “A year ago there’s no...