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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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Justice, DHS Lose Round in TSA Whistleblower Case

September 4, 2013 Fresh off of an appeals court victory in a key whistleblower protection case, attorneys for fired Transportation Security Administration civil aviation specialist Robert MacLean called for his reinstatement after a seven-year legal battle that pitted whistleblower protections against agency claims of necessary secrecy. On Aug. 30, the U.S. Appeals Court ...

DHS Got Complaints of Racist Website Two Years Ago

September 3, 2013 The Homeland Security Department procurement specialist who moonlights running an anti-white and pro-violence website had prompted complaints as long as two years ago, though the department waited until Aug. 23 to place him on administrative leave, Government Executive has learned. A longtime DHS employee who spoke on condition of anonymity ...

Treasury IG Faces Its Own Lawsuit Alleging FOIA Violations

September 3, 2013 The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which performed the May audit that placed the Internal Revenue Service on the defensive in the ongoing political targeting scandal, is itself facing a lawsuit over possible violations of the Freedom of Information Act. Cause of Action, a conservative-leaning government accountability group, last ...

Hotline On the Hill

September 1, 2013 Agency employees sitting on tales of waste, fraud or abuse have a new outlet. Since March, a whistleblower hotline has been operational in the office of Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Watchdog Caucus. The goal is to support lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff in ...

Leading on Borrowed Time

September 1, 2013 When Senate leaders braving a July heat wave in Washington announced a breakthrough deal to curb filibusters, sighs of relief were felt in all ranks of government. Within days, the upper chamber would confirm nominees to run agencies whose staffs had been on tenterhooks for months, even years. Newly freed ...

Union Blasts Plan for Steep Cuts to EPA

August 30, 2013 Congress will return after Labor Day far behind schedule on the 12 fiscal 2014 appropriations bills -- only five have come to a House floor vote and none in the Senate -- and the progress made this summer on the remainder has produced little bipartisan consensus. Exhibit A is the ...

Spy Chief Volunteers Numbers on Court-Ordered Surveillance Targets

August 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As part of President Obama’s nod to transparency in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks on domestic surveillance, the nation’s top spy on Thursday announced that the public will soon gain access to an annual count of court-ordered national security letters that permit the National Security Agency to monitor ...

A New Approach to Archiving Government Email

August 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new method for sorting through government email is ready to help agencies properly manage and archive daunting volumes of electronic correspondence, the National Archives and Records Administration said Thursday. The simplified approach, called Capstone, is the fruit of two years of Archives research and consultation with agencies, the Archives ...

Two Would-Be Governors With Very Different Views of Feds

August 29, 2013 The Old Dominion’s gubernatorial candidates expressed widely differing views of the federal government on Thursday as they spoke separately at George Mason University’s Arlington, Va., campus at an energy forum sponsored by the nonprofit Consumer Energy Alliance. Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a businessman and longtime fund-raiser for the Clinton family, said, ...

Another Year of Sequester Will Hamstring Workplace Safety, Study Says

August 29, 2013 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will celebrate Labor Day with a force of workplace inspectors that is smaller than it was three decades ago, a situation that will worsen if the current automatic spending cuts are renewed for another year, according to a study released Thursday by the Center ...