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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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New Clinton Emails Raise More Questions About State's Response

August 10, 2016 Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department have revived debate over whether she commingled diplomacy with people involved with the Clinton Foundation and raise questions about how State handled requests for information about her email practices under the Freedom of Information Act going back years. The...

SEC’s Controversial Administrative Courts Declared Constitutional

August 10, 2016 The Security and Exchange Commission’s controversial five-year-old practice of taking enforcement litigation to in-house judges was upheld by a federal appeals court on Tuesday, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The SEC administrative judges, who are not appointed by commissioners but are hired through an internal office, were found...

Note to Managers: Presidential Transition May Trigger Employee Anxiety

August 9, 2016 Employee engagement, which recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys have shown to be a problem for many agencies, takes on extra importance during the presidential transition now underway, a new report says. With only half of respondents approving of their leaders’ performance in boosting engagement in the 2015 survey, “effective communication...

Small Business Administration Defends Methods for Documenting Contracting Goals

August 9, 2016 Attorneys for the Small Business Administration are headed to court in October hoping to dismiss a suit brought by the Petaluma, Calif.,-based American Small Business League, which claims the agency’s reports on achievement of small-business contracting goals are legally suspect and harmful. The league’s complaint, filed in May against Administrator...

Tricky Next Step for House Republicans Who Want Another Clinton Probe

August 8, 2016 With FBI Director James Comey before his committee on July 7, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, suggested he would waste no time. “You'll have one in the next few hours," Chaffetz said regarding the “referral” the law enforcement chief said was needed before the bureau...

Energy Department Steps Up Whistleblower Protections

August 8, 2016 Following up on a watchdog’s July critique of its whistleblower outreach efforts, the Energy Department announced new steps to better protect whistleblowers who work for contractors from supervisor retaliation. “Employees and contractors are at the heart of the Department of Energy's mission areas—and the department is committed to protecting them...

IRS Employees Nailed for Using Purchase Cards for Hand Sanitizer

August 5, 2016 As part of its regular monitoring of how tax agency staff deploy purchasing cards, the independent watchdog for the Internal Revenue Service found that effective safeguards are in place for discouraging use of the cards for personal spending—including buying hand sanitizer, cold medicine and boxes of tissue – though abuses...

Agencies Hail Progress Toward Goal of Ending Veterans Homelessness

August 5, 2016 One of the Obama administration’s longtime strategic goals has been the multi-agency effort to end homelessness among veterans. Timed with President Obama’s speech to a disabled veterans group in Atlanta on Aug. 1, the Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments joined with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness...

Special Counsel Argues Against VA’s Bid for More Proof from Whistleblowers

August 4, 2016 Disputing a judge’s interpretation of the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Office of Special Counsel on Wednesday weighed in with its third amicus brief on a case involving the Veterans Affairs Department’s firing of an employee who reported wasteful practices. In Anthony Salazar v. Department of Veterans Affairs, the...

Agencies Get a New Playbook for Managing Risks

August 3, 2016 The General Services Administration, in cooperation with the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, on Friday launched a new “playbook” for enterprise risk management that aims to improve decision-making and planning across government. The “Playbook: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)” is the action plan for complying with the Office of Management and...