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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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Agency Chafes at Ban on Hiring Foreign Specialists

June 17, 2015 The Congressional Budget Office has reiterated a previous request for an exception to a law forbidding agency hiring of job candidates with non-immigrant visas for technical positions that are not easily filled. In a submission to the Senate Budget Committee posted Tuesday on CBO’s blog, Director Keith Hall and his...

Which Agencies Are Best At Selling Unneeded Property?

June 17, 2015 Asked to name the agencies most effective at unloading excess real property, U.S. Controller David Mader on Tuesday picked the Interior Department, the Agriculture Department’s Forest Service and the Coast Guard. “Interior started years ago to dedicate a portion of its budget” to property disposal and is one of a...

How a Political Appointee Gets Fired in Washington

June 17, 2015 Rafael Moure-Eraso didn’t see it coming. Around March 18, the embattled chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board learned from one of his staff that CNN News was requesting comment on word that the White House would be asking for his resignation. “This was a complete surprise to me since...

FBI Spends Up to One-Third of Its Aviation Budget on Executive Travel, Documents Show

June 16, 2015 The FBI spent as much as one-third of its aviation budget on transportation of high-level executives, during a period that included travel cuts due to sequestration, newly released documents show. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, in 2012 inquired about then-Attorney General Eric Holder’s use of...

TSA Nomination Advances to Senate Floor

June 16, 2015 The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Monday approved President Obama’s choice to lead the troubled Transportation Security Administration, moving the nomination of Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger to the Senate floor. Neffenger, who would take over at a time when TSA has been rapped for poor...

Agencies Looking for Internal Data Turn to USASpending.gov

June 16, 2015 It’s surprising how many agencies now use USASpending.gov to “access their own data,” said David Lebryk, the fiscal assistant Treasury secretary who on Monday delivered an upbeat assessment of governmentwide progress in implementing the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. “We’re off to a great start on tough challenges, but...

Disputed Power Maneuver Divides Chemical Safety Board

June 15, 2015 The Chemical Safety Board, still struggling with vacancies as it seeks stability following the forced resignation of its chairman in March, divided sharply last Thursday over an unusual procedural move that empowered the interim chairman. Board member Rick Engler, Government Executive has learned, on Friday sent the staff a note,...

IRS Chief Reiterates That the White House Had No Role in Lois Lerner Document Review

June 15, 2015 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen has rebutted suggestions from House Republicans on the Oversight and Government Reform panel that his agency had a “special project team” that bypassed normal procedures in reviewing document production for various investigations into alleged political targeting. In a June 11 letter to Oversight and Government...

Military Chiefs Say They’re Often Blindsided By Acquisition Problems

June 12, 2015 Interviews with 12 current and former military service chiefs reveal strong dissatisfaction with their Pentagon acquisition colleagues, who too often change the requirements for weapons systems or demand additional capability, according to the Government Accountability Office. “Some current and former service chiefs said that because they lack visibility into programs,...

Senators Offer Plan to Streamline Program Management

June 12, 2015 Agency program managers equipped with management practices from high-performing private-sector organizations could go far in heading off wasteful spending, two senators said on Thursday as they introduced the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. The bill (S. 1550) would streamline “efforts and outlines strategies to correct widespread deficiencies, lax oversight...