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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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Executive Order Will Ban Contractors from Discriminating Against Gay Employees

June 16, 2014 This story has been updated. A flurry of news reports on Monday said President Obama has directed staff to prepare an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. A White House official told The Huffington Post that the order would "build upon ...

Pentagon Ranks Top Suppliers to Spark Competition Among Contractors

June 13, 2014 The Defense Department’s acquisition chief on Friday released a ranking of the top 30 supplier units within the contracting industry as part of a continuing effort to improve the government’s largest procurement operations by curbing costs and professionalizing the workforce. Frank Kendall III, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and ...

Changing GPO’s Name Isn't High on the Congressional Agenda

June 13, 2014 The venerable Government Printing Office, which just won rave reviews in an agency customer satisfaction survey, has been pressing Congress to modernize its name for the digital age, but so far has had little luck. A bill (S. 1947) introduced in January by Sen. Amy Klochubar, D-Minn., would do nothing ...

Contractors Are Still Taking Short Cuts on Background Checks, Audit Finds

June 12, 2014 The three main companies performing employee security clearance checks for the Office of Personnel Management need to improve their case reviews and training to curb the number of investigations being closed prematurely, a watchdog said on Thursday. The largest contractor, USIS, along with CACI and KSG, allow too many background ...

CIA Uses Its First Public Conference to Stress Value of Human Sources

June 11, 2014 The nation’s oldest spy agency remains relevant in the digital age, CIA Director John Brennan told an academic conference on Wednesday, saying his team “still provides intelligence and analysis that social media and foreign partners cannot because nothing can replace the insight that comes from a well-connected human source.” Brennan ...

VA Hiring Freeze Could Cut Unnecessary Layers of Management

June 11, 2014 The targeted hiring freeze that acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson announced recently along with 15 other management reforms could reduce bloat and free up resources to combat the patient-wait-time scandal that has engulfed the department, observers say. The hiring freeze would apply to the Veterans Health Administration Central Office ...

Firing Feds, Private Sector-Style

June 10, 2014 How and when federal employees get fired is a theme in several current Washington stories, from long patient waiting lists at the Veterans Affairs Department to an Environmental Protection Agency employee’s day-long porn viewing habit. “What does it take to get fired from the EPA?” asked House Oversight and Government ...

IRS Embraces Long-Sought Taxpayer Bill of Rights

June 10, 2014 In a rare joint press appearance, the head of the Internal Revenue Service and the independent national taxpayer advocate on Tuesday announced that the tax agency has adopted the long-discussed Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The 10 briefly expressed principles -- which begin with the right to be informed and the ...

A Dozen Feds to Receive Flemming Awards for Excellence

June 9, 2014 Twelve federal employees who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and community service are set to be honored Monday night at the 65th annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Selected through competitive judging after being nominated by their agencies, the winners are to appear at a ceremony at The George Washington University organized ...

VA Watchdog Subpoenas Advocacy Group

June 9, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department’s inspector general, whose reports on apparent misreporting of veterans waiting times at medical centers triggered the current scandal, has subpoenaed a whistleblower advocacy group for records on reported abuses at VA facilities. The nonprofit Project on Government Oversight declined to cooperate with the May 30 demand. ...