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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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Chasing Efficiency

August 1, 2013 Properly trained project managers may be the key to smarter spending and more effective programs. By Charles S. Clark C urbing government waste and duplication likely requires training more specialists in program management. Federal agencies are behind private industry in training program managers to reduce costs in today’s climate of ...

Out With the Old and In With the New

August 1, 2013 In January, 300 Washington-area property developers arrived at the General Services Administration’s headquarters for an Industry Day presentation, to compete for the opportunity to build the next FBI headquarters. Waiting impatiently through delays at the metal detectors, several expressed irritation at the badge-wearing GSA employees who cheerfully skipped the line. ...

TSA Tries to Put Reports of Screeners Stealing and Sleeping on the Job in Perspective

July 31, 2013 Television news segments this week have embarrassed the Transportation Security Administration with images of airport screeners sleeping on the job or stealing iPads left by passengers in bins at metal detectors. On Wednesday, agency officials pushed back, telling skeptical House members that, on the whole, TSA’s workforce of 56,000 does ...

Coast Guard Moves to New Site as DHS Headquarters Remain in Budget Limbo

July 31, 2013 As the U.S. Coast Guard begins moving to its own headquarters – a first in the agency’s 223-year history – a plan to centralize the rest of the Homeland Security Department at the same site remains in budget limbo. The Coast Guard is the first agency to move to the ...

House Republicans Blast IRS for Spending Millions on Union Activity

July 31, 2013 This story has been updated. In their ongoing barrage of criticisms of government abuse, House Republicans on Tuesday blasted the Internal Revenue Service for permitting employees to spend too much time on union work, while also faulting the pace at which IRS attorneys are responding to committee demands for millions ...

Get Your SAVE Award Ideas in Now

July 30, 2013 The White House on Tuesday implored all federal employees to put on their thinking caps and submit ideas for the fifth annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency or -- SAVE -- Award. “Borne out of the president’s belief that the best ideas often come from those on the front lines, ...

IRS Probe Continues to Divide House Oversight Panel

July 30, 2013 Two conservative groups with long-standing tax-exempt status were unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service and merit a new investigation by the inspector general, according to two members of the sharply divided House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the panel, and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio ...

Collecting Personal Information: NSA Yes, IRS No

July 29, 2013 House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., took to the Sunday talk shows to defend the National Security Agency’s program to collect metadata on domestic telephone traffic. But he made a careful distinction when it comes to whose fears of privacy violations are more justified, roping into the discussion the ...

Government Conferences Pay for Themselves, Industry Says

July 29, 2013 Agency spending on travel to conferences is “vital to making government more efficient and effective,” says a study released this month by the U.S. Travel Association. It argues that current Obama administration guidelines and legislation to curb conference spending is counterproductive. Government travel for meetings and events had a total ...

Pentagon’s Key Whistleblower Counselor Moves to Intel Community

July 29, 2013 On Monday, a Defense Department loss became the U.S. intelligence community’s gain. Dan Meyer, for more than a decade the major whistleblowers counselor working out of the Pentagon inspector general’s office, assumed a new post at an undisclosed location to provide interagency coordination for President Obama’s new policy protecting whistleblowing ...