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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Feds to Undergo Privacy Training Under OMB’s New IT Guidance

November 9, 2015 White House guidance for streamlining information technology management will impose important new privacy training requirements on employees across government, a privacy expert tells Government Executive. Administration officials expect to finalize the guidelines in December. On Oct. 21, the Office of Management and Budget released for public comment the first revisions...

Pentagon Advised to Sharpen Sexual Assault Prevention

November 6, 2015 The Defense Department’s ongoing effort to reduce sexual assaults involving service members--estimates of which topped 20,000 for 2013—is hampered by unclear links between prevention strategies and desired outcomes at military installations around the world, a watchdog found. Though some reports show a reduction in assaults, the Government Accountability Office in...

Inspectors General Continue Battle With Justice Over Document Access

November 5, 2015 The ongoing dispute over whether inspectors general need full access to all agency documents took a new turn on Wednesday after the Justice Department wrote to lawmakers proposing a narrow change in current law that would preserve some agencies’ powers to withhold specified documents relating to national security, grand jury...

Lawmaker Claims NOAA Altered Climate Change Data, Issues Rare Subpoena for Internal Research Docs

November 5, 2015 A key House chairman and climate change skeptic is extending a months-long clash with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by issuing an unusual subpoena seeking internal scientific research documents that the agency considers confidential. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, first requested...

There’s Now a Less Than 1 Percent Chance Your Tax Returns Will Be Audited

November 4, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service, with 22 percent fewer agents than it had five years ago, on Tuesday reported its lowest percentage of tax returns audited in 11 years. Commissioner John Koskinen told a gathering of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants that his agency is “especially concerned about the...

Latest Obama Transparency Plan Seeks Improved Email Recordkeeping

November 4, 2015 The Obama administration’s third “National Action Plan” to commit to international partners to promote transparency contains an ambitious array of promises—ranging from pushing out data related to climate change, to publishing federal infrastructure permitting on a central dashboard, to promoting evidence-based program reviews. But the broadest provisions of the plan...

Heavy Turnover at SBA Delays Management Improvements

November 3, 2015 Over-reliance on acting managers in nearly all top-level positions has prevented the Small Business Administration from promptly addressing its long-term management challenges, the Government Accountability Office found. “Frequent turnover of political leadership in the federal government, including at SBA, has often made sustaining attention to needed changes difficult,” auditors said...

Bid to Privatize IRS Debt Collection Could Further Delay Highway Bill

November 3, 2015 Foreshadowing the budget battles likely between now and December’s deadline for revised spending bills, lawmakers are considering two controversial add-ons to the stalled highway trust fund bill. One would revive an experiment in privatizing collection of overdue taxes and the other would re-route revenues from customs fees. Both were strongly...

VA Settles with Psychologist Who Claimed Retaliation for Whistleblowing

November 3, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department agreed to settle and pay compensatory damages to a staff psychologist who was demoted and subjected to a hostile work environment after exposing time-and-attendance fraud and other financial irregularities, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Tuesday. David Tharp, a specialist in the post-traumatic stress disorder...

Watchdog Ridicules Pentagon’s $43M Gas Station in Afghanistan, Calling it Exorbitant

November 2, 2015 Shocking, incredible, exorbitant. Those were the hardly routine words deployed by an inspector general in a report released Monday blasting the Defense Department for spending $43 million on a compressed natural gas automobile filling station in Afghanistan. A similar station in neighboring Pakistan cost only $500,000, the special inspector general...

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