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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.
Results 711-720 of 2004

Pentagon Comptroller: Budget Uncertainty is 'Taking Its Toll'

November 14, 2013 Chopping defense spending at a time of budget uncertainty poses risks to military readiness that might not be obvious to the general public, the Pentagon’s comptroller said on Thursday. “It’s like buying an insurance policy with a greatly raised deductible -- if you have to make a claim, there will ...

Commerce Secretary Unveils 'Open for Business' Agenda

November 14, 2013 Inaugurating the slogan “Open for Business,” Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on Thursday put her first major mark on her department since her June arrival by outlining a “bold new policy agenda” built around trade and investment, innovation, and new types of data for use by U.S. businesses. The agenda reflects ...

Federal Service Prize Honorees Critique State of Government

November 14, 2013 The late statesman and four-time Cabinet secretary Eliot Richardson “would be distressed at the malfunction of today’s government with its ideological extremes and deadlock,” former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker said at an awards ceremony on Wednesday. “The trust that is essential to democratic government, though not yet lost, is ...

Federal CIO, CTO Defend Progress Fixing Obamacare Website

November 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some top guns in federal information technology who assembled at a House oversight panel Wednesday said they were encouraged by progress the multi-agency 24/7 team is making repairing the troubled healthcare.gov website, asserting that 17,000 users per hour can now log in to shop for health insurance. White House Chief ...

How to Get Past the ‘Big Data’ Hype

November 12, 2013 Agencies can avoid succumbing to the hype surrounding “big data” by tying analysis of performance information to mission-critical goals and giving rank-and-file employees access to numbers, according to a new report from a nonprofit and a consultancy. “Today’s analytics projects often are driven top-down by program managers or agency leaders ...

Attorney: Supreme Court Leaning Toward Maintaining Fed Whistleblower Rights

November 12, 2013 The Supreme Court during oral arguments Tuesday appeared sympathetic to upholding the rights of federal employees contained in both the 1989 and 2012 Whistleblower Protection acts, a prominent employment law attorney said. R. Scott Oswald, managing principal at the Employment Law Group who filed an amicus brief in the case ...

Issa, Treasury Wrangle Over Subpoena for Tea Party Documents

November 11, 2013 This story has been updated. The top House oversight chairman has issued a second subpoena to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to turn over documents sought in the ongoing investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s extra scrutiny of conservative nonprofits. On Friday, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the Oversight ...

House Chairman Sounds Alarm Over Homeland Security Vacancies

November 11, 2013 The 40 percent vacancy rate at the top echelons of the Homeland Security Department prompted a severe critique on Monday from Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, who wrote that “nearly half of the top positions at the third-largest agency in the U.S. government aren’t filled -- a problem that has impaired ...

National Security Whistleblowers Could Win New Protections

November 8, 2013 One of the many government responses to this summer’s leaks from fugitive National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden could be a new set of tools to allow defense and intelligence agency whistleblowers to make controversial disclosures through official channels. The Senate Intelligence Committee recently voted 13-2 to approve a fiscal ...

Identity Theft Still Costs the IRS Billions

November 8, 2013 Identity thieves continue to outfox the Internal Revenue Service at a cost to the government of billions of dollars and with collateral damage to the public expectations of tax fairness, a watchdog report released Thursday found. There were about 1.1 million potentially fraudulent tax refunds during fiscal 2011, worth about ...