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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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Digital Innovations Help Deliver News Under Repressive Regimes

June 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An all-star team from the Broadcasting Board of Governors hauled samples of the agency’s cutting-edge digital equipment to the Capitol Visitors Center on Thursday for a show-and-tell called “Innovating at the Speed of News.” The idea was to have top officials and program managers mingle with reporters and technology buffs ...

Hey, Isn’t That … Jon Leibowitz?

June 13, 2013 Spotted looking on as a private citizen at a Wednesday Senate confirmation hearing was former Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, who stepped down in February. Leibowitz was at the Senate Dirksen building to watch his former colleague, Howard Shelanski, get grilled about his agenda should he become President Obama’s ...

Program Managers Too Scarce in the Federal Government, Survey Concludes

June 12, 2013 The key to curbing government waste and duplication lies in training more specialists in program management, analysts said Wednesday at a Capitol Hill panel hosted by the House Government Efficiency Caucus. Federal agencies are behind private industry in training program managers to reduce costs in today’s worldwide climate of “doing ...

Obama’s Pick for Regulatory Chief Survives Gentle Grilling

June 12, 2013 Howard Shelanski, a dual threat economist and law professor whom President Obama has picked to run the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, fielded high-stakes questions from senators of both parties on Wednesday without any apparent harm to his prospects for confirmation. Currently serving as director of the ...

New Conference Spending Guidance Discourages Lavish 'Social Components'

June 11, 2013 At a time when overspending on agency conferences continues to make headlines, the Obama administration has fleshed out its guidance to help event planners balance mission needs with cost-cutting imperatives, assuring employees that it has not called for a moratorium on professional gatherings. “As each agency reviews its travel and ...

The Performance Opportunity in the Budget Crisis

June 11, 2013 Posted next to the agency goals on the Performance.gov website are photos of the “goal leaders,” or managers tapped as responsible for program progress, said Dustin Brown, deputy assistant director for performance and personnel management at the Office of Management and Budget. “When the deputy secretary names the leaders and ...

SEC Drops Retaliation Suit with $580K Payment to Whistleblower

June 10, 2013 The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday acknowledged that it has settled a whistleblower retaliation case brought by former SEC Assistant Inspector General David Weber. The agency paid Weber $580,000 and dropped accusations against him. Weber had been terminated in October 2012 after having accused other SEC employees of misconduct. ...

Banqueters and the Spying News Bombshell

June 10, 2013 No one planned it that way, but the twin blockbuster stories exposing national security agencies’ collection of domestic telephone logs and foreigners’ Web traffic made for some surreal juxtapositions on Friday at the annual banquet of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. With the current and past directors of national ...

IRS Targeting Launched By Cincinnati Staff Conservative, Democrat Says

June 10, 2013 The scandal over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative nonprofits originated when a self-described conservative in the agency’s Cincinnati office in 2010 sent a problematic application to a Washington technical office for guidance, according to interviews with a House staffer cited on Sunday talk shows. The interpretation of the ...

Dingell Letters and the History Books

June 7, 2013 The towering Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., who as of Friday is the longest-serving lawmaker in U.S. history (57 years) has for decades struck terror in the hearts of agency managers with his famed “Dingell letters.” In an appearance at Atlantic Media Friday morning for “Atlantic Live,” the longtime chairman of ...