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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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Holding Ex-IRS Official in Contempt Looks Increasingly Unlikely

March 13, 2014 In the latest volley in the investigation of the Internal Revenue Service, the top Democrat on the House Oversight panel has concluded that a procedural error by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has compromised any pending effort to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. Ranking Member Elijah...

Senate Panel Presses OMB on Management Agenda

March 12, 2014 The point person for the Obama administration’s 21st century management agenda came under pressure on Wednesday to sharpen agency efforts to compile a workable list of federal programs, as required under the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act. Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management...

Energy Department, Contractor Faulted for Handling of Whistleblowers

March 11, 2014 Testimony from fired self-described whistleblowers combined with senators’ skepticism on Tuesday put the Energy Department on the defensive for its handling of safety concerns raised at its Hanford, Wash. nuclear waste cleanup project. Because of ongoing litigation and disagreements over whether two ex-contractor employees have proven whistleblower status, Sen. Claire...

Fired GSA Exec Exonerated, Restored With Back Pay

March 11, 2014 James Weller, the Region 7 administrator of the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service who was forced out after the scandal over lavish spending on a 2010 Las Vegas, Nev. training conference, has been exonerated. On March 6, Merit Systems Protection Board Administrative Law Judge Ronald Weiss reversed GSA’s 2012...

Obama’s Management Goals Focus on Federal Employee Engagement

March 10, 2014 The White House on Monday released a batch of documents that flesh out last week’s fiscal 2015 budget, spelling out a new set of agency-specific priorities and broader cross-agency goals. To comply with the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, the Obama administration outlined about 80 two-year agency goals...

Consumer Agency Accused of Ranking White Employees Higher in Performance Reviews

March 10, 2014 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, now in its third year of combating discrimination in lending under the “disparate impact” concept, has come under fire by some in the banking industry for its internal performance evaluations. An investigation using confidential data published March 6 by The American Banker, a trade journal,...

Lawyers Examine Pleading the Fifth As A Federal Employee

March 10, 2014 In a week that brought surprising wrinkles in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of Tea Party groups, lawyers consulted by Government Executive weighed in on how federal employees at large might view the threat of a contempt of Congress citation against a former tax official involved...

Agencies Detail How Sequestration Disrupted Government in 2013

March 7, 2014 Mandatory across-the-board cuts to agency budgets in fiscal 2013, though uncertain for much of the year, reduced or delayed operations, benefit payments, grants and long-term program investment, a detailed audit found. A 217-page agency-by-agency report by the Government Accountability Office released Thursday recommended that the Office of Management and Budget...

Senator: Some Data on Contractor Past Performance is Missing or Inaccurate

March 6, 2014 Four interagency databases designed to warn contracting officers about a company’s past performance are riddled with problems that can become expensive agency boondoggles, a senator declared at an oversight hearing Thursday. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., blasted as “shockingly old and clunky” the databases pioneered by the Navy and now administered...

Committee Approves Bill to Increase Agencies’ Small Biz Contracting Goals

March 6, 2014 The House Small Business Committee has marked up and approved a six-pack of contracting reform bills, including legislation that would raise the current agency goals for steering work to small businesses. The package approved Wednesday would particularly affect the construction industry, women, and disabled veterans. It includes a plan to...