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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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Auditors Warn State Department to Monitor $50M Afghan Training Project

July 25, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry was warned on Monday that he should step up monitoring of vital judicial-sector training programs in warn-torn Afghanistan because a State Department bureau “may be scaling back its oversight of a program that is central to U.S. efforts to promote the rule of law in ...

IRS Officials’ Paid Leave and Bonuses Questioned

July 24, 2013 Paid administrative leave and bonuses given to three Internal Revenue Service officials caught up in a recent scandal have drawn fire from two key House Republican committee chairmen. In a Wednesday letter to acting IRS chief Danny Werfel, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Oversight and Government ...

Pentagon’s Wennergren Retiring After 30 Years

July 23, 2013 Dave Wennergren, a Defense Department technology and management leader, has announced plans to retire in August after a 30-year federal career, Federal News Radio reported. Emails announcing Wennergren’s Aug. 1 going-away party circulated inside the Pentagon, though no official announcement has been made. Currently the department’s assistant deputy chief management ...

Report: New Urgency for Building Pipeline of Future Leaders

July 22, 2013 The expected retirement of two-thirds of the Senior Executive Service in the next five years makes urgent the task of building a federal leadership pipeline, says a study set for release on Tuesday. Prevention of an agency brain drain will require formal training programs, on-the-job experience and “opportunities to learn ...

Distrust, Low Morale and Compartmentalization Hinder SEC

July 19, 2013 The Securities and Exchange Commission’s organizational culture is “not constructive and could hinder its ability to effectively fulfill its mission,” the Government Accountability Office reported on Thursday. Interviews with current and past employees as well as third-party studies pointed to “low morale, distrust of management, and the compartmentalized, hierarchical, and ...

IRS 'Rogue Agents' Draw Bipartisan Praise at Scandal Hearing

July 18, 2013 Two of the so-called “rogue agents” from the Internal Revenue Service division at the center of the political targeting scandal took turns being praised for their professionalism at a Thursday House oversight hearing, but lawmakers remained divided on whether their testimony showed that the tax agency has been politically misused. ...

An IG’s Political Journey

July 18, 2013 Inspectors general strive to maintain strict political neutrality, even though they’re appointed by presidents of one party or the other. So it was eye-opening on Thursday to hear J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, at a disputatious House oversight hearing on the scandal at the Internal ...

Bills Introduced to Create Government Transformation Commission

July 18, 2013 A bipartisan commission long sought by good-government groups to break congressional stalemates to eliminate wasteful programs is now in the form of legislation in both the House and Senate. On July 11, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and 11 co-sponsors of both parties introduced the Government Transformation Act (H.R. 2675) to ...

Hacker Magnet or Sophisticated Tool? Obamacare’s Database Debated

July 17, 2013 The centralized data hub that will link agency records on people who sign up for Obamacare is either solidly on schedule and impenetrable to hackers, or it is floundering and in danger of swelling into “the biggest data system of personal information in the history of the U.S.” Both views ...

Senators Spar With Agencies Over War-Zone Contracting Reforms

July 16, 2013 Officials of three agencies running contracting operations in war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq on Tuesday defended their progress on implementing reforms required in the last defense authorization bill. Topics ranged from white-elephant construction projects to contractor suspensions to the politically disputed September 2012 fatalities at the U.S. outpost in Benghazi. Representatives ...