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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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The Era of Security Clearance Self-Review Could Be Permanently Over

February 28, 2014 Fallout continues from last September’s fatal shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, with a prime federal contractor, U.S. Investigative Services (USIS), emerging seriously but not irreparably scathed. The Falls Church, Va.-based company, which conducts about two-thirds of federal background checks on private contractors and has been charged with fraud by...

Watchdog: Government Still Has Big Financial Management Problems

February 28, 2014 The usefulness of the government’s consolidated financial statements, though improved in recent years, remains hampered by “material weaknesses,” primarily at the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services, that prevent auditors from rendering an audit opinion, the Government Accountability Office reported. In its mandatory audit of the government’s fiscal...

Report: Agencies Should Learn to Share

February 27, 2014 Functions ranging from payroll to procurement to human resources management could be more efficiently performed by experienced specialists within agencies or by other government entities, a new report asserts. The time is ripe for strategic collaboration to move agencies along a continuum from single lines of business to multiple and...

Union Brings ‘Fair Pay’ Pep Rally to Capitol

February 27, 2014 Some 200 activists from the National Treasury Employees Union took to the western front of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to chant their demands for higher pay and more respect from lawmakers, four of whom joined the rally. “What do we want? Fair Pay! When do we want it? Now!”...

FDA on Defensive for Snooping on Employees’ Computers

February 26, 2014 A once-secret move by the Food and Drug Administration to monitor the computer screens and keystrokes of five scientists suspected of press leaks in 2010 was blasted on Wednesday as a “Big Brother” tactic out of George Orwell’s 1984 and a damaging disservice to agency whistleblowers. A joint report from...

Democrats: The IRS Probe Has Cost Taxpayers $14 Million So Far

February 26, 2014 Since the scandal at the Internal Revenue Service related to granting tax-exempt status to certain organizations broke last May, the hundreds of hours of congressional hearings and agency document reproduction have cost the agency immeasurable prestige, person-hours and scarce funds. But, as of Wednesday, there’s an actual price tag: $14...

House Republicans Would Raise Small-Business Contract Goals

February 26, 2014 The federal goal for steering contracts to small businesses would rise from 23 percent to 25 percent of an agency’s awards under legislation introduced on Wednesday by the chairman of the House Small Business Committee. A related bill to require greater transparency in bundled contracts to help small businesses better...

GSA Advances Services Contracts with Small Business

February 25, 2014 The General Services Administration has awarded 125 contracts to small businesses for its-long anticipated One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, called OASIS, for companies qualified to meet agencies’ complex professional service requirements. Designed exclusively as a small-business set-aside, OASIS is the federal response to the growing need for a streamlined...

Foreign Service Group Wants to Raise the Bar on White House Nominees

February 25, 2014 The Foreign Service union released new guidelines designed to raise the bar on qualifications of ambassadorial appointments, acknowledging the value of both career and non-career envoys but steering clear of some of President Obama’s currently controversial choices. The Guidelines for Successful Performance as Chief of Mission are offered as “a...

Ways and Means Chairman Threatens IRS With Subpoena

February 24, 2014 Impatient with the Internal Revenue Service’s cooperation on document disclosure, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., on Monday wrote to IRS chief John Koskinen to pressure the tax agency to turn over more documents related to last year’s scandal over the alleged targeting of mostly conservative nonprofit...