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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Intelligence Community Brass Decries 'Cynicism' on 9/11 Anniversary

September 10, 2015 The 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Friday comes with “no specific threats” detected by the intelligence community, despite past attacks planned around that date, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday. Though the public “should be skeptical of all of us in the intelligence community and law...

IRS Credited With Success in Nailing Feds Who Owe Taxes

September 10, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service has done its share to lower the tax delinquency rate for current and retired federal employees, though some improvements could be made, a watchdog found. The IRS identified 304,665 federal employees and retirees who owed some $3.54 billion in unpaid taxes at the end of fiscal...

Spy Chief Calls Iran Deal Workable, Commits to Transparency

September 9, 2015 The U.S. intelligence community has sufficient independent capabilities to verify Iran’s future compliance with the pending nuclear arms deal, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday. “Five days after the deal was struck, we were required to submit a report to Congress” on verification, and “I’m pretty confident—though we...

Pentagon Orders Even More HQ Cuts, Infuriating Employees' Union

September 9, 2015 With Congress and the White House still at loggerheads over the defense budget, Pentagon personnel strategists are proceeding with a more-severe version of an existing plan for cuts to headquarters staff—angering a major union in the process. On Aug. 24, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work sent all military departments and...

President of Major Contractors Group Steps Down

September 9, 2015 Fifteen years after he left the Clinton administration Pentagon to head a major federal contractors group, Stan Soloway on Wednesday announced that he is leaving his post as president and CEO of the 400-member Professional Services Council. “I am at that stage of my career where, if I want to...

VA Lost a Clerk’s Disability File, then Fired Him for Running to Congress

September 9, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department’s move to terminate a Baltimore-based clerk after he contacted a member of Congress over a lost benefits file constituted a prohibited personnel practice, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Tuesday. The OSC found that VA violated the Civil Service Reform Act when it discharged Bradie...

Pentagon Moves Ahead With HQ Staff Cuts

September 8, 2015 With Congress and the White House still at loggerheads over the defense budget, Pentagon personnel strategists are proceeding with a more-severe version of an existing plan for cuts to headquarters staff—angering a major union in the process. On Aug. 24, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work sent all military departments and...

Obama’s Latest Executive Order Requires Sick Leave for Contractors

September 8, 2015 In another in his stream of executive moves that don’t require congressional approval, President Obama used Labor Day and the ongoing presidential campaign to highlight his signing of an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days sick leave for employees. “We’ve seen that many companies, including...

Making a Case for Numbers

September 8, 2015 Data that measure an employee’s performance can appear ominous. But Gerald Ray, an administrative judge and 37-year veteran at the Social Security Administration, believes people should overcome that fear. He thinks eyeing a meter on one’s productivity can enrich expertise and improve agency efficiency. As deputy executive director of the...

The VA’s Company Man

September 8, 2015 Sloan Gibson spent five years interacting with service members while running the USO. But it’s his previous 20 years as a banking executive he draws on in his role as the No. 2 executive in a scandal-rocked Veterans Affairs Department. An advantage for the 1975 West Point graduate is his...

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