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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Pentagon's Better Buying Power Wins Plaudits from Business Group

November 10, 2015 Five years after the Defense Department launched its series of Better Buying Power initiatives, its evolving, multi-component reform plan for weapons acquisition has proven to be the best available approach, a business group said on Tuesday. The plan launched by Ash Carter well before he became Defense secretary is described...

Homeland Security Leaders See Progress in ‘Unity of Effort’

November 10, 2015 Eighteen months after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson launched a “unity of effort” initiative for his department’s far-flung components, his leaders back the concept but don’t always see its direct applicability to their organizational units, according to a survey released Monday. Progress toward the cohesion needed by the 240,000-strong department...

Senior Executives Association Names Interim President

November 10, 2015 Tim Dirks, a onetime director of human Resources management at the Energy Department, on Tuesday was named interim president of the Senior Executives Association. The presidency was vacated this month with the retirement of SEA’s longtime leader Carol Bonosaro, who remains president emeritus and will stay on staff after moving...

Two-Thirds of Federal IT Managers Fear a Security Breach from Colleagues

November 9, 2015 The privileged access to multiple computer accounts enjoyed by agency administrators creates serious vulnerabilities that risk disclosure of sensitive data or personally identifiable information, according to a survey of federal information managers released Monday. “With inadequate privileged account management in place, users - or cyber criminals posing as qualified users”...

Feds to Undergo Privacy Training Under OMB’s New IT Guidance

November 9, 2015 White House guidance for streamlining information technology management will impose important new privacy training requirements on employees across government, a privacy expert tells Government Executive. Administration officials expect to finalize the guidelines in December. On Oct. 21, the Office of Management and Budget released for public comment the first revisions...

Pentagon Advised to Sharpen Sexual Assault Prevention

November 6, 2015 The Defense Department’s ongoing effort to reduce sexual assaults involving service members--estimates of which topped 20,000 for 2013—is hampered by unclear links between prevention strategies and desired outcomes at military installations around the world, a watchdog found. Though some reports show a reduction in assaults, the Government Accountability Office in...

Inspectors General Continue Battle With Justice Over Document Access

November 5, 2015 The ongoing dispute over whether inspectors general need full access to all agency documents took a new turn on Wednesday after the Justice Department wrote to lawmakers proposing a narrow change in current law that would preserve some agencies’ powers to withhold specified documents relating to national security, grand jury...

Lawmaker Claims NOAA Altered Climate Change Data, Issues Rare Subpoena for Internal Research Docs

November 5, 2015 A key House chairman and climate change skeptic is extending a months-long clash with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by issuing an unusual subpoena seeking internal scientific research documents that the agency considers confidential. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, first requested...

There’s Now a Less Than 1 Percent Chance Your Tax Returns Will Be Audited

November 4, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service, with 22 percent fewer agents than it had five years ago, on Tuesday reported its lowest percentage of tax returns audited in 11 years. Commissioner John Koskinen told a gathering of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants that his agency is “especially concerned about the...

Latest Obama Transparency Plan Seeks Improved Email Recordkeeping

November 4, 2015 The Obama administration’s third “National Action Plan” to commit to international partners to promote transparency contains an ambitious array of promises—ranging from pushing out data related to climate change, to publishing federal infrastructure permitting on a central dashboard, to promoting evidence-based program reviews. But the broadest provisions of the plan...

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