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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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Agencies Looking for Internal Data Turn to USASpending.gov

June 16, 2015 It’s surprising how many agencies now use USASpending.gov to “access their own data,” said David Lebryk, the fiscal assistant Treasury secretary who on Monday delivered an upbeat assessment of governmentwide progress in implementing the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. “We’re off to a great start on tough challenges, but...

Disputed Power Maneuver Divides Chemical Safety Board

June 15, 2015 The Chemical Safety Board, still struggling with vacancies as it seeks stability following the forced resignation of its chairman in March, divided sharply last Thursday over an unusual procedural move that empowered the interim chairman. Board member Rick Engler, Government Executive has learned, on Friday sent the staff a note,...

IRS Chief Reiterates That the White House Had No Role in Lois Lerner Document Review

June 15, 2015 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen has rebutted suggestions from House Republicans on the Oversight and Government Reform panel that his agency had a “special project team” that bypassed normal procedures in reviewing document production for various investigations into alleged political targeting. In a June 11 letter to Oversight and Government...

Military Chiefs Say They’re Often Blindsided By Acquisition Problems

June 12, 2015 Interviews with 12 current and former military service chiefs reveal strong dissatisfaction with their Pentagon acquisition colleagues, who too often change the requirements for weapons systems or demand additional capability, according to the Government Accountability Office. “Some current and former service chiefs said that because they lack visibility into programs,...

Senators Offer Plan to Streamline Program Management

June 12, 2015 Agency program managers equipped with management practices from high-performing private-sector organizations could go far in heading off wasteful spending, two senators said on Thursday as they introduced the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. The bill (S. 1550) would streamline “efforts and outlines strategies to correct widespread deficiencies, lax oversight...

Contractors Want Guidance from Feds on OPM Hack

June 12, 2015 Like federal employees, federal contractors are waiting for agencies to explain exactly what the OPM data breach affecting 4 million employees means for them. “Everyone’s on standby to find out if they are impacted,” said Pam Walker, senior director for homeland security at the information industry’s IT Alliance for Public...

OPM Hacking Deals Yet Another Blow to Federal Morale

June 11, 2015 The damage from this spring’s breach of 4 million employee and retiree records at the Office of Personnel Management is still being sorted out, but one immediate side effect is becoming clear: the incident further hurt the pride of the federal workforce. “The latest cyberattack is yet another blow to...

Warner Pushes for DATA Act Follow-Through

June 11, 2015 A year after enactment of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., on Wednesday pronounced himself pleased with joint-agency progress on implementation, a less-than-glamorous task made “extremely difficult under the stupidity of sequestration,” he said. “Memo to future Congresses, don’t put the stupid option as the default...

Compensation for Iran Hostages Cleared by Senate Panel

June 10, 2015 Long-sought legislation to provide financial relief to survivors and relatives of the 52 Americans held hostage by Iranian revolutionaries in 1979-81 cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. The bipartisan measure, sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., would compensate as many as 151 individuals directly or indirectly affected by...

Agency Deputies: We Get No Credit for Successes, and All the Blame for Failures

June 10, 2015 Agency chief operating officers, often the deputy secretary, “get no credit when things go well, and all the blame when they don’t,” according to one who answered the first published survey of COOs. “When I ask former deputy secretaries, ‘What’s the job description?’ they say, ‘See the tethered goat in...

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