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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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Obama Budget Plan Challenges Cuts to Training, Customer Service

March 4, 2014 President Obama’s $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget gives a nod to bipartisanship on agreed-upon spending levels, but it takes on political opponents by calling to restore agency training and customer service. “Our citizens and businesses expect their government to provide the same level of service experienced in the private sector ...

Inside the Tech Team Fixing the Obamacare Website

March 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a feat of journalistic access, the cover story in the current Time magazine offers a glimpse inside the “hastily assembled group of tech wizards” who came to Washington to revive the near-collapsed HealthCare.gov. The behind-the-paywall feature titled “Code Red” is by longtime legal publisher Steven Brill, who has executed ...

It’s Official: Shutting Down National Parks Last Year Was Bad for Local Communities

March 3, 2014 National Park Service officials said a 7.9 million drop in park visitors during last October’s 16-day government shutdown cost local economies $414 million, with gateway communities within 60 miles of 45 major parks losing $2 million. Every dollar of emergency funding states ponied up for 14 national parks before the ...

House Passes Bill to Revamp Consumer Agency

March 3, 2014 House Republican lawmakers, many of whom have opposed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since it was first created in 2010, have succeeded in prolonging their protest, passing a bill to remake the young agency’s leadership structure, funding and authority to track consumer data. The House on Feb. 27 voted 232 ...

House Votes for Independent Study of New Regulations

February 28, 2014 House Republicans on Friday topped off their “Stop Government Abuse Week” by passing a years-in-the-works bill to require newly proposed federal regulations to be independently analyzed by entities such as the Congressional Budget Office to gauge their burden on businesses and state and local governments. The Unfunded Mandates Information and ...

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 ...