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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VA Accounts for More Than One-Third of Government’s Whistleblower Complaints

September 22, 2015 Employees of the Veterans Affairs Department have filed a stunning 35 percent of the 4,000 prohibited personnel practice complaints the government has received so far in 2015, surpassing the rate of the much-larger civilian workforce at the Defense Department, a Senate panel learned Tuesday. Carolyn Lerner, who heads the Office...

White Houses Seeks to Accelerate Infrastructure Projects

September 22, 2015 Though plans for larger national infrastructure investments remain stalled in Congress, two key players at the White House on Tuesday unveiled new guidance aimed at speeding up permitting and better tracking agency projects. Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan and Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christy Goldfuss...

Contractors Are Reminded the President Always Wins in Shutdown Battles

September 21, 2015 Going back to Ronald Reagan, “the president has won every shutdown battle ever,” attorney John Cooney, who was Office of Management and Budget general counsel during the 1995-96 government shutdowns, assured contractors on Monday. Ever since the OMB first drafted agency procedures for handling shutdowns in 1980, “The White House...

IRS Phone Service Got Much Worse in an Otherwise Solid Filing Season

September 21, 2015 This story has been updated. Just as leaders at the Internal Revenue Service had warned, the level of toll-free telephone service the agency provided to taxpayers during the 2015 filing season dropped precipitously compared to previous years as a result of budget cuts, a watchdog found. In answering 8.3 million...

Inspectors General Express Frustration with Slow Hiring, Cyber-Threats

September 18, 2015 Many of the 72 federal inspectors general fear that this year’s data breach at the Office of Personnel Management could affect the willingness of individuals and agencies to share data for program management and oversight purposes, a new survey found. Half those responding to the third annual survey by the...

Nine Census Employees Were Paid for 100 Full Days They Did Not Work

September 18, 2015 As many as 40 Census Bureau employees who process background checks on new hires and contractors fudged their time-and-attendance reports by a total of nearly 20,000 hours, costing the government some $1.1 million, according to the Commerce Department inspector general. Workers in the bureau’s Hiring and Employment Check Office-- which...

GSA Softens Role as Office ‘Space Police’ in Seeking Budget Savings

September 17, 2015 In December 2011, General Services Administration staff found themselves studying a line graph that tracked energy use at the Captain John F. Williams Coast Guard Building in Boston. The metering data revealed that heating and electricity costs for the non-work day just after Christmas were the same as for a...

Fed Up With Government Waste and Red Tape? So are Feds

September 16, 2015 Shutdowns, sequestration, continuing resolutions and blocked appointments have long been recognized as symptoms of Washington dysfunction. Less widely known is the extent to which executive branch officials are hamstrung by congressional overseers who grab headlines and play politics with scant knowledge of programs and management challenges. On Thursday, the nonprofit...

FAA Whistleblowers Vindicated for Safety Warnings

September 16, 2015 The Office of Special Counsel on Tuesday said five air traffic controllers in the Detroit area were right to blow the whistle on public safety risks from the automated introduction of multiple, sometimes-conflicting flight plans. In a letter to President Obama and lawmakers, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said the Transportation...

Pentagon Civilian Worker Reclassification Draws Fire

September 15, 2015 A Defense Department draft document aimed at bringing a World War II-era personnel system into the information age would reclassify thousands of civilian workers, moving them outside of the traditional civil service system and prompting the government’s largest employee union to denounce the plan as a violation of employees’ rights...

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