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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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Key Pentagon Management Official to Retire

November 5, 2013 Beth McGrath, who has served as the Defense Department’s first deputy chief management officer for the past three years, announced her retirement on Monday effective at the end of the month, the Pentagon confirmed. “Ms. McGrath has been extraordinarily effective in transforming the approach to business operations away from short-term,...

House Committee Knows Name of Secret IRS Leaker

November 4, 2013 The House Ways and Means Committee has solved the mystery of which Internal Revenue Service employee in 2012 allegedly violated the law by releasing the donor list of the conservative National Organization for Marriage to its political opposite number, the Human Rights Campaign. But because of the tax code’s privacy...

Pentagon Building Security Chief Is Accused of Abusing His Authority

November 4, 2013 The chief protector of Defense Department facilities in the Washington area abused his authority and some of his subordinates by taking improper advantage of the agency firing range, golf tournaments and meal service and by granting an unmerited promotion, according to an inspector general report made public on Monday. Steven...

Pentagon Building Security Chief Accused of Abusing Authority

November 4, 2013 The chief protector of Defense Department facilities in the Washington area abused his authority and some of his subordinates by taking improper advantage of the agency firing range, golf tournaments and meal services and by granting an unmerited promotion, according to an inspector general report made public on Monday. Steven...

OMB Reinforces Cap on Bonuses

November 4, 2013 Citing an ongoing “need to manage budget resources carefully,” the White House budget office joined with the Office of Personnel Management on Friday in directing all agency heads to stick with existing limits on individual performance awards. “Agencies are encouraged to be prudent in their awards spending,” wrote Office of...

Victim of L.A. Airport Shooting Is First TSA Officer to Die on Duty

November 1, 2013 The still-unnamed victim of Friday’s fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport appears to be the first Transportation Security Administration officer to die in the line of duty, J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, told reporters in a conference call. The fallen employee...

Will FAA Help Restore Trust in Government?

November 1, 2013 There may be opportunity in Thursday’s long-awaited decision by the Federal Aviation Administration to relax some rules against airline passenger use of electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. “We believe today’s decision honors both our commitment to safety and consumers' increasing desire to use their electronic devices during all phases...

Tight Funding Is Starving Financial Regulatory Agency, Outgoing Official Says

November 1, 2013 Though no stranger to budget battles, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission may have reached a saturation point at which its mission and agenda are being compromised. According to an interview published in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, the agency is so “cash-starved” it is “being forced to delay cases, shelve certain...

Sandy Aid Website Doesn’t Live Up to Stimulus-Tracking Standards

November 1, 2013 On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy Oct. 29, members of the Obama administration’s special interagency task force were eager to placate the homeowners and business people growing impatient with the pace of arriving grants and contracts for rebuilding. On Monday, the Housing and Urban Development Department -- which has...

Employees Who Qualify for Security Clearances Owe $85M in Back Taxes

October 31, 2013 Some 8,400 federal employees and contractors who went through background checks for security clearances owe cumulatively about $85 million in unpaid federal taxes, according to the Government Accountability Office. This amounts to 3.4 percent of the civilian executive branch employees and contractors who received clearances from 2006 through 2011, about...