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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HHS Finds Taxpayers Some Help Navigating Obamacare Requirements

January 29, 2015 The annual headaches of filing a tax return this year will be compounded by the first round of reporting basic income and insurance information under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that her department has enlisted an array of nonprofits...

Senators: Feds ‘Feel No Sense of Urgency’ About Granting Permits for Job-Creating Projects

January 29, 2015 Two senators joined with construction and manufacturing industry leaders on Wednesday to introduce a bipartisan bill to streamline the cumbersome federal permitting process, taking a jab at agency officials who “neglect” long-pending projects and “feel no sense of urgency.” The Federal Permitting Improvement Act “is modeled on the commonsense, bipartisan...

Consumer Agency and Financial Industry Offer Rare Display of Teamwork

January 28, 2015 In a sign of rare harmony between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the finance industry, the agency on Wednesday joined with private sector executives to announce an initiative to spread the benefits of financial education to schoolchildren and workers. Following a roundtable discussion, the agency’s Office of Financial Education...

New Plain Language Champs: Social Security, Homeland Security and SEC

January 27, 2015 Federal wordsmiths are demonstrating progress in their venerable bid to embrace plain English over bureaucratese, according to the Center for Plain Language 2014 report card released on Tuesday. In the third ratings since enactment of the 2010 Plain Language Act, 16 out of 22 departments improved over last year’s grades,...

Nonprofits Offer Help with Agency Records Management

January 27, 2015 Addressing the confusion over which agency communications must be preserved as federal records, a group of private nonprofits on Monday announced a new coalition to support the federal government’s efforts to modernize its records management infrastructure and implement information governance practices that have proved effective. “With the support of the...

Homeland Security IG Protests Redactions in Report on Airport Security Lapses

January 26, 2015 The independent watchdog at the Homeland Security Department has blasted the Transportation Security Administration for redacting key passages of a new report on security lapses at New York’s JFK airport. Inspector General John Roth also criticized procedural delays by since-departed TSA Administrator John Pistole in responding to a draft of...

It’s Hard to Know How Much Defense Is Really Spending on Conferences

January 23, 2015 The Defense Department has fallen short of compliance with a 2013 law requiring more detailed record-keeping and justifications for spending on employee conferences, a watchdog reported. The Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer “did not report accurate or complete costs” in the Pentagon’s fiscal 2013 report on conferences, the...

Geospatial Agency Chief Takes Care Not to Oversell Intelligence on the Islamic State

January 22, 2015 The speed with which the self-proclaimed Islamic State gobbled up territory in Iraq and Syria has made mapping its reach difficult, “which means we don’t try to oversell our intelligence,” the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said on Wednesday. Robert Cardillo told reporters that “the nuances and gray areas”...

Survey: Acquisition Workforce Falling Behind on Training

January 22, 2015 The buyers of products and services across government are not receiving the fresh training or modern skill sets needed to innovate and acquire the complex technology called for in today’s agency missions, according to a survey of federal acquisition employees released on Thursday. “The acquisition workforce’s skills in areas such...

Air Marshal Whistleblower Wins Supreme Court Case

January 21, 2015 The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of an air marshal whistleblower who went public with a Homeland Security Department move to reduce security coverage on long-distance flights, a 7-2 decision hailed by whistleblower advocates as a bulwark strengthening the Whistleblower Protection Act. In Department of Homeland Security v....

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