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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 Officials Defend Fair Pay Rule Against ‘Blacklist’ Charges

September 29, 2015 Facing a barrage of criticism stemming from President Obama’s fair pay, safe workplace executive order, White House and Labor Department officials on Tuesday appeared at a House subcommittee hearing to defend the plan against industry charges that it would “blacklist” innocent contractors and stifle small business competition through burdensome record-keeping....

IRS Gave Executive Bonuses Totaling $6 Million Over Five Years

September 29, 2015 During five years spent under steady fire from Republicans in Congress, the Internal Revenue Service gave out 1,269 performance awards and retention incentives to 351 Office of Chief Counsel executive managers worth a total of $5.97 million, according to new numbers released to the publisher Tax Analysts under the Freedom...

Senators Push to Broaden Inspector General Access to Documents

September 28, 2015 In a challenge to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, a bipartisan group of a dozen senators introduced legislative language to widen inspectors general access to agency documents that under current policy are protected due to privacy concerns. Inspectors general for years have complained that agencies—among them the FBI—have...

Historic Effort to Track Stimulus Spending Wraps Up

September 28, 2015 On Sept. 21, Internet access was halted at the high-security Recovery Operations Center — the government’s most groundbreaking anti-fraud unit — housed in the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board offices, kitty-corner to the White House. The board, set up in April 2009 to track itemized spending of what became an...

GSA Steers Pentagon to $1 Billion Contract to Track Global Threats

September 25, 2015 The Defense Department will gain support for its operations to monitor and mitigate worldwide threats under a new services contract with Booz Allen Hamilton, the General Services Administration announced on Thursday. The $937 million award is the largest to date under GSA’s OASIS flexible strategic sourcing program focused on integrated...

Agencies Report Low Budgets and Staff for Online Privacy Protection

September 24, 2015 As the damage toll grows from this year’s breach of federal personnel data, a new survey shows federal managers reporting low budgets and short-staffing as they focus more than the private sector on compliance with procedures for preventing data loss. Agency employees in 70 percent of government programs cited insufficient...

Issa Cites Tensions with Executive Branch on Bipartisan DATA Act

September 23, 2015 The act Congress passed last year to standardize and publicize government data eventually became bipartisan, but resistance may now come from the agencies through half-hearted implementation, said its chief author, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. When co-sponsor Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., “joined the fray, it became clearly apolitical,” Issa told reporters...

Issa Says He’s Never Voted to Shut Down the Government

September 23, 2015 The former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel on Wednesday denied any responsibility for the current budget stalemate that risks a government shutdown. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said he has “never voted for a shutdown and never will,” noting he consistently votes for bills that would keep...

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...