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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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Which Agencies Are Best At Responding to FOIA Requests?

March 10, 2015 Of the 15 major agencies that receive the most Freedom of Information Act requests, eight improved their responsiveness over the past year but none earned an “A,” according to a FOIA “report card” released Tuesday by the nonprofit Center for Effective Government. The number of agencies graded as “failing” fell...

Watchdog to Agencies: Fire More Poor Performers During Probationary Period

March 9, 2015 Federal employees who aren’t cutting the mustard should be handled by well-trained managers and not kept onboard past mandatory probationary periods, the Government Accountability Office concluded. “Supervisors who take performance management seriously and have the necessary training and support can help poorly performing employees either improve or realize they are...

How Many 112-Year-Olds Are Still Living, According to SSA?

March 9, 2015 Estimates are that only 35 people worldwide are still living at age 112. But you wouldn’t know it from the Social Security Administration’s publicly sold death master file, which still lists as living about 6.5 million number holders born before June 16, 1901, according to a new inspector general audit....

GOP Tax Panel Chairmen Press for White House Emails in IRS Probe

March 6, 2015 In a coordinated effort between House and Senate Republicans, the chairmen of the two tax committees on Wednesday asked the Internal Revenue Service commissioner for emails and other documents that might indicate sharing of private taxpayer information between the Internal Revenue Service and the White House. House Ways and Means...

Improper Payment Rate Rises Despite New Crackdown

March 6, 2015 Despite years of effort and new tools under three federal statues, the governmentwide rate of improper payments in federal benefits programs actually rose in fiscal 2014, the comptroller general testified on Wednesday. “For the first time in recent years, the governmentwide improper payment estimate significantly increased,” Gene Dodaro told the...

Many Feds Are Uncomfortable Communicating by Email

March 5, 2015 The House Select Committee on Benghazi’s subpoena for some of Hillary Clinton’s past emails comes as many federal employees profess to a wariness of online communication when addressing sensitive topics. Perhaps for good reason. At a Jan. 27 hearing of the Benghazi panel, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., tangled with State...

Should There Be a New Federal Authority for Shared Services?

March 5, 2015 Federal agencies are fairly adept at collaborating and sharing resources and services during emergencies, such as the Ebola epidemic in 2014 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Now a study released Tuesday by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service recommends a governmentwide scale-up of shared services, such as payroll functions already...

Clapper Touts Progress at Integrating Intelligence Community

March 4, 2015 James Clapper on Tuesday responded to his predecessors’ questions of whether his job as director of the Office of National Intelligence should be that of a manager, a coordinator or “an empowered quarterback.” His answer? “All of the above, with distinct roles in different situations.” Clapper said he views his...

U.S. Ebola Operation in West Africa Gets a Watchdog

March 4, 2015 The Ebola crisis may have faded from the headlines, but U.S. infrastructure-building operations in West Africa remain sizable enough to merit appointment of a lead inspector general. Jon Rymer, inspector general of the Defense Department, will broaden his portfolio to be the lead watchdog in Operation United Assistance, according to...

Long-Serving NTEU President Announces Retirement

March 4, 2015 Colleen Kelley, the face of the National Treasury Employees Union at pay and benefits hearings, Capitol Hill protests and in the news media, will retire this August, NTEU announced on Wednesday. In a memo to chapter presidents, Kelley—first elected in 1999 after 14 years as an Internal Revenue Service agent—said...

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