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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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Agencies Break Records Meeting Small Business Contracting Goals

June 26, 2015 Agency buyers met and exceeded their statutory goal of awarding 23 percent of contract dollars to small businesses in fiscal 2014, the Small Business Administration announced on Friday, handing out a best-ever 24.99 percent of awards to eligible small firms and topping the previous record of 23 percent last year....

IRS Destroyed Tapes with Lois Lerner Emails, Watchdog Confirms

June 25, 2015 In the latest wrinkle in the two-year-old investigation of alleged political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service, an inspector general on Thursday previewed a coming report describing tax agency employee destruction of back-up tapes containing emails from former Exempt Organizations division chief Lois Lerner. J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General...

Try GSA for Your Nuptial Needs

June 25, 2015 June being wedding season, you or a loved one may require a lacy white gown. Why not shop at the General Services Administration? On Wednesday, the agency’s Atlanta regional office launched a two-week “Down the Aisle Extravaganza” to auction off 3,000 items perfect for nuptials. The must-go inventory includes wedding...

Dethroned House Subcommittee Chairman Regains Gavel

June 25, 2015 In a change of heart, the leader of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has restored power to the subcommittee chairman who had vowed to be nicer to federal employees. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., was demoted last weekend after incurring the wrath of committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah,...

Amid Calls for Firing, OPM Director 'More Committed Than Ever'

June 24, 2015 The embattled director of the Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday took issue with press reports that the controversial data breach affected four times as many employees than previously disclosed, defending her agency’s long-term response to the breach and use of contracts against criticism from lawmakers and her inspector general....

The Majority of Agency Heads Don’t Actually Use Data on Program Performance

June 24, 2015 Agencies are advancing the principles of data-based performance, linking programs to mission and measuring return on investment, a new survey shows. But less than half of performance officers (48 percent) surveyed said their agency heads use performance data to drive decision-making. In a study titled “Putting Together the Performance Pieces”...

IRS May Offer Hope to Feds Affected by OPM Hack

June 23, 2015 As agencies scramble to contain damage from the data breach of federal personnel files, a senator has asked the Internal Revenue Service to assist the Office of Personnel Management to protect victims against identity theft. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., on Monday wrote to Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen asking him...

How an NPR Librarian Outdid VA Researchers in Finding Mustard Gas Victims

June 23, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department knew there were 4,000 World War II veterans who had been exposed to mustard gas during chemical experiments, the existence of which wasn’t declassified until the 1990s. But the agency’s effort to track them down and compensate any who suffered injuries went almost nowhere, according to...

Senate Confirms Neffenger to Rescue TSA

June 23, 2015 The Senate on Monday voted 81-1 to confirm Peter Neffenger as the nation’s sixth administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. A 30-year Coast Guard veteran who leaves that service as vice commandant, Neffenger will be sworn in at a time when TSA has been jolted by poor performance on an...

Subcommittee Chair Who Was Trying to Be Nicer to Feds Removed After Trade Vote

June 22, 2015 After just six months as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel’s Government Operations Subcommittee, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., was removed over the weekend by the committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., in apparent retaliation for Meadows’ recent procedural vote against granting the president fast-track trade negotiating authority. A...