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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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An Agency's Own Farmers Market

July 18, 2012 Unlike most federal agencies, the Office of Personnel Management is fortunate enough enjoy “home delivery” of fresh farm products. Every Wednesday in season an array of local farmers and food vendors sets up booths at the entrance to OPM’s main building at 19th and E Streets NW in Washington. Everything ...

Labor-management council reviews employee performance measures

July 18, 2012 Some differences in how labor leaders, managers and senior executives view issues such as performance reviews emerged Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. The crossagency leadership discussion group that convened at the Office of Personnel Management reviewed progress by two agencies trying out ...

GSA chief speaks on employee morale, agency flaws

July 17, 2012 General Services Administration employees “would have to be other-than-human if they didn’t feel bad” about this year’s scandal involving agency overspending at a Las Vegas training conference, acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini told a town hall audience of information technology contractors on Tuesday. “The Western Regional Conference has not done ...

Sequestration will cost 2.14 million jobs, study says

July 17, 2012 Severe, across-the-board budget cuts slated to kick in January 2013 would cause a sharp uptick in both federal and private sector unemployment, according to an academic report commissioned by the Aerospace Industries Association and released Tuesday. According to the study of the economic impact of the 2011 Budget Control Act ...

GSA has IG look at contracts for canceled energy conference

July 17, 2012 The contracts awarded in preparation for the recently canceled GovEnergy conference have been referred to the General Services Administration inspector general, Government Executive has learned. According to a person familiar with the situation who asked not to be identified, "the issues surrounding the contracts that were uncovered as part of ...

Senator blasts GOP resistance to a budget deal that includes taxes

July 17, 2012 Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of the congressional “supercommittee” that tried unsuccessfully for a grand bargain on the budget last year, vowed never to sign onto a budget deal that relies on spending cuts without new revenues. At a Brookings Institution panel on the so-called “fiscal cliff” facing lawmakers ...

GSA pulls support for major energy conference

July 16, 2012 Organizers of GovEnergy, a major training conference for federal employees involved in energy, have canceled this year’s trade show and workshops after the scandal-wary General Services Administration withdrew its sponsorship. As first reported by energy blogger Dan Nolan and confirmed by Government Executive, GSA on Friday pulled its long-standing funding ...

Timeline: Obama’s efforts to tame the bureaucracy

July 10, 2012 During the 2008 presidential campaigns, critics were quick to point out Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s relative lack of experience leading large organizations. Three years into his term, some say the president has indeed faced a steep learning curve, as senior correspondent Charles S. Clark reported in the July issue of ...

Labor Department tries a new way of releasing sensitive jobs data

July 6, 2012 Friday’s much-anticipated monthly employment numbers were released to the news media without premature leaks or software snafus, even as the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics had begun phasing in some controversial new security procedures. “Everything went smoothly and uneventfully, with business as usual,” said Jennifer Kaplan, Labor’s director of ...

A Cautious Consumer Bureau Chief

July 6, 2012 As the newest federal agency -- and one many Republican lawmakers would still like to dismantle -- the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau treads a fine line between selling its accomplishments and avoiding handing ammunition to its critics. Such caution was on display in an interview with CFPB Director Richard Cordray ...