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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Agency’s ‘Technical Competence and Compassion’ Protect Retirement for Millions

September 3, 2014 Josh Gotbaum’s final day as director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. was timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the landmark law that created the agency, the 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Act. In a Tuesday email to his staff of 2,300, Gotbaum, appointed by President Obama and...

Many Federal Job Descriptions Are Dated

September 3, 2014 The decades-long effort to modernize 420 federal job classifications would benefit from improved data tracking on which jobs are too last-century, the Government Accountability Office reported on Tuesday. Though the Office of Personnel Management has paid heed to its charge of maintaining a General Schedule that is simple, flexible, fair...

Chemical Safety Board Chief Warns of Deadly Factory Explosions

September 2, 2014 The embattled chairman of the independent Chemical Safety Board took to the pages of the New York Times last week to step up pressure on federal workplace health regulators to issue a new rule on dangerous dust. Rafael Moure-Eraso, whose management troubles prompted calls for his resignation at a House...

White House Touts Regulatory Neighborliness With Canada

September 2, 2014 President Obama’s regulatory point man announced a plan he called a “significant pivot point” in international regulatory cooperation affecting U.S. trade with Canada. Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, on Friday outlined new “federal agency-level partnership arrangements to help institutionalize the way our regulators work...

Has the IRS Become Gun-Shy on Regulating Nonprofits?

August 29, 2014 Tax-exempt status denied, said the July 25 form letter from the Internal Revenue Service. The unnamed applicant for status as a charity appears to be a mind-control group, “dedicated to protecting the human rights of defenseless victims of involuntary microwave and mind control attacks,” according to an Aug. 18 report...

Is the Government Taking Feds’ Tax Debt Seriously Enough?

August 28, 2014 At least one senator wants the national intelligence chief to send a stronger message that failure by federal employees and contractors to pay back taxes is a threat to national security. In an Aug. 26 letter to National Intelligence Director James Clapper, Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester highlighted a July...

IGs Should Do a Better Job of Helping Whistleblowers

August 27, 2014 Several agencies are falling short on compliance with the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act’s requirements for posting information about internal ombudsman programs, a whistleblower advocacy nonprofit has found. A survey of websites of 72 inspectors general conducted by the Project on Government Oversight faulted the IGs at the Homeland Security...

Immigration Judges Want to Break Free from the Justice Department

August 27, 2014 This summer’s influx of Central American children across the U.S. Southwest border has not only created a record backlog in immigration courts, it has thrown into relief a need to sever those courts from supervision by the Justice and Homeland Security departments. That’s the view of two immigration judges who...

Issa Attacks Labor Department's Elevator Posters, PR Contests

August 26, 2014 The top House Republican oversight chief has blasted the Labor Department for “frivolously” spending tax dollars on public relations contests, inspirational elevator posters and a trip to a New York awards ceremony. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, charged in an Aug. 25...

Ex-Pentagon Management Chief Isn't Worried By Spate of Staff Departures

August 26, 2014 After eight months serving private-sector clients, Beth McGrath, the Defense Department’s former deputy chief management officer, expressed confidence in the ability of her successors to handle the many challenges in front of them. In an interview with Government Executive discussing budget cuts, auditing and acquisition reform, McGrath, now a director...

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