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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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IRS and SEC detect fraud patterns in heaps of data

October 16, 2012 Advanced analytics is transforming the ability of at least two agencies that handle confidential financial information to ferret out fraud and save the government money, according to a panel of federal and private-sector specialists. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service are embracing new data mining tools ...

SEC faulted on record-keeping performance

October 15, 2012 The Securities and Exchange Commission lacks clear policies and proper training in records management, according to a recent audit. Jon Rymer, the interim SEC inspector general, surveyed and interviewed employees to determine whether the agency’s Office of Records Management Services had thoroughly complied with President Obama’s November 2011 memorandum on ...

A Spiffy New Foreign Service Journal

October 12, 2012 A crowd of some 100 active and retired diplomats gathered on Thursday in the elegant Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room on the State Department’s eighth floor to celebrate the new look of the 88-year-old Foreign Service Journal. Organized by the American Foreign Service Association, the event included a relayed message ...

GSA strives to become the 'civilian DARPA'

October 12, 2012 As the General Services Administration moves beyond last spring’s scandal over lavish spending at a Las Vegas training conference, it is pursuing innovation in ways that could make it a “civilian [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency],” acting chief Dan Tangherlini said Thursday. “A huge amount of innovation comes from the ...

Feds are underpaid, former Obama economic adviser says

October 12, 2012 An underpaid federal workforce is one of many short-sighted legacies the nation risks passing to the next generation if it fails to spur the economy through long-term investments in infrastructure, economist Larry Summers said Thursday. “If the federal work force is underpaid, that will compromise our children as well,” the ...

Homeland Security IG disputes charge of wasteful spending

October 11, 2012 A transparency advocacy group’s report charging nine federal offices with wasteful spending on commemorative items mischaracterized $700,000 spent by the Homeland Security Department inspector general’s office, the IG said in a statement released Thursday. Cause of Action, a nonprofit watch group, recently published results of a study based on Freedom ...

Watchdog alerts troops in Afghanistan to new IED dangers

October 11, 2012 A watchdog has warned U.S. troops and commanders in Afghanistan of a heightened threat of attacks using improvised explosive devices as a result of inaccurate inspection reports by Afghan contractors. In an Oct. 10 safety alert sent to top Marine generals James Mattis and John Allen, Special Inspector General for ...

Democrats forecast sequestration’s toll on nondefense programs, jobs

October 10, 2012 With most of the warnings against automatic budget cuts focusing on defense, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a detailed projection of sequestration’s likely harm to domestic programs, including air traffic control and border protection. In an Oct. 9 Dear Colleague letter signed by Rep. Norman Dicks, ...

Agencies still buying iPods, yo-yos, coins and other swag

October 10, 2012 This story has been updated. Nine agency offices may have violated a presidential order by continuing to purchase promotional items such as coins, clothing and plaques, according to an investigation by the right-leaning nonprofit government accountability group Cause of Action. Using Freedom of Information Act requests and other public documents, ...

IRS names acting commissioner

October 10, 2012 The IRS announced Wednesday that Steven Miller would become the agency's acting commissioner after its current chief, Doug Shulman, steps down Nov. 9. Shulman's five-year term ends next month, and he had announced earlier this year that he did not want to be nominated to a second term. The appointment ...