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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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Budget Officials to Agencies, Again: Show Us Your Programs Work

July 26, 2013 The top team at the Office of Management and Budget on Friday directed all agency heads to be sure their fiscal 2015 budget requests include suggestions for strengthening the “use of evidence and innovation.” As part of President Obama’s second-term management reform effort, agencies also must appoint representatives and prepare ...

Whistleblowers Blast NSA -- but Not Contracting -- for Leaks

July 26, 2013 Three of the best-known National Security Agency whistleblowers lent their support to Edward Snowden, the ex-NSA contractor who exposed domestic surveillance and still was sitting in diplomatic limbo at the Moscow airport. But the three declined to fault the increased use of federal contractors in the past decade for Snowden’s ...

Smoking Gun in IRS Scandal?

July 25, 2013 A routine White House photo is being circulated that some believe could prove or disprove Republican lawmakers’ theories that high-level politicos directed the Internal Revenue Service to target Tea Party groups in what has been called the IRS scandal. Last week, chairmen of the House Ways and Means and the ...

Sequestration, Furloughs Slow Down Review of Federal Regs

July 25, 2013 Howard Shelanski, the attorney-economist newly installed as President Obama’s regulatory chief, warned a House panel that sequestration and furloughs are delaying his office’s long-anticipated retrospective review of agency rules. Testifying at a House Small Business Committee on “red tape,” the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs said ...

Auditors Warn State Department to Monitor $50M Afghan Training Project

July 25, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry was warned on Monday that he should step up monitoring of vital judicial-sector training programs in warn-torn Afghanistan because a State Department bureau “may be scaling back its oversight of a program that is central to U.S. efforts to promote the rule of law in ...

IRS Officials’ Paid Leave and Bonuses Questioned

July 24, 2013 Paid administrative leave and bonuses given to three Internal Revenue Service officials caught up in a recent scandal have drawn fire from two key House Republican committee chairmen. In a Wednesday letter to acting IRS chief Danny Werfel, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and Oversight and Government ...

Pentagon’s Wennergren Retiring After 30 Years

July 23, 2013 Dave Wennergren, a Defense Department technology and management leader, has announced plans to retire in August after a 30-year federal career, Federal News Radio reported. Emails announcing Wennergren’s Aug. 1 going-away party circulated inside the Pentagon, though no official announcement has been made. Currently the department’s assistant deputy chief management ...

Report: New Urgency for Building Pipeline of Future Leaders

July 22, 2013 The expected retirement of two-thirds of the Senior Executive Service in the next five years makes urgent the task of building a federal leadership pipeline, says a study set for release on Tuesday. Prevention of an agency brain drain will require formal training programs, on-the-job experience and “opportunities to learn ...

Distrust, Low Morale and Compartmentalization Hinder SEC

July 19, 2013 The Securities and Exchange Commission’s organizational culture is “not constructive and could hinder its ability to effectively fulfill its mission,” the Government Accountability Office reported on Thursday. Interviews with current and past employees as well as third-party studies pointed to “low morale, distrust of management, and the compartmentalized, hierarchical, and ...

IRS 'Rogue Agents' Draw Bipartisan Praise at Scandal Hearing

July 18, 2013 Two of the so-called “rogue agents” from the Internal Revenue Service division at the center of the political targeting scandal took turns being praised for their professionalism at a Thursday House oversight hearing, but lawmakers remained divided on whether their testimony showed that the tax agency has been politically misused. ...