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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 Chief Warns Budget Cuts Harming Recruitment, Customer Service

March 31, 2015 A brain drain and budget cuts are endangering the long-term manageability of the Internal Revenue Service, its commissioner warned on Tuesday, though employee handling of the current tax filing season is going “swimmingly,” contrary to expectations. “The underfunding of the agency is the most critical challenge facing the IRS today,”...

Lawmaker Moves to Remake Air Traffic Control as a Corporation

March 30, 2015 As managed by the Federal Aviation Administration, the nation’s air traffic control system has for decades prompted complaints about faltering funding from Congress and a top-heavy bureaucracy that is slow to exploit new technology. With Congress gearing up to reauthorize the FAA by September, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., is taxiing...

House Advances Bill to Curb Contract ‘Bundling’ that Favors Large Companies

March 30, 2015 Citing a shortage of accurate data on small business contracting, a House panel last week approved an umbrella bill (H.R. 1481) aimed at forcing agencies to curb practices seen as freezing out smaller bidders and requested a new Government Accountability Office study on small business goals. “We know that when...

House Defense Acquisition Reform Plan Seen as Step in the Right Direction

March 27, 2015 After 16 months of anticipation inside the Pentagon and the defense industry, the House Armed Services Committee chairman earlier this week unveiled his plan for streamlining the acquisition process and enhancing workforce training. “More than being monetarily wasteful, dysfunction in the acquisition process is sapping America’s technological edge and robbing...

Law Enforcement Agency Supervisors Turned Blind Eye to 'Loud Parties With Prostitutes'

March 26, 2015 Following up on the 2012 prostitution scandal among Drug Enforcement Administration employees in Cartagena, Colombia, a Justice Department watchdog on Thursday noted “systemic issues” in sexual misconduct and harassment reporting processes in four of the department’s law enforcement components. While uncovering relatively few allegations in the review period of 2009-2012,...

Ways and Means Readies a Batch of Bills Targeting IRS

March 26, 2015 Now that they control both chambers of Congress, Republicans are wasting no time advancing pent-up bills intended to crack down on alleged political bias at the Internal Revenue Service, moving a batch of bills out of the Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday for coming floor action. Though the most...

OMB Ratchets Up Pressure on Agencies to Reduce Office Space

March 25, 2015 U.S. Controller David Mader on Wednesday announced an acceleration of the Obama administration’s effort to sell off excess or underused federal real estate, outlining a new national strategy that goes beyond demands that agencies “freeze the footprint” by asking them to actually reduce it. In an Office of Management and...

Modified FOIA Reform Bill Clears House Oversight Panel

March 25, 2015 A bipartisan bill to impose stricter demands on agencies to cough up documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act advanced on Wednesday when the House and Government Reform Committee approved a version recently modified in preparation for floor action. The FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act (H.R. 653) introduced by...

Pentagon’s Quest for Clean Books Takes Hit

March 24, 2015 Just over a year ago, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale (since retired) told Government Executive that the Marine Corps’ receipt of a clean audit opinion for its fiscal 2012 financial statement “validates our strategy,” in the Defense Department’s bid to fully audit its books by 2017. This Monday, that effort suffered...

Survey: Feds Favor Face-to-Face Meetings Over Videoconferencing

March 24, 2015 A new survey of federal employees facing Obama administration cutbacks in travel and conferences shows that a whopping nine out of 10 believe that face-to-face events and meetings are key to effective performance and fulfillment of agency missions. As many as 92 percent said engaging with colleagues, peers, partners and...

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