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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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Congress' Lack of Long-Term Wildfire Funding Plan Leaves USDA Chief 'Deeply Disappointed'

December 21, 2015 As Congress put final touches on the massive fiscal 2016 spending bill last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote to say he was “deeply disappointed” in the absence of long-term funding for Forest Service fire teams who battled record-setting flames this year. “In 2015, more than 56,000 fires burned 9.8...

The White House is Violating Its Own Transparency Policy

December 21, 2015 The White House office in charge of enforcing agency compliance with President Obama’s open government directive has itself failed to comply with requirements that it update guidance in a timely manner, a coalition of 20 transparency groups charged on Monday. The Office of Management and Budget has also declined to...

Shared Services Save Money, With One Caveat

December 18, 2015 Interagency pooling of routine purchases under the rubric of shared services saves money and improves quality, according to a survey of 300 public and private-sector organizations, newly published in a trio of reports from Deloitte and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. More than 90 percent of those interviewed about...

IRS Spared Some Budget Cuts But Loses Power to Curb Nonprofits

December 17, 2015 For two years, Republicans in Congress have pursued budget cuts at the Internal Revenue Service as punishment for its mishandling of applications for tax-exempt status. But some of those cuts—long protested by Commissioner John Koskinen and others as destructive to taxpayer service—would be restored under the 2,000-page $1.1 trillion omnibus...

Admiral Resented Hotline Complaints, Pentagon IG Finds

December 17, 2015 Reportedly having labeled the inspector general system as “malicious,” the commander of the Navy’s Special Operations Africa based in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2011 retaliated inappropriately against anonymous subordinates who filed complaints about him, according to reports released on Thursday by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General. Separately, an Army lieutenant...

NOAA Forks Over Some Climate Change Documents

December 17, 2015 In the latest wrinkle in the battle over climate change between a House overseer and a federal agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday delivered some internal communications documents demanded by the lawmaker that are related to a controversial scientific study of global temperature change. That was good...

Three Ethics Agencies Make Pitches for Reauthorization

December 16, 2015 It’s been more than seven years since the three major federal ethics agencies were last reauthorized. Members of a House panel on Wednesday expressed hope they could remedy that situation, but they first demanded that the agency heads justify their roles and display more aggressiveness in tackling misbehavior at agencies...

NSA Will Overhaul Its Workforce Next Year

December 16, 2015 Come January, employees of the National Security Agency will see the fruits of a 10-month “director’s charge” review of the top-secret organization’s structure, its leader, Adm. Mike Rogers, said on Tuesday night. The modernization effort titled “NSA21,” the first since the late 1990s, will address workforce development; collaboration and integration;...

National Security Agency to Unveil Workforce Restructuring in January

December 16, 2015 Come January, employees of the National Security Agency will see the fruits of a 10-month “director’s charge” review of the top-secret organization’s structure, its leader, Adm. Mike Rogers, said on Tuesday night. The modernization effort titled “NSA21,” the first since the late 1990s, will address workforce development; collaboration and integration;...

Obama Increases SES Performance Award Spending Cap

December 15, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday signed a long-awaited executive order on strengthening the Senior Executive Service that streamlines recruiting and hiring while raising the aggregate spending cap on executive performance awards from the current 4.8 percent cap to 7.5 percent. The new cap, equal to the average agency percentage spent in...