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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Bill to Revamp Federal Property Disposal Headed to Obama’s Desk

December 13, 2016 After more than four years of back-and-forth with the White House budget office, Congress on Saturday passed bipartisan legislation aimed at streamlining the disposal of unneeded federal properties. The Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act (H.R. 4465), which cleared the House in May and the Senate this weekend, would require...

Trump Team’s Energy Questions Stir Fears of Retaliation Against Civil Servants

December 12, 2016 Friday’s revelation that the Trump transition team had sent a 74-item questionnaire to Energy Department employees asking about their work on climate change has prompted warnings of possible civil service law violations from lawmakers. The Trump request, first reported by Bloomberg and Politico, is also being monitored by science associations...

Inspector General Empowerment Act Clears Congress

December 12, 2016 The Senate on Saturday handed the government’s 72 inspectors general a victory by approving, unanimously, a House-passed bill to enhance the watchdogs’ abilities to commandeer agency documents previously held due to privacy or other concerns. The Inspector General Empowerment Act (H.R. 6450), sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who shepherded...

Open Government Act Clears Senate, Cheering Data Advocates

December 12, 2016 The Senate in a Saturday session unanimously approved the Open Government Data Act designed to require agencies—including the Government Accountability Office and the Federal Election Commission—to routinely publish their data in non-proprietary machine-readable formats. The bill (S. 2852), introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, would make publishing open data an...

House Clears Two Whistleblower Protection Bills to Send to Obama

December 9, 2016 Congress continues to march toward greater rights for whistleblowers. On Dec. 5 the House cleared a Senate-passed bill sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., to extend and make permanent current whistleblower protections to nearly all federal government grantees, subgrantees, contractors and subcontractors. The bill (S. 795) would also prohibit contractors...

Annual Defense Bill Has Major Implications for Feds’ Leave, Pay

December 9, 2016 Among the myriad provisions packed in the major defense authorization bill that cleared Congress Thursday are new curbs on agency administrative leave to prevent long periods where employees who are under investigation can’t report to work but are paid. The final version of the act also included language that will...

Lawmakers Press Patent Office for Crackdown on Timecard Abuse

December 8, 2016 The Patent and Trademark Office came under fire on Wednesday by lawmakers and an inspector general who retain their past skepticism that the agency—with its famed telework program-- is doing enough to curb time-card abuse by some examiners. While the agency delivered an upbeat progress report and the union leader...

GSA Uses Final Weeks Under Obama to Advance Shared Services, Category Management

December 8, 2016 With the transition to a Trump administration well under way, the General Services Administration is moving to further institutionalize the Obama administration’s push to make agencies more efficient and effective stewards of taxpayer dollars by sharing more back-end administrative services and adopting category management as a procurement model. On Wednesday,...

Lawmaker Seeking to Impeach IRS Chief Targets Public Service Award

December 8, 2016 Wednesday’s House oversight hearing was supposed to address time-and-attendance troubles at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. But one congressman actively seeking the impeachment of the Internal Revenue commissioner used his time to question a good-government nonprofit for having given IRS chief John Koskinen a public service award. Rep. Jim...

GOP Lawmakers Say State Department Should Trim Fancy Embassies

December 7, 2016 After two years’ research, Republicans on the main House oversight panel on Tuesday released a report blasting the State Department for building embassies overseas that “prioritize… architectural significance over security and cost efficiency.” Department officials and Democrats on the committee disagreed. The staff report from the Oversight and Government Reform...

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