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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 Becoming a 'Self-Service Store,' Deputy Commissioner Says

November 13, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service unit at the center of the political bias controversy over the past two years has made “great strides” in speeding up processing of applications for tax-exempt status, its deputy commissioner said on Thursday. But overall budget cuts have turned the agency into a “self-service store” heavily...

Ex-Employees of Bankrupt Security Clearance Firm Aim to Resolve Some Unfinished Business

November 13, 2015 Former staffers of one of the government’s most prominent defunct contractors continue to battle for a share of a shrinking pie. As many as 2,000 jobless former employees of U.S. Investigative Services (USIS) are proceeding with a class-action suit against the firm’s ex-directors and officers, seeking redress under the Worker...

Justice Department Underlines Agency Regulatory Authority, Amid GOP Attacks

November 12, 2015 Curbing federal agencies’ regulatory powers was a big theme during the Republican presidential debate earlier this week. “We need to pass the REINS Act so Congress is in charge of regulation,” candidate Carly Fiorina said during Tuesday night’s event, referring to a House-passed bill that would require federal agencies to...

Intelligence Whistleblowers Need More Protection, Advocate Group Argues

November 12, 2015 A bone of contention in the nearly 30 months since National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of a domestic surveillance program has been whether the since-defrocked Booz Allen Hamilton employee could have channeled his complaints through in-house supervisors. The answer is an emphatic no, according to a new...

National Security Whistleblowers Need More Protections, Advocates Say

November 11, 2015 A bone of contention in the nearly 30 months since National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of a domestic surveillance program has been whether the since-defrocked Booz Allen Hamilton employee could have channeled his complaints through in-house supervisors. The answer is an emphatic no, according to a new...

CBO Has Overestimated Revenues Since 1982

November 11, 2015 Revenue forecasts from the Congressional Budget Office have averaged “a bit too high” since 1982, the nonpartisan arm of Congress acknowledged on Tuesday, adding the caveat that its overall accuracy has “been similar to that of the projections of other agencies.” On average, CBO has overestimated total revenues by 1.1...

Pentagon's Better Buying Power Wins Plaudits from Business Group

November 10, 2015 Five years after the Defense Department launched its series of Better Buying Power initiatives, its evolving, multi-component reform plan for weapons acquisition has proven to be the best available approach, a business group said on Tuesday. The plan launched by Ash Carter well before he became Defense secretary is described...

Homeland Security Leaders See Progress in ‘Unity of Effort’

November 10, 2015 Eighteen months after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson launched a “unity of effort” initiative for his department’s far-flung components, his leaders back the concept but don’t always see its direct applicability to their organizational units, according to a survey released Monday. Progress toward the cohesion needed by the 240,000-strong department...

Senior Executives Association Names Interim President

November 10, 2015 Tim Dirks, a onetime director of human Resources management at the Energy Department, on Tuesday was named interim president of the Senior Executives Association. The presidency was vacated this month with the retirement of SEA’s longtime leader Carol Bonosaro, who remains president emeritus and will stay on staff after moving...

Two-Thirds of Federal IT Managers Fear a Security Breach from Colleagues

November 9, 2015 The privileged access to multiple computer accounts enjoyed by agency administrators creates serious vulnerabilities that risk disclosure of sensitive data or personally identifiable information, according to a survey of federal information managers released Monday. “With inadequate privileged account management in place, users - or cyber criminals posing as qualified users”...