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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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GSA Watchdog Details Clash That Drove Sharpe from Acquisition Service

June 29, 2017 Days after the story broke that the General Services Administration’s resigned head of acquisition was now a whistleblower, the GSA inspector general released the full, unredacted report on Tom Sharpe’s clash with Denise Turner Roth over control of a technology modernization fund. Sharpe’s complaint—which the IG substantiated and forwarded to...

As Trump Budget Cuts Loom, Feds Adjust Their Training

June 29, 2017 More than half of federal human resources specialists fear that coming budget cuts will impinge on training aimed at improving employee engagement, officials and former officials noted at a Wednesday panel sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration and the private Management Concepts. In an online survey conducted this...

Taxpayer Advocate Praises IRS for Solid Filing Season but Jabs Focus on Enforcement

June 28, 2017 Even with its shrunken workforce, the Internal Revenue Service delivered a solid filing season performance this spring, the National Taxpayer Advocate said in a new report, but the agency needs to stress taxpayer education over strict enforcement and toughen supervision of private debt collectors. Nina Olson, in her mandatory 2017...

Contractors Object to Parts of OMB's Agency Reporting Reductions

June 27, 2017 A group representing 400 services and information technology contractors has asked the Office of Management and Budget to revamp several of the 59 changes announced on June 15 in its memo on easing the reporting burden on agencies. The Arlington, Va.-based Professional Services Council, though supportive in general of the...

GSA Swears in Acquisition Chief as Predecessor Emerges as Whistleblower

June 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former Defense Department acquisition official and private-industry veteran Alan Thomas was sworn in Monday as commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, just two weeks after incumbent Tom Sharpe abruptly resigned. Sharpe’s resignation followed acting General Services Administration chief Tim Horne’s announcement that the agency’s newly stood up Technology Transformation Service...

GSA Swears in Acquisition Chief as Predecessor Emerges as Whistleblower

June 26, 2017 Former Defense Department acquisition official and private-industry veteran Alan Thomas was sworn in Monday as commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, just two weeks after incumbent Tom Sharpe abruptly resigned. Sharpe’s resignation followed acting General Services Administration chief Tim Horne’s announcement that the agency’s newly stood-up Technology Transformation Service would...

Trump's Rows of Unfilled Agency Jobs Could Bump Up Against Vacancies Act

June 23, 2017 New presidential administrations get a break under the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act: an extra 90 days to fill top agency jobs in addition to the 210-day maximum for which acting officials can fill in. But according to the latest tracker by The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public...

Homeland Security Awards Grants to Counter Domestic Extremism

June 23, 2017 Twenty-six law enforcement and community groups will receive the Trump administration Homeland Security Department’s first Countering Violent Extremism grants, the department announced on Friday. The program, enacted by Congress in December 2015 and planned on a strategic level by the Obama administration last November, funds community-led initiatives to “combat all...

Should DCAA Hand Certain Audits to Commercial Firms?

June 22, 2017 Deep inside the House Armed Services Committee’s acquisition reform bill (H.R. 2511) unveiled in May is a provision broadening language to give Pentagon managers greater authority to bypass the Defense Contract Audit Agency to tap private-sector expertise. Adjusting a provision in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act giving outside auditing...

Two Advocacy Groups Sue Trump Over Presidential Records

June 22, 2017 Two anti-secrecy nonprofits on Thursday filed suit against President Trump alleging that his administration’s centralization of decision making in the White House and the use of social media by him and his staff violate laws such as the 1978 Presidential Records Act. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court...