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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EPA Official Who Faked CIA Duty Moves to Halfway House

April 8, 2016 The longtime Environmental Protection Agency clean-air expert who skipped work while posing as a CIA agent has been released from prison and is now in a halfway house. John C. Beale, who joined EPA full-time in 1988 and helped run its Office of Air and Radiation with current Administrator Gina...

VA's Response to Three Whistleblowers Inadequate, Special Counsel Says

April 8, 2016 In the latest in its continuing scrutiny of the Veterans Affairs Department, the Office of Special Counsel on Friday reported that it was faulting the department’s managers for inadequate follow-up on three whistleblower cases affecting health and safety. The findings reported to the White House and Congress involve medical facilities...

IRS Employees May Be As Stressed As Taxpayers

April 7, 2016 A walk-in taxpayer assistance center run by the Internal Revenue Service in Los Angeles experienced such long lines at the start of the 2016 tax filing season that it began requiring appointments. Only the elderly or those with disabilities were provided face-to-face help by the understaffed IRS center, which lacks...

Senate Author of DATA Act Presses Agencies on Follow-Up

April 7, 2016 As part of a broad push for improving reliability of the government’s financial statements, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., on Wednesday wrote to 37 agencies asking for updates on their efforts to standardize and publish spending data as required under the 2014 Data Accountability and Transparency Act. Warner, who-co-authored the law...

What Feds Thought About the Clinton Team's Honesty, Leadership at the State Department

April 6, 2016 Ask Americans today to evaluate Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of State and you’re apt to get answers colored by their attitudes on whether she deserves the presidency. But a look at contemporaneous federal employee survey results and specialty groups’ assessments from 2009-2012 offers a glimpse of a Clinton tenure...

Zika Emergency Funding Can’t Wait, White House Tells Congress

April 6, 2016 This story has been updated. Efforts to thwart the spread of the Zika virus should be funded immediately, before tourist traffic and the rainy season hit the Caribbean and Central America, the Obama administration warned on Wednesday. Stepping up pressure on a Congress behind on its budget schedule, White House...

Politicians’ Angry Rhetoric Harms Feds, Panelists Say

April 5, 2016 Presidential candidates and lawmakers demanding accountability from federal officials would do better to cut back on the theatrics and provide more positive reinforcement, current and former officials said during a panel discussion on Tuesday. Angry rhetoric on accountability “will have a long-term effect on civil servants’ ability to do their...

Trump Wants Feds to Sign Nondisclosure Agreements

April 4, 2016 To the list of semi-sketched-out changes in government GOP front-runner Donald Trump has proposed, you can add another. All federal employees in a future Trump administration would sign nondisclosure agreements to prevent them from writing unauthorized books, the billionaire real estate developer said in an interview published Saturday in the...

Feds Outpace Rest of Country in Donating to Presidential Campaign Fund

April 1, 2016 Federal employees are twice as likely as average Americans to check the box on their tax returns to designate $3 to fund the presidential election campaign, a survey found. Participation in the annual checkoff has fallen steadily since it was started in 1976, so analysts were not surprised when this...

Whistleblower Protection Agency Looks to Clean Up Its Own Backyard

April 1, 2016 The Office of Special Counsel, whose mission is to protect federal employees against reprisals for whistleblowing, is taking the unusual step of evaluating its own managers in part on their adherence to proper procedures for handling whistleblowers, Government Executive has learned. “Over the next several months, OSC will incorporate whistleblower...

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