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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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Obama’s Management Goals Focus on Federal Employee Engagement

March 10, 2014 The White House on Monday released a batch of documents that flesh out last week’s fiscal 2015 budget, spelling out a new set of agency-specific priorities and broader cross-agency goals. To comply with the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, the Obama administration outlined about 80 two-year agency goals...

Consumer Agency Accused of Ranking White Employees Higher in Performance Reviews

March 10, 2014 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, now in its third year of combating discrimination in lending under the “disparate impact” concept, has come under fire by some in the banking industry for its internal performance evaluations. An investigation using confidential data published March 6 by The American Banker, a trade journal,...

Lawyers Examine Pleading the Fifth As A Federal Employee

March 10, 2014 In a week that brought surprising wrinkles in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of Tea Party groups, lawyers consulted by Government Executive weighed in on how federal employees at large might view the threat of a contempt of Congress citation against a former tax official involved...

Agencies Detail How Sequestration Disrupted Government in 2013

March 7, 2014 Mandatory across-the-board cuts to agency budgets in fiscal 2013, though uncertain for much of the year, reduced or delayed operations, benefit payments, grants and long-term program investment, a detailed audit found. A 217-page agency-by-agency report by the Government Accountability Office released Thursday recommended that the Office of Management and Budget...

Senator: Some Data on Contractor Past Performance is Missing or Inaccurate

March 6, 2014 Four interagency databases designed to warn contracting officers about a company’s past performance are riddled with problems that can become expensive agency boondoggles, a senator declared at an oversight hearing Thursday. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., blasted as “shockingly old and clunky” the databases pioneered by the Navy and now administered...

Committee Approves Bill to Increase Agencies’ Small Biz Contracting Goals

March 6, 2014 The House Small Business Committee has marked up and approved a six-pack of contracting reform bills, including legislation that would raise the current agency goals for steering work to small businesses. The package approved Wednesday would particularly affect the construction industry, women, and disabled veterans. It includes a plan to...

Watchdog: Agencies Struggle to Account for Senior Exec Training Costs

March 5, 2014 Federal agencies, which spent some $57 million on senior executive training from 2008 through 2012, could improve reporting of cost data if the Office of Personnel Management set tighter timetables, an audit found. Since 2006, chief human capital officers have been required to report cost data such as travel expenses...

Ex-IRS Official Silent as Congressional Hearing Turns Into Shouting Match

March 5, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service alumna considered the central player in the nine-month-old agency controversy involving tax-exempt organizations again invoked her Fifth Amendment rights before a House panel on Wednesday, prompting a partisan shouting match and ending the hearing after 15 minutes. Lois Lerner, the former director of the IRS Exempt...

Obama Budget Offers a Refreshed Management Agenda

March 4, 2014 The Obama administration’s long-awaited refreshment of its govermentwide management agenda emerged in the fiscal 2015 budget released on Tuesday, with the legally required presentation of agency priority goals to come next week. As part of a bid to “create a 21st century government,” the new budget documents repeat previous calls...

Obama Budget Plan Challenges Cuts to Training, Customer Service

March 4, 2014 President Obama’s $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget gives a nod to bipartisanship on agreed-upon spending levels, but it takes on political opponents by calling to restore agency training and customer service. “Our citizens and businesses expect their government to provide the same level of service experienced in the private sector...

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