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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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Whistleblower protection bill clears House oversight panel

November 3, 2011 A key House panel on Thursday approved recently revived whistleblower protection legislation, building bipartisan momentum for expanding protections against retaliation to airport baggage handlers, national security employees and some federal contractors. The unanimous vote by 35 members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee moves the bill (H.R. 3289)...

Expanded data transparency bill clears House panel

November 3, 2011 A bill requiring agencies to post numbers on specific programs on government performance data websites cleared the House Oversight and Government Reform panel Thursday as an amendment to an earlier committee bill that would broaden requirements for posting government spending. The Government Results Transparency Act (H.R. 3262) "would build a...

Expanded data transparency bill clears House panel

November 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bill requiring agencies to post numbers on specific programs on government performance data websites cleared the House Oversight and Government Reform panel Thursday as an amendment to an earlier committee bill that would broaden requirements for posting government spending. The Government Results Transparency Act (H.R. 3262) "would build a...

Agencies blasted for ignoring contractor role in human trafficking

November 3, 2011 The State and Defense departments are doing too little to help prosecute criminals working for U.S. subcontractors who trick foreign nationals into indentured servitude and prostitution in and around Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, a House panel was told on Wednesday. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of desperate workers from nations such as...

BRAC Traffic Woes, Cont'd.

November 2, 2011 The suburban Virginia and Maryland congressional delegations were pleased with the Pentagon's announcement on Tuesday that it is allocating $270 million for road work at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Va., and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The traffic abatement improvements are needed to accommodate the...

Flaws in SEC document-shredding policy affirmed by watchdog

November 2, 2011 A long-awaited report on document retention practices faults the Securities and Exchange Commission for misapplying policy and being less than forthright in its explanations after an internal whistleblower this summer came forward with charges that SEC wrongly destroyed thousands of documents related to preliminary investigations of companies involved in the...

Agencies Bend on Small Biz Offices?

November 1, 2011 A House subcommittee hearing scheduled for Tuesday with a hot seat ready for four agency officials dealing with small-business set-asides was postponed indefinitely. The reason, according to Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce spokesman Darrell Jordan, is that the Agriculture, Justice and State departments are throwing in the towel...

Digging Out

November 1, 2011 Patent law is redesigned to tackle a mounting backlog and streamline applications. On Sept. 16, President Obama signed the first revision to patent law since 1952. It came not a moment too soon for the 9,700 employees of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, who are gaining new staff, a...

Energy Department often fails to vet contractor past performance, watchdog finds

November 1, 2011 The Energy Department in the past two years had signed off on 20 percent of its sole-source contracts and financial assistance awards without evaluating contractor past performance, the department's inspector general reported in an audit released on Tuesday. Energy processed some $89 billion in such awards between fiscal 2009 and...

Fright Night and Federal Dignity

October 31, 2011 May be just a lawyer trolling for clients, but Washington attorney John Mahoney chose Halloween to put out a warning to federal employees who might be tempted to overdrink or wear costumes that are in poor taste in this age of instant postings on Facebook. "Federal employees must be especially...