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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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Mine safety agency admits to faulty inspections

March 7, 2012 Federal inspectors failed to follow proper procedure in the 18 months leading up to the April 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia that caused 29 deaths, according to a report on an internal Labor Department review released Tuesday. Though a December 2011 report determined that...

VOA’s 70th Anniversary Draws VIP Crowd

March 7, 2012 With hundreds of employees and alumni in the audience, the Voice of America marked its 70th anniversary on Wednesday receiving video greetings from some very important personages. President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Myannmar’s Nobel Peace-Prize winning opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama all weighed...

TSA saves money through risk-based passenger screening

March 5, 2012 The Transportation Security Administration’s move from a one-size-fits-all to a risk-based model in airline passenger screening in recent years is saving the agency money, TSA Administrator John Pistole said Monday. Reviewing the past year’s accomplishments in a speech at the National Press Club, Pistole noted that TSA’s recent fiscal 2013...

IRS undercover operations should track expenses better, audit says

March 5, 2012 Undercover criminal investigations conducted by the Internal Revenue Service are respected by other law enforcement agencies but should be subject to stronger management controls, according to an audit released on Monday. In a report redacted for security reasons, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the IRS’ criminal investigation...

Would You Be Covered Under the STOCK Act?

March 5, 2012 As Congress prepares to put the finishing touches on the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, some confusion in the legislative language is being highlighted by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight. “The House version nearly mirrors the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 in listing the categories of senior...

Pentagon seeks to strengthen acquisition workforce

March 2, 2012 In an era of shrinking defense budgets, President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget forges ahead with existing plans to strengthen the acquisitions workforce through improved management and modest increases in hiring. Still, many in the contracting community appear resigned to seeing fewer opportunities as the government seeks a proper balance between...

Obama seeks feedback on federal grant reform

March 2, 2012 After meeting with the nation’s governors earlier in the week, the White House proposed a set of reforms to streamline and simplify the federal grants process. In an advance notice of proposed guidance published Tuesday in the Federal Register, the Office of Management and Budget announced that it was following...

Baby steps for government bookkeeping

March 1, 2012 The Defense Department’s lack of auditability, the Treasury Department’s inability to reconcile intragovernmental activity and an “ineffective process” for preparing financial statements are three long-standing impediments to getting the government’s books in order, the comptroller general told a House subcommittee Thursday. Billions of dollars in improper payments, unfocused information security...

Beyond the Radio Days

March 1, 2012 Some view Voice of America as “stuck in the 1950s with short-wave radios,” as one of the agency’s Washington-based Africa TV hosts recently phrased it. But the onslaught of 21st century communications has outfitted the one-time Cold War broadcasters with a wider global reach via the Web and social media....

Vive la Difference

February 29, 2012 The government of France, famous for its centralized authority over issues as detailed as school lesson schedules, recently issued a landmark language decision. No longer will public administrators employ the term “Mademoiselle” in official correspondence. The three-century-plus-old distinction between an unmarried and a married woman is considered passé by many...