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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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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...

Iraq will need U.S. oversight for a decade, watchdog reports

October 31, 2011 Two months before the final 40,000 U.S. troops are scheduled to leave Iraq, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has reported a key Iraqi minister's estimate that regional threats to the fledgling democracy will require some form of international oversight until 2020 or 2024. SIGIR's quarterly report, released Oct....

GSA inaugurates updated telework policy

October 31, 2011 This story has been updated. The General Services Administration on Monday put into effect what is viewed as a model for governmentwide telework policy, updating guidance for managers from one that presumed employees cannot telecommute to one that presumes they can. At a signing ceremony on the 12th floor of...

Administration unveils two new tools to spur job creation

October 28, 2011 Continuing its push to spur the economy while its jobs plan is stalled in Congress, the Obama administration on Friday issued presidential memoranda to create a one-stop portal to help businesses access federal services and to encourage entrepreneurial startups by accelerating the movement of federal lab research to the commercial...

Justice watchdog issues corrected report on muffin scandal

October 28, 2011 In yet another wrinkle to the tale of the $16 muffins once thought to have been served at a professional conference, the Justice Department's inspector general on Friday issued a revised version of a September report that had prompted front-page coverage and outrage over what was presented as flagrant waste...

OMB reorganizes monitoring of financial assistance grants

October 28, 2011 The Office of Management and Budget on Thursday announced the creation of a Council on Financial Assistance Reform to enhance efforts to reduce waste in government and to coordinate information outreach to the public on the availability of grants. In an Oct. 27 memorandum to agencies, OMB Director Jack Lew...