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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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Green Gaps

January 1, 2011 Making eco-friendly IT a reality at agencies requires changing behavior as well as policy. "Powering down all desktop computers, locally connected printers and other non- networked peripherals at the end of the day will reduce energy consumption." This suggestion from Aaron Helton, an Office of Personnel Management staffer, was one...

Dodaro confirmed as comptroller general

December 23, 2010 The Senate on Wednesday night cleared Gene Dodaro to serve as comptroller general, a position he had held on an acting basis since March 2008. On Nov. 30, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee had unanimously approved his nomination to permanently head the Government Accountability Office. Dodaro has...

Regulatory agencies have stepped up enforcement, study says

December 22, 2010 The Obama administration has relied less on voluntary compliance and more on tools for enforcement of regulations aimed at protecting worker safety, consumer health and the environment, according to a study released on Monday by the nonprofit OMB Watch. The report also noted current agency officials have viewed many enforcement...

Paper Social Security checks will become obsolete in May

December 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A long-planned requirement that Social Security recipients receive their checks through direct deposit will take effect May 1, 2011, three months later than originally proposed, the Treasury Department's Financial Management Service announced Tuesday. "This important change will provide significant savings to American taxpayers who will no longer incur the annual...

Paper Social Security checks will become obsolete in May

December 21, 2010 A long-planned requirement that Social Security recipients receive their checks through direct deposit will take effect May 1, 2011, three months later than originally proposed, the Treasury Department's Financial Management Service announced Tuesday. "This important change will provide significant savings to American taxpayers who will no longer incur the annual...

State Department review promises transparency, civilian ‘face’

December 20, 2010 In a bid to streamline diplomacy and foreign aid, the State Department will "fundamentally change our management approach by turning to the expertise of other federal agencies where appropriate -- before engaging private contractors," according to the department's inaugural quadrennial review. The central goals laid out in the review, titled...

Solutions offered to reduce delays in confirming presidential appointees

December 14, 2010 The government should tap expertise from the Office of Personnel Management and private sector headhunters for recruiting and background checks to accelerate the drawn-out and politically charged process for Senate approval of presidential appointees, says a study released Tuesday by two Brookings Institution scholars. Titled "A Half-Empty Government Can't Govern:...

Threats of violence against IRS employees persist

December 10, 2010 Assaults, bomb threats and intimidation continue among the impediments faced by Internal Revenue Service employees in carrying out their duties, according to the latest semiannual report to Congress from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. As part of its statutory mission, the Treasury IG investigates threats and attacks against...

House cybersecurity activist bemoans apathy about countering threats

December 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week's hacker attacks on credit card and other consumer websites in the wake of the WikiLeaks controversy provide a perfect example of America's vulnerability to attacks against online networks by criminals, spies and enemy states, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, co-founder of the House Cybersecurity Caucus, said Thursday. McCaul said...

Federal oil rig inspectors hit for lapses preceding BP spill

December 6, 2010 A toughly worded staff paper presented to President Obama's National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in late November zeroes in on the weaknesses of safety inspectors at the former Minerals Management Service, citing a lack of technological sophistication, a cozy relationship with the oil industry and a...