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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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Bill Passed By House Would Expand Subpoena Power of Inspectors General

September 27, 2018 The House on Wednesday advanced fulfillment of a longtime wish of the inspectors general community by passing a bill that would enhance the watchdogs’ subpoena power. The IG Subpoena Authority Act (H.R. 4917), which cleared by voice vote, was introduced last February by Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla. Russell noted that...

House Passes Bill to Standardize, Centralize Grant Data

September 27, 2018 The House on Wednesday approved by voice vote a bill to require 26 agencies to work with the Office of Management and Budget to establish governmentwide standards for information reported by grant recipients so that the data can be centralized on a public website. The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements...

TSA Abused Reassignments to Target Whistleblowers, House Panel Finds

September 26, 2018 Senior officials at the Transportation Security Administration used reassignments to retaliate against whistleblowers, and the Homeland Security Department is withholding related documents from Congress and the Office of Special Counsel, a House committee found in a pair of reports released on Tuesday. The reports were the climax of a three-year...

NSA Staffer Sentenced to 5.5 Years in Prison for Taking Documents Home

September 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A National Security Agency computer technician with top secret security clearances was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison in U.S. District Court on Tuesday after he was convicted of removing “massive troves of highly classified national defense information without authorization” and keeping it at his home. Nghia Hoang Pho, 68,...

NSA Staffer Sentenced to 5.5 Years in Prison for Taking Documents Home

September 26, 2018 A National Security Agency computer technician with top secret security clearances was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison in U.S. District Court on Tuesday after he was convicted of removing “massive troves of highly classified national defense information without authorization” and keeping it at his home. Nghia Hoang Pho, 68,...

Agriculture Secretary Defends Proposed Office Relocations

September 25, 2018 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue late last week responded to lawmakers and outside critics of his proposal to move two Washington-based offices elsewhere in the country to place them closer to farming community stakeholders. In a Sept. 20 letter responding to queries from Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.,...

Agency Grants Staff Need More Training, Watchdog Finds

September 25, 2018 The multi-agency workforce that channels $675 billion in grants annually to state and local governments is not being adequately trained, the Government Accountability Office reported. The Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Financial Officers Council outlined grants management competencies and created a job...

IRS Advised to Improve Verification of Agency Retiree Income

September 24, 2018 Nearly $16 million of additional federal employees’ money could have been withheld from distribution if the Internal Revenue Service had better communicated errors in benefits statements to agency payroll offices, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Mistakes such as wrong Social Security numbers on 50,000 income statements...

FEMA Chief Agrees to Reimburse Agency for Personal Travel Costs

September 24, 2018 The embattled Federal Emergency Management Agency chief agreed on Friday to reimburse the Homeland Security Department for the controversial travel expenses he ran up over the past year during weekend trips to his home in North Carolina. Brock Long issued a statement taking responsibility for his wrongful use of agency...

After a Slow Start, Trump’s Civil Service Reformers Connect With Experts

September 24, 2018 On Sept. 12, the Office of Management and Budget joined with the Mitre Corp. in hosting some 150 agency alumni, corporate specialists and academics at the White House for an off-the-record symposium on fixing what ails the federal workforce. The freewheeling discussions about pay, performance, reskilling and technology turned out...