Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charlie 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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Clinton Names Familiar Figures to Lead Her Presidential Transition Team

August 16, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday named four experienced Washington hands to lead her transition team, just as a nonprofit good-government group released its latest advice on innovation for the next administration. Ken Salazar, a former Democratic senator from Colorado and Interior secretary under President Obama, will chair the...

Poll: Government Is the Least Popular of Any Major Industry in the U.S.

August 16, 2016 The image of the federal government took a beating in the latest annual Gallup survey of business-sector favorability. Government ranked dead last in positive views, with only 28 percent of respondents rating it favorably, compared with a whopping 66 percent holding favorable views of the restaurant industry and the computer...

Agencies Don't Know Exactly How Many ‘Special Government Employees’ They Employ

August 15, 2016 Federal agencies collectively employ more than 1,100 full-time high-level temps called “special government employees.” But counts of SGEs are not always reliable, according to a report released on Monday by the Government Accountability Office. As a result, said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who requested the report, agencies...

Senator Goes After Wolf Trap Unions, Fort Belvoir Food and Estonian TV

August 15, 2016 In the third of what is shaping up as a weekly “waste report,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., last week went after an appropriations earmark that forces the National Park Service to pay for unionized stagehands at the suburban Washington concert venue Wolf Trap Farm Park. “Wolf Trap is trapping nearly...

IRS Falls Short in Tracking Tax-Delinquent Contractors

August 12, 2016 Despite past admonitions, the Internal Revenue Service still has a ways to go in preventing the award of agency contracts to firms that owe back taxes, an agency watchdog has found. “The IRS tax check process was not effective in identifying tax-delinquent contractors,” wrote the Treasury Inspector General for Tax...

Some Advice for Feds During the Presidential Transition: Expect Pushback

August 11, 2016 Combining common sense with experienced insight, the Senior Executives Association’s Professional Development League has come out with tips for career managers to successfully navigate the presidential transition. SEA’s first-ever “Handbook on Presidential Transition for Federal Career Executives” delivers 20 pages of orientation on such issues as the role of career...

New Clinton Emails Raise More Questions About State's Response

August 10, 2016 Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department have revived debate over whether she commingled diplomacy with people involved with the Clinton Foundation and raise questions about how State handled requests for information about her email practices under the Freedom of Information Act going back years. The...

SEC’s Controversial Administrative Courts Declared Constitutional

August 10, 2016 The Security and Exchange Commission’s controversial five-year-old practice of taking enforcement litigation to in-house judges was upheld by a federal appeals court on Tuesday, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The SEC administrative judges, who are not appointed by commissioners but are hired through an internal office, were found...

Note to Managers: Presidential Transition May Trigger Employee Anxiety

August 9, 2016 Employee engagement, which recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys have shown to be a problem for many agencies, takes on extra importance during the presidential transition now underway, a new report says. With only half of respondents approving of their leaders’ performance in boosting engagement in the 2015 survey, “effective communication...

Small Business Administration Defends Methods for Documenting Contracting Goals

August 9, 2016 Attorneys for the Small Business Administration are headed to court in October hoping to dismiss a suit brought by the Petaluma, Calif.,-based American Small Business League, which claims the agency’s reports on achievement of small-business contracting goals are legally suspect and harmful. The league’s complaint, filed in May against Administrator...

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