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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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IRS Crowdsources Future of the Taxpayer Experience

April 1, 2016 The taxman is counting on the wisdom of crowds. The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday announced it is launching a crowdsourcing competition to “encourage innovative ideas for the taxpayer experience of the future.” From April 17 through May 10, the agency will be taking submissions from designers, developers and “innovative...

As Clock Ticks, Appointees Try to Keep Career Feds Focused on Obama's Goals

March 31, 2016 As the Obama administration winds down and a presidential transition looms, agency leaders insist they're committed to fulfilling the president's goals rather than trimming their sails as time grows shorter. "This is the time in an administration's life cycle that we see finishing touches applied to key initiatives and attention...

Poor Management of Security Badges Leaves Federal Buildings Vulnerable to Shooters, Terrorist Attacks

March 31, 2016 The General Services Administration has neglected tracking of the building entry badges and personal identity verification cards used by employees and contractors, according to a pair of reports released Wednesday by the agency’s inspector general. “These security control weaknesses increase the risk of unauthorized access to the 8,603 facilities managed...

OMB Creates Inter-Agency Customer Service Council

March 31, 2016 White House budget director Shaun Donovan on Wednesday announced the establishment of a council to coordinate agency customer service and continue progress toward cross-agency priority goals. The new Core Federal Services Council will serve as a “governmentwide governance vehicle to improve the public’s experience with federal services, from experiences of...

Fed by Day, Political Candidate by Night?

March 30, 2016 As if their day jobs aren’t exhausting enough, two federal employees this month became the subject of Office of Special Counsel complaints for Hatch Act violations. Their offense? Running for public office. Noting that the Hatch Act since 1993 has prohibited executive branch employees from running in a partisan election...

Pentagon Exec Used Subordinates as His Personal Chauffeur, IG Finds

March 30, 2016 A senior executive in the Defense Department’s Manpower and Personnel division misreported his work time and misused subordinates by assigned them to act as his chauffeur and as an escort for his personal guests at the Pentagon, a watchdog found. Jason Forrester, until last year the deputy assistant Defense secretary...

SEC Isn't Waiting on a Congressional Mandate to Start Standardizing Financial Data

March 29, 2016 Seven years after the Great Recession, federal financial regulators appear all onboard for standardizing and digitizing the data they monitor from industry filings, even if allies in the transparency community argue that progress would be greater if Congress made the conversion effort mandatory. Officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission,...

Navy Captain Who Took Fat Leonard’s Bribes Gets 46 Months in Prison

March 28, 2016 The highest ranking Navy official involved in the service’s embarrassing bribery scandal has been sentenced to 46 months in prison. Navy Capt. Daniel Dusek, who in January 2015 pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, will also pay a $70,000 fine and $30,000 in restitution to the...

Why FOIA Obligations Don't Apply to Congress

March 25, 2016 Agencies employees frustrated by oversight demands of lawmakers have often wondered why the public disclosure obligations under the 50-year-old Freedom of Information Act do not apply to Congress itself. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and some in the transparency advocacy community have in the past pressed for more disclosure requirements for...

Young People Aren't Signing Up to Work for the IRS

March 24, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service faces a shrunken enforcement staff, a coming retirement brain drain and a population of 25-and-under recruits that recently dropped from some 650 to only 200, its commissioner said on Thursday. In a National Press Club speech aimed at touting the agency’s accomplishments while issuing a warning...