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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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Interagency Collaboration—For the Birds

May 23, 2016 North America’s migratory bird population—whose delicate health is seen as threatened by climate change—has a tendency to choose flyways without regard to state and international borders. Hence protecting migratory birds requires an intricate collaboration of federal agencies, academics and nonprofits from three countries. Many of those groups gathered May 18...

OMB Gets High Marks for Pursuing Cross Agency Priority Goals

May 23, 2016 The Obama administration’s efforts to guide program managers’ work toward achieving cross-agency priority goals are paying off, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Friday. The goals with such themes as open data, improving customer service and investing in job creation must be named, funded and tracked under...

A New Front In Obama's War on Whistleblowers

May 23, 2016 A cashiered senior official in the Pentagon’s inspector general office ended years of anonymous complaints this weekend, giving interviews about his former employer’s handling of whistleblowers in key national security controversies, including the Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake cases. John Crane, 60, who spent 25 years in government before he...

Fired Pentagon Whistleblower Goes Public in Attack on IG’s Office

May 23, 2016 A cashiered senior official in the Pentagon’s inspector general office ended years of anonymous complaints this weekend, giving interviews about his former employer’s handling of whistleblowers in key national security controversies, including the Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake cases. John Crane, 60, who spent 25 years in government before he...

Lawmaker: Get Criminal Investigators Out of a ‘Failed Bureaucracy’

May 20, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service would lose 2,500 special agents and another 1,000 of its employees worldwide under a bill introduced Thursday that would make the agency’s Criminal Investigation division a separate entity under the Treasury Department. “These are the IRS agents that carry guns and badges, and they’re very skilled...

Panetta Wishes Lawmakers Could Summon Courage from World War I Memorial

May 20, 2016 Former Pentagon and CIA chief Leon Panetta recently lent his good offices in retirement to raising money to build the planned World War I Memorial in Washington’s Pershing Park. His motive in part, he made clear in remarks Wednesday at the National Press Club, is that “our elected leaders can...

Pentagon Clerks Entered Wrong Data for Post-Contract Audits Much of the Time

May 19, 2016 The Defense Department’s contract audit follow-up records contained inaccurate data in as many as 100 of 1,000 data fields sampled, the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General found in a new report. In 50 of the Defense Contract Audit Agency’s contract follow-up records tested by the watchdog, 41 (82 percent) had...

The Military Isn't Fully Tracking Sexual Assault Reports

May 19, 2016 More than two-thirds of military service members who reported sexual assaults and were later discharged were let go without proper documentation of alleged non-disability mental conditions, the Pentagon watchdog found in a new report. More than one-fifth of the dismissals were done with incomplete documentation, which impedes the Defense Department’s...

House Chairman Threatens Censure of IRS Chief

May 18, 2016 In preparation for a House hearing next week, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel on Wednesday introduced a formal resolution to censure Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen for “misconduct.” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, added to his earlier articles of impeachment against the commissioner a resolution that,...

House Panel Clears Bill to Revamp Program Management

May 18, 2016 A Senate-passed bill to bring private-sector performance standards to federal program management cleared the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday by voice vote. The bipartisan Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (S. 1550), introduced by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., passed by voice vote, with...