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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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GSA Launches ‘Federation’ to Standardize Governmentwide Data

October 3, 2016 As part of the Obama administration’s final push in the open data movement, the General Services Administration on Thursday launched the U.S. Data Federation with the slogan “Bringing together the United States of data.” The effort supports data interoperability and harmonization across federal, state and local government agencies by highlighting...

Special Counsel’s Whistleblower Award-Winner Still Owed Pay from Army

September 30, 2016 An Army hospital infection control specialist who clashed with supervisors after reporting health regulation violations came to a Washington luncheon on Thursday to receive the Office of Special Counsel’s Public Servant of the Year Award. Yet, despite having reached a back-pay settlement with the Army a year ago and retiring...

Presidential Transition Alums Laud Longer ‘Runway,’ Formality of 2016 Process

September 30, 2016 The current Trump and Clinton presidential transition teams are benefiting from three laws enacted over the past six years, new federal funding and a longer timeframe before one of those teams wins and begins preparing for the Inauguration, two veterans of past White House changeovers said on Friday. Clay Johnson...

Some Agencies Are Making Headway on Luring Millennials

September 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At Home Depot, forklift operators can apply for jobs and get hired in 72 hours, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., instructed an Office of Personnel Management official at a Thursday hearing. “But in a government warehouse, it takes up to three months before he hears back.” That won’t do much to...

Some Agencies Are Making Headway on Luring Millennials

September 30, 2016 At Home Depot, forklift operators can apply for jobs and get hired in 72 hours, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., instructed an Office of Personnel Management official at a Thursday hearing. “But in a government warehouse, it takes up to three months before he hears back.” That won’t do much to...

Obama White House Makes Big Final Push for Enduring IT Reforms

September 29, 2016 With only weeks to go in its bid to create a tech-savvy 21st century government, the Obama White House on Wednesday rolled out a retrospective of its digital efforts at government transparency. On the same day, the Obama administration’s top tech officials gathered with more than 1,100 agency staff and...

Consumer Bureau Rebuffs Critics Who Deny It Broke Wells Fargo Scandal

September 28, 2016 Who deserves the credit for unmasking the Wells Fargo fraud debacle, under which bank executives pressured underlings to meet sales quotas by opening accounts customers didn’t authorize? On Wednesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which had unfurled the blockbuster story with its Sept. 8 announcement of a record $100 fine...

Yes, You Can Fire Incompetent Government Employees

September 28, 2016 In time for the coming presidential transition, the Merit Systems Protection Board on Monday issued updated guidance for agencies to use in ensuring respect for the Civil Service’s nine Merit System Principles and 13 Prohibited Personnel Practices. “Our research shows that federal employees believe their agencies have varying success—and substantial...

Senate Fails at Two Attempts to Move Ahead With Bill Preventing a Shutdown

September 27, 2016 With only three days left in the fiscal year, the Senate on Tuesday afternoon twice came up short of votes for advancing debate on a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government open until after the November elections. Nay votes on considering what is called a continuing resolution came...

Commerce Supervisor's Fundraising Activities Ran Afoul of Hatch Act

September 27, 2016 A supervisor in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security agreed to a 50-day unpaid suspension after acknowledging that he solicited contributions to a suburban Maryland Republican party fundraiser while on the job. The Office of Special Counsel on Tuesday announced that the unidentified federal employee had been given...