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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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Government’s Recent Hostage Recovery Activities Deemed Largely Effective

October 4, 2016 The government’s attempts to rescue Americans taken hostage overseas while keeping their stateside families in the loop requires a multi-agency feat of coordination. In the first year of President Obama’s enunciated policies on hostage recovery activities, that coordination was largely effective, with several dozen hostages obtaining their freedom, according to...

New Leader, New Funding for Project to Rebuild Trust in Government

October 4, 2016 The Volcker Alliance, the New York nonprofit through which a top former government economist seeks to strengthen the call to public service, has a fresh infusion of financial support. The group’s newly installed president, Thomas Ross, last week announced receipt of an unrestricted research grant of $1.5 million from the...

Might Trump's Hunt-Loving Son Bump Into Federal Nepotism Law?

October 3, 2016 Since last January, close Trump-watchers have been aware of the expressed desire of Donald Trump Jr.—an avid outdoor sportsman-- to be the next Interior secretary. "Our big inside joke over Thanksgiving and Christmas, now that this thing has become very real with the presidency, is, 'Hey Don, the only thing...

Contract Consolidation Effort Saves $2 Billion and Counting

October 3, 2016 Two years after the Office of Federal Procurement Policy embraced the consolidation-of-contracts strategy known as category management, the White House on Friday announced that the effort to “transform the federal marketplace” has delivered $2 billion in savings. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung, in a blog post, said the Obama administration’s...

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...