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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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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...

Good, Bad and Familiar News at the Chemical Safety Board

September 26, 2016 The small, independent Chemical Safety Board received good news last week with the release of results of the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The poll showed that staff working under the five-member board (one seat is vacant) chaired by Vanessa Allen Sutherland raised its employee engagement score 14 points to...

Defense Whistleblower Vindicated for Reporting Privacy Violation

September 26, 2016 A public affairs officer at the Defense Information School was right in claiming a reprisal from a supervisor who lowered the officer’s performance rating following a complaint about a privacy violation involving a telecommuting plan, a watchdog found. Because telework agreements contain such personally identifiable information as home addresses, the...

OMB Will Revamp Payment Accuracy Website

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bowing to criticism of its data quality, the Office of Management and Budget will revamp the website paymentaccuracy.gov to improve agency reporting on efforts to curb improper payments, according to Controller David Mader. The site, set up in 2010 in compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, assembles...

OMB Will Revamp Payment Accuracy Website

September 23, 2016 Bowing to criticism of its data quality, the Office of Management and Budget will revamp the website paymentaccuracy.gov to improve agency reporting on efforts to curb improper payments, according to Controller David Mader. The site, set up in 2010 in compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, assembles...