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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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Three Ethics Agencies Make Pitches for Reauthorization

December 16, 2015 It’s been more than seven years since the three major federal ethics agencies were last reauthorized. Members of a House panel on Wednesday expressed hope they could remedy that situation, but they first demanded that the agency heads justify their roles and display more aggressiveness in tackling misbehavior at agencies...

NSA Will Overhaul Its Workforce Next Year

December 16, 2015 Come January, employees of the National Security Agency will see the fruits of a 10-month “director’s charge” review of the top-secret organization’s structure, its leader, Adm. Mike Rogers, said on Tuesday night. The modernization effort titled “NSA21,” the first since the late 1990s, will address workforce development; collaboration and integration;...

National Security Agency to Unveil Workforce Restructuring in January

December 16, 2015 Come January, employees of the National Security Agency will see the fruits of a 10-month “director’s charge” review of the top-secret organization’s structure, its leader, Adm. Mike Rogers, said on Tuesday night. The modernization effort titled “NSA21,” the first since the late 1990s, will address workforce development; collaboration and integration;...

Obama Increases SES Performance Award Spending Cap

December 15, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday signed a long-awaited executive order on strengthening the Senior Executive Service that streamlines recruiting and hiring while raising the aggregate spending cap on executive performance awards from the current 4.8 percent cap to 7.5 percent. The new cap, equal to the average agency percentage spent in...

Pentagon Grew Acquisition Workforce, But Not Necessarily in Right Places

December 15, 2015 The Defense Department’s human capital strategy has allowed it to grow its acquisition workforce by 27,000 since 2008, though data on specialized personnel proficiency is inadequate, the Government Accountability Office reported. “About 72 percent of the workforce growth has been achieved through hiring new civilian employees, with more than half...

2020 Census Called Vulnerable to Online Fraud

December 14, 2015 The next decennial census, planned as the first to depend chiefly on the Internet for data collection, is vulnerable to fraud by pranksters, anti-government protesters, phishers seeking personal data and even manipulators of House of Representatives reapportionment, a report found. As first reported by the Federation of American Scientists Secrecy...

Pentagon, Treasury Top List of Agencies Struggling with GAO Recommendations

December 14, 2015 A Senate subcommittee last week put the spotlight on two major sources for ideas to save agencies money: Congress’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Office and the 72 inspectors general scattered around the government, some serving more than one agency. “With a massive $19 trillion federal debt and a half-a-trillion-dollar deficit, the...

EPA and Energy Department Leaders Hail Paris Climate Accord

December 14, 2015 It’s no surprise that leaders of the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency over the weekend joined the State Department in hailing the international climate change accord reached in Paris on Saturday. What they shared in reacting to the five-year non-mandatory set of pledges to reduce temperature rises was...

Presidential Hopefuls Should Debate Government Management, Says Volcker

December 11, 2015 The current line-up of tough-talking presidential candidates should be made to devote an entire debate to the management of government, former Federal Reserve chairman-turned government reformer Paul Volcker said on Friday. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much unhappiness with the way our government works,” said the economist now...

Obama Nominates OMB Adviser as Deputy Management Director

December 11, 2015 With a year to go in his administration and a Senate in the habit of delaying nominations, President Obama on Thursday announced he was naming Andrew Mayock, currently a senior adviser at the Office of Management and Budget, to be deputy director for management. That job had been occupied by...