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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OMB Rolls Out Plan for Governance Body to Boost Shared Services

October 22, 2015 The Obama administration’s management agenda entered a new phase on Thursday when a key White House official unveiled plans to create a central governance board to steer agencies toward a greater use of shared services. David Mader, the acting deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget,...

Senator Wants More Details on 88 Feds Paid to Sit Home for More Than a Year

October 21, 2015 At a time when the Obama administration is seeking a governmentwide reduction in employees placed on paid leave during investigations, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is singling out the Homeland Security Department for insufficient effort. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson...

Government Publishing Office Defends Its Role in Making Secure Identity Cards

October 21, 2015 The Government Publishing Office’s eight years of experience in producing modern identification documents for agencies—from e-passports to Trusted Traveler border entry cards—generated sparks on Wednesday from lawmakers and private firms crying unfair competition. “As government records move from print to digital, GPO finds itself in a challenge to remain relevant...

New Benghazi Emails? Depends on What the Meaning of ‘New’ Is

October 20, 2015 To start the week that will bring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a high-profile hearing Thursday at the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., appeared on “Face the Nation” and spoke of new emails he’d extracted that were sent in 2011-2012 by the late Ambassador...

OPM Asked to End Forced Leave for Chemical Safety Board Officials

October 20, 2015 A private employee rights counsel on Tuesday asked the Office of Personnel Management to intervene and end the four-month-old administrative leave of the managing director of the Chemical Safety Board, calling his twice-extended leave “an abuse of the civil service merit system.” Jeff Ruch, executive director of the nonprofit Public...

Making DATA Act Real Means Working Nights and Weekends

October 20, 2015 Small Business Administration staff are working overtime to keep up progress on a pilot project to standardize spending data as required by the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. “In addition to everything we do, along with a new executive order or guidance from the Office of Management and Budget,...

GAO Gets More Transparent By Publishing List of Restricted Reports

October 19, 2015 Congress’ watchdog agency has made public for the first time an online list of the titles of its reports—primarily intelligence community-related—that are restricted and can be released only by special arrangement with lawmakers and their staff. “The following products have been determined to contain either classified information or controlled unclassified...

SBA Watchdog Warns of IT Security Risks, Poor Data in Contracting Goals

October 19, 2015 The Small Business Administration has made solid headway in addressing most of its 10 major management and performance challenges, but took a step backward on information technology security, its inspector general reported. SBA also falls short in verifying data and toughening enforcement to curb the number of large companies that...

Navy Shows Progress Toward Clean Books

October 16, 2015 The Pentagon’s quest for auditability overall has been a story with a shortage of good news. But the Navy has weighed in as a bright spot on the horizon. The Navy’s audit procedures controlling $2.25 billion in military pay during a selected period in April 2013 produced sufficient and accurate...

Presidential Hopeful Kasich Would Downsize Transportation and Education Departments

October 16, 2015 John Kasich, the popular Republican governor of the swing state of Ohio whose presidential campaign remains mired in single-digit polling numbers, took aim at the Transportation and Education departments in an op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post. “Americans don’t need a costly federal highway bureaucracy,” he wrote in an...

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