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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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Politicians’ Angry Rhetoric Harms Feds, Panelists Say

April 5, 2016 Presidential candidates and lawmakers demanding accountability from federal officials would do better to cut back on the theatrics and provide more positive reinforcement, current and former officials said during a panel discussion on Tuesday. Angry rhetoric on accountability “will have a long-term effect on civil servants’ ability to do their...

Trump Wants Feds to Sign Nondisclosure Agreements

April 4, 2016 To the list of semi-sketched-out changes in government GOP front-runner Donald Trump has proposed, you can add another. All federal employees in a future Trump administration would sign nondisclosure agreements to prevent them from writing unauthorized books, the billionaire real estate developer said in an interview published Saturday in the...

Feds Outpace Rest of Country in Donating to Presidential Campaign Fund

April 1, 2016 Federal employees are twice as likely as average Americans to check the box on their tax returns to designate $3 to fund the presidential election campaign, a survey found. Participation in the annual checkoff has fallen steadily since it was started in 1976, so analysts were not surprised when this...

Whistleblower Protection Agency Looks to Clean Up Its Own Backyard

April 1, 2016 The Office of Special Counsel, whose mission is to protect federal employees against reprisals for whistleblowing, is taking the unusual step of evaluating its own managers in part on their adherence to proper procedures for handling whistleblowers, Government Executive has learned. “Over the next several months, OSC will incorporate whistleblower...

IRS Crowdsources Future of the Taxpayer Experience

April 1, 2016 The taxman is counting on the wisdom of crowds. The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday announced it is launching a crowdsourcing competition to “encourage innovative ideas for the taxpayer experience of the future.” From April 17 through May 10, the agency will be taking submissions from designers, developers and “innovative...

As Clock Ticks, Appointees Try to Keep Career Feds Focused on Obama's Goals

March 31, 2016 As the Obama administration winds down and a presidential transition looms, agency leaders insist they're committed to fulfilling the president's goals rather than trimming their sails as time grows shorter. "This is the time in an administration's life cycle that we see finishing touches applied to key initiatives and attention...

Poor Management of Security Badges Leaves Federal Buildings Vulnerable to Shooters, Terrorist Attacks

March 31, 2016 The General Services Administration has neglected tracking of the building entry badges and personal identity verification cards used by employees and contractors, according to a pair of reports released Wednesday by the agency’s inspector general. “These security control weaknesses increase the risk of unauthorized access to the 8,603 facilities managed...

OMB Creates Inter-Agency Customer Service Council

March 31, 2016 White House budget director Shaun Donovan on Wednesday announced the establishment of a council to coordinate agency customer service and continue progress toward cross-agency priority goals. The new Core Federal Services Council will serve as a “governmentwide governance vehicle to improve the public’s experience with federal services, from experiences of...

Fed by Day, Political Candidate by Night?

March 30, 2016 As if their day jobs aren’t exhausting enough, two federal employees this month became the subject of Office of Special Counsel complaints for Hatch Act violations. Their offense? Running for public office. Noting that the Hatch Act since 1993 has prohibited executive branch employees from running in a partisan election...

Pentagon Exec Used Subordinates as His Personal Chauffeur, IG Finds

March 30, 2016 A senior executive in the Defense Department’s Manpower and Personnel division misreported his work time and misused subordinates by assigned them to act as his chauffeur and as an escort for his personal guests at the Pentagon, a watchdog found. Jason Forrester, until last year the deputy assistant Defense secretary...