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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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The Original NSA Whistleblower Is Still Rebuilding His Life

July 30, 2015 To mark National Whistleblower Protection Day, ex-National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake on Thursday took time off from his job at an Apple retail store to tell an audience on Capitol Hill that “I’m still trying to rebuild my life.” Drake’s hallmark case involved the Justice Department’s unique prosecution of...

Senate Tries to Stop Agencies from Paying Dead People

July 30, 2015 The government’s ongoing effort to halt improper benefits payments to the deceased moved a step forward on Wednesday when legislation to require tightened double-checks and interagency access cleared the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act, S 1073, sponsored by Chairman Ron...

NSA Whistleblower Describes Ongoing Anguish

July 30, 2015 To mark National Whistleblower Protection Day, ex-National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake on Thursday took time off from his job at an Apple retail store to tell an audience on Capitol Hill that “I’m still trying to rebuild my life.” Drake’s hallmark case involved the Justice Department’s unique prosecution of...

Senate Panel Clears Two for Troubled Chemical Safety Board

July 30, 2015 A Senate panel on Wednesday approved two nominees, including a chairman, for the troubled Chemical Safety Board, whose five-member complement has been operating with just two. The Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved Vanessa Sutherland, President Obama’s nomination as chairman, and board member designee Kristen Kulinowski. "Both Chemical Safety...

Senate Panel Easily Approves Nominee to Head GSA

July 29, 2015 This story has been updated. President Obama’s nominee to lead the General Services Administration drew a step closer to confirmation on Wednesday with a unanimous vote of approval from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Committee. Denise Turner Roth, who has been acting chief since the February departure of...

State Department Plan for Training Center Draws Senatorial Flak

July 28, 2015 A White House-approved State Department plan to build a new diplomatic security training center in central Virginia has run into a budgetary buzz saw, one wielded by lawmakers who see it as too expensive compared with a competing proposal to use existing Homeland Security Department facilities. During a Tuesday hearing...

Bipartisan Evidence-Based Policy Bill Passes House

July 28, 2015 The House on Monday approved a bipartisan plan for a commission to expand use of agency data to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and tax expenditures. The Evidence-Based Policy Commission Act, introduced in April by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would establish a 15-member commission of...

House Oversight Republicans Call for IRS Chief’s Head

July 27, 2015 Twenty-one Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday sent President Obama a 30-page letter calling for him to fire Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen, citing his “failure to preserve and produce documentation” to the committee investigating the controversy over alleged political targeting. The Internal Revenue Service...

IRS Staff Cuts of Up to 30 Percent Raise Risks, GAO Finds

July 27, 2015 As Congress prepares to pass a fiscal 2016 budget cut for the Internal Revenue Service, its watchdog is warning that pervious reductions over the past five years could harm program effectiveness and increase the risk of poor service. In a newly released report completed in June, the Government Accountability Office...

Federal Buildings Are Getting Greener, But Agency Missions Can Get in the Way

July 24, 2015 As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the federal government is making progress toward greener building management, but agencies’ day-to-day work demands sometimes take priority over improvements to environmental protections, a watchdog found. In a review of major agency practices representing a governmentwide portfolio of 275,000 buildings, the Government Accountability Office...

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