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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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Transparency and Efficiency Bills Clear House Oversight Panel

May 19, 2015 Several bills designed to increase transparency and the effectiveness of government emerged from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, among them legislation to expand subpoena powers of inspectors general, curb presidential post-tenure allowances and promote greater use of evidence in policymaking. The bills passed largely by voice...

Report: Merge the ATF with the FBI

May 19, 2015 An “identity crisis” plagues the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives caused by tensions between its roles in law enforcement and regulation, says a think tank report released Tuesday. Its solution: merge the controversial 150-year-old agency with the “politically strong” FBI. The liberal-leaning Center for American Progress, following two-years...

Senate Defense Bill Lays Out Acquisition Reforms, HQ Personnel Cuts

May 18, 2015 The Senate’s version of the $612 billion 2016 defense authorization bill that cleared committee on Thursday treats shortfalls in the acquisition system as a national security threat while pressuring the Pentagon to accelerate planned reductions in headquarters personnel. “This is a reform bill,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John...

Compensation Plan for U.S. Hostages Held in Iran Advances

May 18, 2015 The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act now working its way to President Obama’s desk contains “sense of the Congress” language demanding “fair and appropriate compensation” for the 52 diplomats and their survivors who were held hostage in Tehran for 444 days after the 1979 Iranian revolution. A detailed plan spelling...

U.S. Bid to Stand Up Afghan Aviation Capabilities Falters

May 15, 2015 The Pentagon, State Department and Federal Aviation Administration have spent $562 million over 12 years to bolster a crumbling civil aviation system in war-torn Afghanistan. Despite some progress toward independence, says a watchdog audit released Friday, the inability to train sufficient Afghan personnel by the end of 2014 might require...

Agency Compliance with Records Act Remains Spotty

May 15, 2015 Among the many governance issues raised by the Hillary Clinton email dispute is the spottiness of compliance with the Federal Records Act across government. In a round-up of 24 major departments’ actions released Thursday, the Government Accountability Office found that none had a perfect record complying with deadlines in directives...

Defense IG Official Caught Up in 'Zero Dark Thirty' Dispute Lands on Her Feet

May 15, 2015 The former Pentagon acting inspector general who was dragged into the “Zero Dark Thirty” dispute involving oversharing of information with Hollywood has landed a Washington private-sector job. Lynne Halbrooks, who left the watchdog’s office on April 17 without announcing career plans, has joined the law and lobbying firm of Holland...

IG Says the Pentagon's Estimates of Improper Payments Are Unreliable

May 14, 2015 Top financial managers at the Defense Department made a solid effort to comply with the law designed to curb improper payments, an inspector general found, but the IG said estimated error rates are unreliable because too few expenditures were reviewed. In an audit released Tuesday, the Pentagon watchdog said the...

Republican Senator Pressures Agencies on Regulatory Review

May 14, 2015 In his new role as chairman of a regulation subcommittee, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Wednesday launched an effort to pressure agencies to explain their priorities and progress in fulfilling President Obama’s mandate that they review existing regulations that might be dated, too costly or burdensome. In a letter to...

Obama Management Chief: Senior Execs Must Set Tone for Better Performance

May 14, 2015 The Obama administration has shrunk the agency real property footprint by 20 million square feet, “or the equivalent of three and a half Pentagons,” in the words of Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. Cobert cited that as one reason she is “excited”...

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