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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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Senator’s Push to Curb Administrative Leave Shifts to VA

October 27, 2015 The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday expanded his push to reduce the number of federal employees who, because of pending investigations, are placed on paid administrative leave and perform no work. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote to Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to complain that the department’s...

Leaked CRS Memo Rekindles Debate on Protecting Lawmaker Confidentiality

October 26, 2015 In the latest wrinkle in transparency advocates’ campaign to open up the Congressional Research Service, a newly leaked internal CRS memo lays out the reasons why the agency must protect the identities of lawmakers who request individualized research. As reported by the Secrecy News blog of the Federation of American...

Troubled VA Attracts Some Defenders, Prompting Lawmaker Rebuttal

October 26, 2015 Though the Veterans Affairs Department indeed has its struggles, its problems with misreported patient wait times and construction overruns have “not been as widespread as [they have] been made out to be.” That’s according to former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking Friday night on MSNBC’s...

U.S. Aid to Afghan Police Said to Lack Oversight, Endgame

October 26, 2015 A $471 million U.S. cash program designed to train and equip local police forces in war-torn Afghanistan suffers from poor auditing, diverted supplies and the absence of a plan for integrating village police into the Afghan National Police, a watchdog found. “As the drawdown of U.S. and coalition military personnel...

Lois Lerner and Other IRS Employees Will Not Be Prosecuted

October 23, 2015 This story has been updated. After more than two years, millions of transferred documents, and dozens of hearings and depositions, employees of the Internal Revenue Service who feared prosecution from the tax-exempt organizations targeting controversy are now legally off the hook. The Justice Department on Friday, in letters to the...

Chemical Safety Board Urged to Improve Morale

October 23, 2015 The Chemical Safety Board, with a new chairman and four of its five-member complement in place, should focus on improving employee morale, a watchdog recommended on Thursday. Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General Arthur Elkin in a report harkened back to lawmakers’ descriptions of CSB’s “toxic work environment,” retaliation against whistleblowers...

Senators Press White House to Clamp Down on 'Bridge Contracts'

October 23, 2015 Two Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wrote to the White House procurement policy chief seeking clarity on Obama administration plans to strengthen oversight of so-called “bridge contracts’’—temporary extensions to sole-source contractors that auditors warn may stifle competition. Ranking member Tom Carper, D-Del., and Sen. Claire...

DEA Paid Bonuses to Employees With Records of Sexual Harassment, Other Misconduct

October 22, 2015 Eight Drug Enforcement Administration employees with records of sexual harassment or other misconduct were given bonus awards contrary to agency policy, a watchdog found. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a report released Thursday said a review of 20 awards primarily from $1,000 to $5,000 spread among 14 DEA...

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...