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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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Decision Time for Chief Financial Officers: Be Tacticians or Strategists

November 17, 2015 Twenty-five years after the CFO Act sought to modernize financial reporting, chief financial officers find it tough to recruit qualified analysts, integrate their data systems and maintain clarity on their roles within their agencies, a report released Tuesday found. “With the influx of additional CXOs across the government, the role...

Everyone Wants Transparency Until Their Agency Is On the Line

November 17, 2015 The Freedom of Information Act can be seen at once as a crucial tool, a major hassle and the law of the land. President Obama’s 2009 promise to run “the most transparent administration in history” is considered a joke by many in the so-called civil society groups—despite the efforts of...

Scholars Blast Obama’s Syria Policy

November 17, 2015 The Obama administration’s Syria policy is the product of “Barack Obama, full stop,” former CIA analyst Kenneth Pollack said on Monday when asked whether the president’s national security advisers, Secretary of State John Kerry or the Pentagon shared responsibility for the administration’s approach in Syria. That policy took a beating...

Reported Terrorist Targeting of D.C. Has Not Altered Agency Precautions

November 16, 2015 Monday morning’s news reports of an ISIS video warning of a planned attack on Washington similar to the one in Paris have not altered the ongoing security precautions taken by federal and local authorities, according to agency sources contacted by Government Executive. The Homeland Security Department and the FBI “are...

Open Office Space at Heart of Plan to Further Cut Costs of DHS Headquarters Move

November 13, 2015 As budget talks with Congress near, the Obama administration is seeking to jump-start the stalled plan to consolidate the Homeland Security Department’s key offices on the St. Elizabeths campus, submitting a scaled-back strategy that seeks savings through open office space. The General Services Administration on Thursday unveiled an “enhanced plan”...

IRS Becoming a 'Self-Service Store,' Deputy Commissioner Says

November 13, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service unit at the center of the political bias controversy over the past two years has made “great strides” in speeding up processing of applications for tax-exempt status, its deputy commissioner said on Thursday. But overall budget cuts have turned the agency into a “self-service store” heavily...

Ex-Employees of Bankrupt Security Clearance Firm Aim to Resolve Some Unfinished Business

November 13, 2015 Former staffers of one of the government’s most prominent defunct contractors continue to battle for a share of a shrinking pie. As many as 2,000 jobless former employees of U.S. Investigative Services (USIS) are proceeding with a class-action suit against the firm’s ex-directors and officers, seeking redress under the Worker...

Justice Department Underlines Agency Regulatory Authority, Amid GOP Attacks

November 12, 2015 Curbing federal agencies’ regulatory powers was a big theme during the Republican presidential debate earlier this week. “We need to pass the REINS Act so Congress is in charge of regulation,” candidate Carly Fiorina said during Tuesday night’s event, referring to a House-passed bill that would require federal agencies to...

Intelligence Whistleblowers Need More Protection, Advocate Group Argues

November 12, 2015 A bone of contention in the nearly 30 months since National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of a domestic surveillance program has been whether the since-defrocked Booz Allen Hamilton employee could have channeled his complaints through in-house supervisors. The answer is an emphatic no, according to a new...

National Security Whistleblowers Need More Protections, Advocates Say

November 11, 2015 A bone of contention in the nearly 30 months since National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of a domestic surveillance program has been whether the since-defrocked Booz Allen Hamilton employee could have channeled his complaints through in-house supervisors. The answer is an emphatic no, according to a new...