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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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Justice Department Isn't Tracking All Sex Offenders in Witness Protection

March 11, 2015 The government’s Witness Protection Program was founded 45 years ago to safeguard witnesses to serious crimes. But lax oversight of sex offenders participating in the program may be jeopardizing public safety, the Justice Department inspector general reported on Wednesday. Supervision of the U.S. Marshals Service Witness Protection Program includes insufficient...

Senator Seeks Answers on Use of Private Email by Special Government Employees

March 10, 2015 Among the many questions raised by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account for work is agency treatment of “special government employees.” This personnel category was created by Congress in 1962 in recognition of “the need to apply appropriate conflict of interest restrictions to experts,...

Which Agencies Are Best At Responding to FOIA Requests?

March 10, 2015 Of the 15 major agencies that receive the most Freedom of Information Act requests, eight improved their responsiveness over the past year but none earned an “A,” according to a FOIA “report card” released Tuesday by the nonprofit Center for Effective Government. The number of agencies graded as “failing” fell...

Watchdog to Agencies: Fire More Poor Performers During Probationary Period

March 9, 2015 Federal employees who aren’t cutting the mustard should be handled by well-trained managers and not kept onboard past mandatory probationary periods, the Government Accountability Office concluded. “Supervisors who take performance management seriously and have the necessary training and support can help poorly performing employees either improve or realize they are...

How Many 112-Year-Olds Are Still Living, According to SSA?

March 9, 2015 Estimates are that only 35 people worldwide are still living at age 112. But you wouldn’t know it from the Social Security Administration’s publicly sold death master file, which still lists as living about 6.5 million number holders born before June 16, 1901, according to a new inspector general audit....

GOP Tax Panel Chairmen Press for White House Emails in IRS Probe

March 6, 2015 In a coordinated effort between House and Senate Republicans, the chairmen of the two tax committees on Wednesday asked the Internal Revenue Service commissioner for emails and other documents that might indicate sharing of private taxpayer information between the Internal Revenue Service and the White House. House Ways and Means...

Improper Payment Rate Rises Despite New Crackdown

March 6, 2015 Despite years of effort and new tools under three federal statues, the governmentwide rate of improper payments in federal benefits programs actually rose in fiscal 2014, the comptroller general testified on Wednesday. “For the first time in recent years, the governmentwide improper payment estimate significantly increased,” Gene Dodaro told the...

Many Feds Are Uncomfortable Communicating by Email

March 5, 2015 The House Select Committee on Benghazi’s subpoena for some of Hillary Clinton’s past emails comes as many federal employees profess to a wariness of online communication when addressing sensitive topics. Perhaps for good reason. At a Jan. 27 hearing of the Benghazi panel, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., tangled with State...

Should There Be a New Federal Authority for Shared Services?

March 5, 2015 Federal agencies are fairly adept at collaborating and sharing resources and services during emergencies, such as the Ebola epidemic in 2014 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Now a study released Tuesday by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service recommends a governmentwide scale-up of shared services, such as payroll functions already...

Clapper Touts Progress at Integrating Intelligence Community

March 4, 2015 James Clapper on Tuesday responded to his predecessors’ questions of whether his job as director of the Office of National Intelligence should be that of a manager, a coordinator or “an empowered quarterback.” His answer? “All of the above, with distinct roles in different situations.” Clapper said he views his...

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