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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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Making a Case for Numbers

September 8, 2015 Data that measure an employee’s performance can appear ominous. But Gerald Ray, an administrative judge and 37-year veteran at the Social Security Administration, believes people should overcome that fear. He thinks eyeing a meter on one’s productivity can enrich expertise and improve agency efficiency. As deputy executive director of the...

The VA’s Company Man

September 8, 2015 Sloan Gibson spent five years interacting with service members while running the USO. But it’s his previous 20 years as a banking executive he draws on in his role as the No. 2 executive in a scandal-rocked Veterans Affairs Department. An advantage for the 1975 West Point graduate is his...

Clinton Email Fracas Raises Question: What Is a 'Special Government Employee?'

September 4, 2015 For more than two years, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley has been firing off letters to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding information on the employment arrangements of Huma Abedin, the all-purpose aide to Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton. The drip-drip controversies over Clinton’s email practices dogging her presidential campaign have...

New Chair of Troubled Chemical Safety Board Begins Listening Tour

September 3, 2015 Two weeks into what some see as a rescue mission as chairman of the troubled Chemical Safety Board, Vanessa Sutherland had launched a listening tour with colleagues and outside stakeholders while bringing more key employees under her direct supervision. “I’m a public citizen and taxpayer, too, so I‘ve read all...

Frustrations of 2013 Shutdown Linger As the Threat of a Repeat Grows, Says Ex-Pentagon Comptroller

September 2, 2015 Conservative lawmakers’ threats to shut down the government next month over Planned Parenthood funding have made at least one former high-level Pentagon official “less confident than a few months ago” in Washington’s ability to avoid repeating the “chaos” his department suffered under sequestration and the 2013 furloughs. Former Comptroller Robert...

Obama Plan to Curb Unfair Labor Practices Draws Industry Fire

September 1, 2015 A proposed rule aimed at curbing contractors’ unfair or inefficient labor practices has drawn objections from major contractors and a qualified thumbs-up from a nonprofit advocate of government transparency. In late May, the Labor and Defense departments, along with the General Services Administration and NASA, jointly proposed rules and guidance...

Homeland Security Spending on Major Conferences Continues to Fly Under the Radar

September 1, 2015 The Obama administration’s push to economize on agency conferences since the 2012 scandal that rocked the General Services Administration may be easier ordered than executed. The Homeland Security Department, its watchdog reported last month, submitted information on only 15 percent of conferences costing $20,000 or more from Oct. 1, 2013,...

Judge Tells IRS to Rethink Privacy Limits on Document Disclosure

August 31, 2015 In the latest twist in the legal battle over alleged White House interference in the Internal Revenue Service, a federal district judge on Friday ordered the tax agency to conduct a new search of documents sought under the Freedom of Information Act by the conservative-leaning nonprofit group Cause of Action....

Watchdog: Pentagon Should Integrate Military Services' Efforts at 'Better Buying Power'

August 31, 2015 After five years and several iterations of the Better Buying Power efficiency initiative, the Defense Department still is not effectively using portfolio management to optimize $1.4 trillion in weapon system investments, the Government Accountability Office has concluded. In areas such as shipbuilding, programs are too often duplicative while affordability studies...

Ex-FEMA Chief Makes No Apologies for Katrina Performance

August 28, 2015 Michael Brown, the ill-fated director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the Katrina crisis, became a household name for reasons he might not have preferred. Since resigning in 2005 amid heavy criticism, he has worked as a consultant and corporate speaker, earning what he calls “big bucks” counseling CEOs...