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Charles S. Clark

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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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Justice’s Cancelled 'Smart on Crime' Plan Still Has Potential, Watchdog Says

June 21, 2017 In one of many cases of Washington’s bad timing, the Justice Department’s inspector general on Tuesday released an in-depth evaluation of the Obama administration’s plan to conserve penal resources by focusing prosecutions on the more serious crimes. But the “Smart on Crime” approach initiated in 2013 by then-Attorney General Eric...

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IRS Shuts Down, Then Restores, Tax Preparer I.D. Registration

June 21, 2017 The Internal Revenue Service, after losing a court case earlier this month, shut down its registration site for tax professionals to obtain or update their Preparer Tax Identification Number. After 19 days, the site, which contained a note saying “currently unavailable due to system maintenance,” was back up on Wednesday...

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OMB 'Out of Practice' on Competitive Sourcing, Adviser Says

June 20, 2017 Preliminary moves by the White House to ease the moratorium on reviewing federal jobs for outsourcing under the guidelines in Circular A-76 have drawn some skepticism within the Office of Management and Budget. Linda Springer, President Trump’s senior adviser on management issues who recently announced her June 30 retirement, told...

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Is Momentum Building for Another Round of BRAC?

June 20, 2017 First it was Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz. Then came the drafters of President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget request. Now it’s an ideologically diverse roster of think tank defense specialists urging a long-reluctant Congress to grab some savings by reviving the dreaded Base Closure and Realignment Commission. On...

NSA Still Vulnerable to Insider Threats, Watchdog Found

June 19, 2017 Four years after National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked domestic surveillance data and weeks after the 2016 breach of NSA’s own hacking tools were traced to Russian sources, the agency was still behind in its strategy for securing its internet-based collections systems from insider threats, a watchdog found. In...

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NSA Still Vulnerable to Insider Threats, Watchdog Found

June 19, 2017 Four years after National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked domestic surveillance data and weeks after the 2016 breach of NSA’s own hacking tools were traced to Russian sources, the agency was still behind in its strategy for securing its Internet-based collections systems from insider threats, a watchdog found. In...

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Chaffetz Exits Oversight Panel Accusing Trump of Secrecy As Bad As Obama

June 19, 2017 “A subpoena is not a suggestion,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said at an April 2016 hearing scolding President Obama’s administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. “My view of a subpoena is that it means 100 percent. What should Congress...

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Key Trump OMB Management Adviser to Retire

June 16, 2017 Linda Springer, the veteran budget and federal workforce specialist who has been advising President Trump on his management agenda, is retiring, Government Executive has learned. “It’s a real retirement, not going to another company or entity or going out on my own,” Springer said an interview. A former controller at...

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SBA Chief Promises Women Contractors Greater Efficiency

June 15, 2017 Like all of President Trump’s agency heads, Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon is reviewing SBA programs with the goal of making them more “effective and efficient.” “We have to change, and if not, … those programs have to go,” the administrator told a Thursday “Summit for Success” sponsored by...

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Survey: Trump Should Empower Politically Appointed Agency No. 2s

June 14, 2017 Ranked usually one rung below agency heads, the government’s chief operating officers are key to enactment of President Trump’s management agenda, according to a survey of experienced federal employees. And like career employees, operations officers should be held accountable under a performance plan, said the Wednesday report based on interviews...