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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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VA Lost a Clerk’s Disability File, then Fired Him for Running to Congress

September 9, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department’s move to terminate a Baltimore-based clerk after he contacted a member of Congress over a lost benefits file constituted a prohibited personnel practice, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Tuesday. The OSC found that VA violated the Civil Service Reform Act when it discharged Bradie...

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Pentagon Moves Ahead With HQ Staff Cuts

September 8, 2015 With Congress and the White House still at loggerheads over the defense budget, Pentagon personnel strategists are proceeding with a more-severe version of an existing plan for cuts to headquarters staff—angering a major union in the process. On Aug. 24, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work sent all military departments and...

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Obama’s Latest Executive Order Requires Sick Leave for Contractors

September 8, 2015 In another in his stream of executive moves that don’t require congressional approval, President Obama used Labor Day and the ongoing presidential campaign to highlight his signing of an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days sick leave for employees. “We’ve seen that many companies, including...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...