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Charles S. Clark

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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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Program Duplication Report: Should Scientists Analyze Toy Guns?

April 14, 2015 In presenting 66 actions agencies or Congress could take to reduce program duplication and fragmentation, the Government Accountability Office on Tuesday placed most of the onus for achieving new efficiency on the legislative branch. “Where there has been good progress, it took congressional action to achieve savings, even though agencies...

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VA's Handling of Whistleblowers Continues to Irk Lawmakers

April 14, 2015 Quality of life for head and neck surgeon Dr. Christian Head has done little but deteriorate since last July when he gave testimony to a House panel on a “climate of fear and intimidation” of whistleblowers at the West Los Angeles veterans health care campus. “My leader has been reassigned...

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Air Force Removes General Who Accused Pilot Lobbyists of Treason

April 14, 2015 The two-star general who deployed the word “treason” in criticizing airmen who spoke to Congress about preserving the A-10 Warthog attack aircraft in favor of the F-35 has been removed from his position at the Air Combat Command, the Air Force announced. Maj. Gen. James Post, vice commander of the...

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Poll: Science Agencies 'Stonewalling' Reporters

April 13, 2015 The Obama administration, which has pledged both to embrace transparency and promote scientific integrity, continues to tightly control journalists’ access to federally employed scientists, a survey of reporters found. Nearly 59 percent of respondents “feel that the public is not getting all the information it needs because of the barriers...

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New Numbers Show Decline in IRS' Phone Service

April 10, 2015 Fresh numbers tracking call volume at beleaguered Internal Revenue Service help centers appear to confirm warnings from the tax agency’s leaders and its main employee union that budget cuts are making life miserable for callers as well as staffers as the April 15 filing deadline approaches. Internal IRS performance data...

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Pentagon Strives for Even Better Buying Power

April 10, 2015 The Defense Department on Thursday released the third update of its Better Buying Power acquisition strategy in five years, aiming to preserve U.S. technological superiority by protecting budgets for long-term research and development while enhancing cybersecurity. “We want to identify the weapons, in the systems in the force today, that...

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State Department Agrees to Probe Missing Clinton Emails

April 10, 2015 The State Department agreed back on April 2 to investigate department-wide email preservation policies in the wake of the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the National Archives and Records Administration announced on Thursday. Archives’ release of State’s correspondence came hours after a former Archives litigator...

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Labor Hasn't Reported All Its Conference Spending Properly

April 8, 2015 The crackdown on unnecessary travel and conference spending by both the Obama administration and Congress has added new paperwork and approval processes that agencies do not always execute thoroughly. The Labor Department, according to an inspector general’s report released March 31, skipped a few requirements that it disclose conferences above...

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Obama Administration Looks to 'Lock in Progress' on Management Goals

April 8, 2015 The end of the Obama administration is in sight for leaders of the Office of Management and Budget, who have instructed agencies to prepare for designating cross-agency priority goals for Obama’s final year. Budget Director Shaun Donovan on April 6 sent a memo to all agency heads outlining a schedule...

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Are State Department Contractors Shortchanging Whistleblowers?

April 7, 2015 A review of 30 top State Department contractors found that they have ethics codes for employees that investigators worry “may have a chilling effect” on willingness to blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse, a watchdog found. All of the companies reported some variation of the employee “confidentiality” agreements...

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