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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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Senators Vow to Stay on Pentagon’s Case as Auditability Deadline Approaches

May 13, 2014 Five months before a deadline for achieving an auditable budgetary statement, Defense Department financial officials faced tough questioning on Tuesday from senators who said lawmakers and the public are out of patience with the Pentagon’s decades-long inability to clean up its books and get a handle on wasteful spending. “This...

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The Presidential Rank Awards Are Back

May 13, 2014 Nearly a year after a cost-conscious White House canceled the Presidential Rank Awards, the prestigious tool for federal executive recognition is being reinstated, the Office of Personnel Management announced. In a memo to all agency heads, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced a “call for nominations” for the fiscal 2014 awards,...

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Obama Nominee for Controller a Seasoned Fed

May 12, 2014 President Obama’s nominee to be controller at the Office of Management and Budget would bring more than three decades of federal experience that he is currently deploying at a private consulting firm. David Mader, a 32-year veteran of the Internal Revenue Service named May 1 to replace Danny Werfel as...

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Homeland Security Moves Closer to Getting Off GAO's High-Risk List

May 9, 2014 The Homeland Security Department has taken significant steps toward earning removal from the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk list, GAO reported. In an array of high-risk areas in which DHS bears sole responsibility—management functions, flood insurance, cybersecurity and terrorism information sharing—managers are demonstrating clear progress, though more is needed, GAO said...

Not Everyone Loves the DATA Act

May 9, 2014 This story was updated late Friday after President Obama signed the DATA Act into law. President Obama's signature on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act late Friday means agencies will begin actualizing what has been called everything from “transformative” to a 21st-century tool to “revolutionize federal spending.” The DATA Act,...

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Around Government

May 9, 2014 Spidey’s Speedy Delivery The U.S. Postal Service spins a partnership with Spider-Man to pitch Priority Mail. By Eric Katz It’s the old Hollywood trope: While teetering on the edge of disaster, a superhero swoops in at the last possible moment to save the day. In this case, however, the thing...

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America’s Business Plan

May 9, 2014 The Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget—unveiled in early March—contained a new wrinkle. For the first time on budget day, the White House simultaneously released updated agency strategic plans. One document that Beth Cobert, the new deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, saw fit to highlight...

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Regulatory Review May Have Just Made Life Easier for Medicare Providers

May 8, 2014 A newly released final rule streamlining safety standards for Medicare providers is a prime example of the Obama administration’s easing of regulatory burdens, the White House regulatory chief says. Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, in a Wednesday blogpost singled out the May 7 final...

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Lawmakers Wonder 'How Much Porn' It Takes to Fire an EPA Employee

May 8, 2014 Tensions between the inspector general and main staff at the Environmental Protection Agency spilled into the open on Wednesday at a House oversight hearing that veered into EPA’s inability to prevent individual employee misconduct ranging from porn viewing on the job, to falsifying attendance records, to an alleged workplace assault...

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Ex-Employees Want ‘Incompetent’ Forest Service Executive Fired

May 7, 2014 A group of public environmental employees wants the director of the Forest Service’s Law Enforcement and Investigations program fired for “incompetence” and for leading a program “in a state of crisis.” The Forest Service so far does not appear to agree. The nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on Thursday...