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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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GSA Steers Pentagon to $1 Billion Contract to Track Global Threats

September 25, 2015 The Defense Department will gain support for its operations to monitor and mitigate worldwide threats under a new services contract with Booz Allen Hamilton, the General Services Administration announced on Thursday. The $937 million award is the largest to date under GSA’s OASIS flexible strategic sourcing program focused on integrated...

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Agencies Report Low Budgets and Staff for Online Privacy Protection

September 24, 2015 As the damage toll grows from this year’s breach of federal personnel data, a new survey shows federal managers reporting low budgets and short-staffing as they focus more than the private sector on compliance with procedures for preventing data loss. Agency employees in 70 percent of government programs cited insufficient...

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Issa Cites Tensions with Executive Branch on Bipartisan DATA Act

September 23, 2015 The act Congress passed last year to standardize and publicize government data eventually became bipartisan, but resistance may now come from the agencies through half-hearted implementation, said its chief author, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. When co-sponsor Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., “joined the fray, it became clearly apolitical,” Issa told reporters...

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Issa Says He’s Never Voted to Shut Down the Government

September 23, 2015 The former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel on Wednesday denied any responsibility for the current budget stalemate that risks a government shutdown. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said he has “never voted for a shutdown and never will,” noting he consistently votes for bills that would keep...

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VA Accounts for More Than One-Third of Government’s Whistleblower Complaints

September 22, 2015 Employees of the Veterans Affairs Department have filed a stunning 35 percent of the 4,000 prohibited personnel practice complaints the government has received so far in 2015, surpassing the rate of the much-larger civilian workforce at the Defense Department, a Senate panel learned Tuesday. Carolyn Lerner, who heads the Office...

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White Houses Seeks to Accelerate Infrastructure Projects

September 22, 2015 Though plans for larger national infrastructure investments remain stalled in Congress, two key players at the White House on Tuesday unveiled new guidance aimed at speeding up permitting and better tracking agency projects. Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan and Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christy Goldfuss...

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Contractors Are Reminded the President Always Wins in Shutdown Battles

September 21, 2015 Going back to Ronald Reagan, “the president has won every shutdown battle ever,” attorney John Cooney, who was Office of Management and Budget general counsel during the 1995-96 government shutdowns, assured contractors on Monday. Ever since the OMB first drafted agency procedures for handling shutdowns in 1980, “The White House...

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IRS Phone Service Got Much Worse in an Otherwise Solid Filing Season

September 21, 2015 This story has been updated. Just as leaders at the Internal Revenue Service had warned, the level of toll-free telephone service the agency provided to taxpayers during the 2015 filing season dropped precipitously compared to previous years as a result of budget cuts, a watchdog found. In answering 8.3 million...

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Inspectors General Express Frustration with Slow Hiring, Cyber-Threats

September 18, 2015 Many of the 72 federal inspectors general fear that this year’s data breach at the Office of Personnel Management could affect the willingness of individuals and agencies to share data for program management and oversight purposes, a new survey found. Half those responding to the third annual survey by the...

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Nine Census Employees Were Paid for 100 Full Days They Did Not Work

September 18, 2015 As many as 40 Census Bureau employees who process background checks on new hires and contractors fudged their time-and-attendance reports by a total of nearly 20,000 hours, costing the government some $1.1 million, according to the Commerce Department inspector general. Workers in the bureau’s Hiring and Employment Check Office-- which...