Government Executive - Authors - Charles S. Clark Clark joined <i>Government Executive</i> in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at <i>The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal</i>, Time-Life Books, <i>Tax Analysts</i>, 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.en-usFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:28:38 -0500OMB Trumpets Progress on Tracking Contractor Performance and Other Cross-Agency Goals push for data-driven management is paying off, according to update.Charles S. ClarkFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:28:38 -0500 Korolko / Shutterstock.comBudget-Crunched IRS Revamps Exempt Organizations Division that birthed targeting controversy speeds up applications processing.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:34:44 -0500 / Shutterstock.comThe Ambassadorial Confirmation Scorecard Senate just confirmed a slew of nominees, but there are many others who remain in limbo.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:12:51 -0500 - Fedblog KPG_Payless/Shutterstock.comIt's Hard to Tell Whether U.S. Spending to Elevate Women in Afghanistan Is Working, State and USAID are unable to link their efforts to gains by women, watchdog finds.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Dec 2014 00:01:00 -0500 girls gather to hear a speech by President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who has pledged to improve representation of women in Afghanistan's government. Rahmat Gul/APGPO Rebrands Itself for the Digital Era Government Printing Office is no more—it’s now the Government Publishing Office.Charles S. ClarkWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:31:34 -0500 Publishing Office file photoEx-Homeland Security Investigator Draws 3 Years in Prison for Falsifying Records Eugenio Pedraza was found guilty of impeding agency criminal investigations.Charles S. ClarkWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:27:58 -0500 Spirit / Shutterstock.comCrocker: U.S. Wingtips and Pumps, Not Boots, Might Have Helped Syria ambassador calls for more diplomatic engagement.Charles S. ClarkTue, 16 Dec 2014 17:51:40 -0500 Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon Ryan Crocker, testifies before a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in September.Manuel Balce Ceneta/APEmbattled CBO Director Defends Calculation of Economic Uncertainties Republican ‘supply siders’ want more dynamic scoring of budget changes.Charles S. ClarkTue, 16 Dec 2014 13:26:53 -0500 Director Douglas Elmendorf seeks to clarify how his agency handles the inherent uncertainty of budget estimates.J. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoDefense Bill Extends Disputed Small Business Program gain opportunities for women-owned firms, exports.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:57:30 -0500 Department file photoFEMA Ups Its Game in Sussing Out Phony Aid Claims reports Hurricane Sandy-related improper payments are down compared with those for Katrina.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Dec 2014 14:38:03 -0500 National Guard soldiers patrol in Norfolk, Va., during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. U.S. ArmyContractor CEO Pleads Guilty to 20-Year Fraud of USAID of dollars of overbilling found in Iraq, Afghanistan reconstruction.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Dec 2014 12:47:13 -0500 / Shutterstock.comFOIA Reform Probably Isn't Going to Happen This Congress bill would have codified "presumption of openness" for agency disclosure.Charles S. ClarkFri, 12 Dec 2014 16:37:59 -0500 Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he is disappointed the bill did not pass the House. J. Scott Applewhite/APPentagon Gets a Better Grip on Spending for Services Contracts recommends further improvements to help balance civilian and outside workforces.Charles S. ClarkFri, 12 Dec 2014 12:56:26 -0500 Department file photoBan on Executive Oil Portraits Extended in Spending Bill Cassidy, a senator-elect, wins another temporary cost-saving prohibition.Charles S. ClarkThu, 11 Dec 2014 16:02:50 -0500 Bill Cassidy, R-La., is pushing the measure. Flickr user House GOPGSA Wants Agencies to Get Smarter About Charge Cards Federal Acquisition Service is looking for help from the financial services industry.Charles S. ClarkThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:32:54 -0500' $81M Torture Contract Exposes CIA's 'Remarkably Broad' Acquisition Authorities award to potentially underqualified firm raises eyebrows.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Dec 2014 17:09:29 -0500 CIA Director Michael HaydenKevin Wolf/AP file photoWatchdog Creates High-Risk List for Afghanistan Reconstruction IG Sopko warns that corruption could derail U.S. effort to build Afghan self-sufficiency.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Dec 2014 13:19:05 -0500 John SopkoSpecial Inspector General for Afghanistan ReconstructionAgencies Show Progress in Curbing Improper Payments GAO finds 10 of 24 major agencies fell short of full reporting.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:27:58 -0500 report was addressed to report addressed to Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and House oversight committee members. Jacquelyn Martin/AP file photoWar Zone Food Contractor Pleads Guilty to Overcharging Foodservice to pay $434 million in settlement with government.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:06:34 -0500 Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, helped lead the congressional investigation. Susan Walsh/APFederal Job Satisfaction Sinks in Latest Survey, Commerce and State top nonprofit Partnership’s annual list.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Studio/Shutterstock.comGSA Launches New Shared Office Supplies Purchasing’s dismissal of bid protests paves way for further savings through the contract vehicle.Charles S. ClarkMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:32:40 -0500 Szczygiel / Shutterstock.comTreasury Watchdog Rewrites Letter on FOIA’d Tax Documents attorney backs off statement suggesting unauthorized White House access.Charles S. ClarkMon, 08 Dec 2014 12:41:11 -0500 Cam / Shutterstock.comTreasury Watchdog Asserts Authority Over FOIA’d Tax Documents legal group claims White House reviewed confidential returns.Charles S. ClarkFri, 05 Dec 2014 16:55:56 -0500 Eastside Cindy / Shutterstock.comTelework Isn’t the Only Thing PTO Needs to Do a Better Job of Monitoring faults patent office for lax supervision of risky contracts.Charles S. ClarkFri, 05 Dec 2014 14:14:28 -0500 / Shutterstock.comWhite House Procurement Chief Issues Steps to Simplify Acquisition encouraged to centralize routine purchasing, share talent.Charles S. ClarkThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:42:45 -0500"There is a critical need for a new paradigm in federal procurement," wrote OFPP chief Anne Rung. Commerce Department file photo