Government Executive - Authors - Charles S. Clarkhttp://www.govexec.com/voices/charles-s-clark/2332/Charlie 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-usWed, 22 Oct 2014 16:44:05 -0400Lifesize Foosball Game, Swedish Massages for Rabbits Make Coburn's Final 'Wastebook'http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/lifesize-foosball-game-swedish-massages-rabbits-make-coburns-final-wastebook/97172/Retiring senator frames alleged wasteful spending against the backdrop of increasing “chaos, confusion and uncertainty.”Charles S. ClarkWed, 22 Oct 2014 16:44:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/lifesize-foosball-game-swedish-massages-rabbits-make-coburns-final-wastebook/97172/OversightOleg Malyshev / Shutterstock.comIRS Chief: Congressional Overseers May Have Gotten ‘A Little Carried Away’ http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/irs-chief-congressional-overseers-may-have-gotten-little-carried-away/97154/Koskinen tells trade publisher his agency made mistakes, but defends post-scandal reforms.Charles S. ClarkWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:48:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/irs-chief-congressional-overseers-may-have-gotten-little-carried-away/97154/OversightInternal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in July. APFunding Hikes to Combat Health Care Fraud Could Pay Off, CBO Sayshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/funding-hikes-combat-health-care-fraud-could-pay-cbo-says/97139/Study examines budget impact of Justice and HHS efforts to reduce improper payments.Charles S. ClarkWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:20:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/funding-hikes-combat-health-care-fraud-could-pay-cbo-says/97139/ManagementAndrey_Popov / Shutterstock.comDoes CDC Need More Authority to Enforce Its Own Ebola Protocols?http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/does-cdc-need-more-authority-enforce-its-own-ebola-protocols/97004/The agency must rely on hospitals to follow its guidance, and OSHA to enforce the rules.Charles S. ClarkTue, 21 Oct 2014 13:00:28 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/does-cdc-need-more-authority-enforce-its-own-ebola-protocols/97004/ManagementMedical personnel escort Nina Pham, one of the nurses who contracted Ebola in Dallas, to an aircraft. Tony Gutierrez/AP$7 Billion Bid to Wean Afghanistan From Opium Trade Is a Busthttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/7-billion-bid-wean-afghanistan-opium-trade-bust/96998/Special inspector general reports poppy farming levels are at an all-time high.Charles S. ClarkTue, 21 Oct 2014 12:24:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/7-billion-bid-wean-afghanistan-opium-trade-bust/96998/ManagementDefense Department file photoBid Protest Ruling Deals Blow to Background Check Contractorhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/bid-protest-ruling-deals-blow-background-check-contractor/96947/GAO partially upholds challenge of USIS deal with the Homeland Security Department.Charles S. ClarkMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:36:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/bid-protest-ruling-deals-blow-background-check-contractor/96947/Contractingsergign / Shutterstock.comAmid Ebola Scare, CDC Falls in Public’s Esteemhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/amid-ebola-scare-cdc-falls-publics-esteem/96854/Poll shows FBI as only civilian agency respected by majority of Americans.Charles S. ClarkMon, 20 Oct 2014 08:42:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/amid-ebola-scare-cdc-falls-publics-esteem/96854/ManagementCenters for Disease Control and Prevention file photoLaptops, Confidential Documents Left Sitting Out in GSA’s New Open Officehttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/laptops-confidential-documents-left-sitting-out-gsas-new-open-office/96758/Watchdog’s surprise inspection uncovers performance reviews and contractor selection reports on desks.Charles S. ClarkFri, 17 Oct 2014 13:48:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/laptops-confidential-documents-left-sitting-out-gsas-new-open-office/96758/Managementyuki33 / Shutterstock.comAgency Officials Oppose Flight Bans from Ebola Hot Zones http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/agency-officials-oppose-flight-bans-ebola-hot-zones/96701/Republicans push for travel restrictions.Charles S. ClarkThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:24:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/agency-officials-oppose-flight-bans-ebola-hot-zones/96701/ManagementDr. Anthony Fauci testified before Congress Thursday.J. Scott Applewhite/AP Federal Health Officials Face Questions from All Sides on Capitol Hillhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/federal-health-officials-cdc-ebola-/96620/Democrats are focused on budget cuts to health agencies, while GOP questions the competence of the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.Charles S. ClarkThu, 16 Oct 2014 11:22:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/federal-health-officials-cdc-ebola-/96620/OversightHouse Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.Charles Dharapak/APGovernment Failures Illustrate the Need for Risk Managementhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/government-failures-illustrate-need-risk-management/96554/Survey: Chief financial officers question the value of clean audits; are concerned about recruits’ pay.Charles S. ClarkWed, 15 Oct 2014 16:04:19 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/government-failures-illustrate-need-risk-management/96554/ManagementLightspring/Shutterstock.comControversial VA Procurement Executive Resigns Before She Can Be Firedhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/controversial-va-procurement-chief-resigns-she-can-be-fired/96527/VA says it had no way to stop Susan Taylor, accused of conflict of interest, from retiring.Charles S. ClarkWed, 15 Oct 2014 11:53:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/controversial-va-procurement-chief-resigns-she-can-be-fired/96527/ContractingVA chief Bob McDonald holds a town hall meeting in Washington. McDonald has promised to hold executives accountable for misconduct. Veterans Affairs DepartmentJoin a Gym or Get Your Hair Done, Sometimes on Uncle Sam’s Plastichttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/join-gym-or-get-your-hair-done-sometimes-uncle-sams-plastic/96470/House Members seek improved enforcement of Government Charge Card Abuse Act.Charles S. ClarkTue, 14 Oct 2014 17:15:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/join-gym-or-get-your-hair-done-sometimes-uncle-sams-plastic/96470/Oversight luchunyu/Shutterstock.comCompetitor to Troubled Background Check Contractor Retains Hope on Bid Protesthttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/competitor-troubled-background-check-contractor-retains-hope-bid-protest/96422/GAO to decide by Oct. 20 whether USIS can keep Homeland Security field office work.Charles S. ClarkTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:01:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/competitor-troubled-background-check-contractor-retains-hope-bid-protest/96422/Contractingsergign / Shutterstock.comA Double Dose of Luck for the Park Servicehttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/double-dose-luck-park-service/96398/Two gifts help the agency maintain the onetime home of the Custis and Lee families overlooking Arlington Cemetery.Charles S. ClarkTue, 14 Oct 2014 12:31:28 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/double-dose-luck-park-service/96398/News - FedblogArlington House, which recently received a $12.35 million gift to restore its weakened structure. National Park Service file photoCould Obama's Push for Evidence-Based Program Evaluations Cross Party Lines?http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/could-obamas-push-evidence-based-program-evaluations-cross-party-lines/96122/OMB innovation specialist describes quiet meeting with House Budget GOP staff.Charles S. ClarkWed, 08 Oct 2014 16:54:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/could-obamas-push-evidence-based-program-evaluations-cross-party-lines/96122/Managementwrangler / Shutterstock.comBroadcasting Board Outsources Controversial Newsroom Contractinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/broadcasting-board-outsources-controversial-newsroom-contracting/96017/Executives said the move is not an effort to replace current staff.Charles S. ClarkWed, 08 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/broadcasting-board-outsources-controversial-newsroom-contracting/96017/Contractingwellphoto/Shutterstock.comVA Starts to Make Good on Its Promise to Fire More Execshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/va-starts-make-good-its-promise-fire-more-execs/95951/Department officials recommend three more high-level officials for removal.Charles S. ClarkTue, 07 Oct 2014 12:50:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/va-starts-make-good-its-promise-fire-more-execs/95951/ManagementAndrey_Popov/Shutterstock.comVA One Step Closer to Removing Controversial Procurement Chiefhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/va-one-step-closer-removing-controversial-procurement-chief/95900/Watchdog’s ethics takedown of Susan Taylor prompts deputy secretary to name replacement.Charles S. ClarkMon, 06 Oct 2014 17:17:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/va-one-step-closer-removing-controversial-procurement-chief/95900/ContractingA hospital overseen by the Veterans Health Administration, where Taylor works. Veterans Affairs Department file photoHow to Stump the Smartest Man in Obama’s Cabinethttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/how-stump-smartest-man-obamas-cabinet/95870/Energy Secretary and renowned physicist Ernest Moniz has a few gaps in his education.Charles S. ClarkMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:47:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/how-stump-smartest-man-obamas-cabinet/95870/News - FedblogEnergy Secretary Ernest MonizEnergy DepartmentBorder Agency Improves Handling of Unaccompanied Minorshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/border-agency-improves-handling-unaccompanied-minors/95846/Watchdog finds better medical screening, food service and case processing during unannounced visits.Charles S. ClarkMon, 06 Oct 2014 12:48:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/border-agency-improves-handling-unaccompanied-minors/95846/ManagementDonna Burton/Customs and Border ProtectionDid Budget Cuts Cause the Secret Service Failures?http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/did-budget-cuts-cause-secret-service-failures/95801/Independent review likely will focus on White House safety and agency culture, not money.Charles S. ClarkFri, 03 Oct 2014 17:00:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/did-budget-cuts-cause-secret-service-failures/95801/ManagementWhite House file photoSBA Data Show Large Firms Are Nabbing Contracts Reserved for Small Businesseshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/sba-data-show-large-firms-are-nabbing-contracts-reserved-small-businesses/95699/The information was obtained by the American Small Business League after a multi-year court battle.Charles S. ClarkThu, 02 Oct 2014 17:40:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/sba-data-show-large-firms-are-nabbing-contracts-reserved-small-businesses/95699/ContractingAccording to federal procurement data released by the Small Business Administration, Chevron received small business contracts in 2013.Ken Wolter/Shutterstock.comControversial VA Procurement Officer Should Be Fired, Lawmaker Sayshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/controversial-va-procurement-officer-should-be-fired-lawmaker-says/95702/Rep. Coffman cites IG’s criminal referral of Susan Taylor for conflict of interest.Charles S. ClarkThu, 02 Oct 2014 16:56:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/10/controversial-va-procurement-officer-should-be-fired-lawmaker-says/95702/ContractingRep. Mike Coffman reminds VA chief of promise to deal swiftly with problem employees. Flickr user House GOPGSA Presses Ahead with Homeland Security Consolidationhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/gsa-presses-ahead-homeland-security-consolidation/95579/Agency awards contract for renovating a building that will hold 700 employees.Charles S. ClarkWed, 01 Oct 2014 14:07:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/gsa-presses-ahead-homeland-security-consolidation/95579/ManagementA walkway connecting sections of the Coast Guard's new headquarters at St. Elizabeths. The Coast Guard headquarters was the first phase of the project. Coline Sperling/Coast Guard