Government Executive - Authors - Charles S. Clarkhttp://www.govexec.comCharlie 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-usThu, 18 Sep 2014 17:40:53 -0400Ellsberg: Whistleblowers Needed to Expose 'Cost and Consequences' of Obama's ISIS Planhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/ellsberg-whistleblowers-needed-expose-cost-and-consequences-obamas-isis-plan/94541/Those who step forward should remain anonymous, Pentagon Papers leaker says.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Sep 2014 17:40:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/ellsberg-whistleblowers-needed-expose-cost-and-consequences-obamas-isis-plan/94541/News - FedblogDaniel EllsbergFlickr user Steve RhodesIRS Chief Rebuts Claim of Governmentwide Email Backuphttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/irs-chief-rebuts-claim-governmentwide-email-backup/94532/House Republicans renew push to find more missing Lois Lerner emails.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Sep 2014 17:20:40 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/irs-chief-rebuts-claim-governmentwide-email-backup/94532/OversightIRS Commissioner John KoskinenAPWatchdogs Would Gain Subpoena Power Under House Billhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/watchdogs-would-gain-subpoena-power-under-house-bill/94478/Oversight panel’s bipartisan approach would also speed up IG ethics probes.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Sep 2014 12:08:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/watchdogs-would-gain-subpoena-power-under-house-bill/94478/OversightReps. Elijah Cummings, left, and Darrell Issa introduced the bill to expand IG authority.J. Scott Applewhite/APRepublican House Keeps IRS in its Crosshairshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/republican-house-keeps-irs-its-crosshairs/94376/Bills related to targeting controversy include one to restrict use of personal email.Charles S. ClarkWed, 17 Sep 2014 15:50:44 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/republican-house-keeps-irs-its-crosshairs/94376/OversightRena Schild/Shutterstock.comOMB Points to Progress on Security Clearance Reformhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/progress-security-clearance-reform-navy-yard-anniversary/94346/Agencies are pursuing 'continuous evaluation' of clearance holders, among other improvements.Charles S. ClarkWed, 17 Sep 2014 14:18:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/progress-security-clearance-reform-navy-yard-anniversary/94346/DefenseGuards watch the entrance of the Washington Navy Yard, where last year's shooting by contractor Aaron Alexis has prompted questions about the security clearance process. Chatney Auger/U.S. NavyAfghanistan IG Warns Agencies Should Brace for More Scrutinyhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/afghanistan-ig-warns-agencies-should-brace-more-scrutiny/94229/Reconstruction watchdog says State and USAID have misread his independent role.Charles S. ClarkTue, 16 Sep 2014 15:21:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/afghanistan-ig-warns-agencies-should-brace-more-scrutiny/94229/OversightSIGAR John F. Sopko says oversight will continue even after the U.S. winds down its presence in Afghanistan. Special IG for Afghanistan ReconstructionPatent Office Confirms Concerns Over Telework Fraudhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/patent-office-confirms-concerns-over-telework-fraud/94142/Agency chiefs says new policies were implemented to curb abuse.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Sep 2014 17:12:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/patent-office-confirms-concerns-over-telework-fraud/94142/ManagementAlex Brandon/AP file photoHighway Safety Board Found to Be Slow, Timidhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/highway-safety-board-found-be-slow-timid/94133/New York Times report says NHTSA may be more interested in popular safety ratings than investigating potential dangers.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:31:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/highway-safety-board-found-be-slow-timid/94133/News - FedblogTim Roberts Photography/Shutterstock.comWill Firing One Background Check Contractor Fix the Broken Security Clearance System?http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/will-firing-one-background-check-contractor-fix-broken-security-clearance-system/94085/Industry and employee representatives say USIS’ removal could backfire.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Sep 2014 11:03:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/will-firing-one-background-check-contractor-fix-broken-security-clearance-system/94085/ContractingSen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., hailed OPM's decision to fire USIS, but critics said it could increase the clearance backlog again. Flickr user Senate DemocratsSenate Backs Extension of Pilot Program Expanding Whistleblowers' Court Optionshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/senate-backs-extension-pilot-program-expanding-whistleblowers-court-options/93983/Bill now heads to President Obama’s desk.Charles S. ClarkFri, 12 Sep 2014 14:56:44 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/senate-backs-extension-pilot-program-expanding-whistleblowers-court-options/93983/OversightSen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., was one sponsor of the extension. Flickr user senatormccaskillToo Little Is Known About Vets’ Troubles, Watchdog Findshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/too-little-known-about-vets-troubles-watchdog-finds/93977/Despite new transition programs, VA still struggles to deliver help.Charles S. ClarkFri, 12 Sep 2014 13:50:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/too-little-known-about-vets-troubles-watchdog-finds/93977/DefenseWomen service members are honored at Target Field in Minneapolis. More veterans today are young and female. Flickr user Minnesota National GuardPentagon’s Sole-Source Contracts Continue to Dwindle, Says GAOhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/pentagons-sole-source-contracts-continue-dwindle-says-gao/93899/Army is top awarder of work to disadvantaged businesses.Charles S. ClarkThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:48:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/pentagons-sole-source-contracts-continue-dwindle-says-gao/93899/DefenseMaria Contreras-Sweet, head of the Small Business Administration, meets with Undersecretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning at the Pentagon in April.Defense DepartmentLawmaker Demands Answers on a Highly-Paid, Do-Nothing IRS Employeehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/lawmaker-demands-answers-highly-paid-do-nothing-irs-employee/93902/Attack is the latest in a string of criticisms about the use of “official time” for union business.Charles S. ClarkThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:46:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/lawmaker-demands-answers-highly-paid-do-nothing-irs-employee/93902/Oversightbikeriderlondon / Shutterstock.comVeterans and the Environment Are Winners in Latest Agency Management Efforts http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/veterans-and-environment-are-winners-latest-agency-management-efforts/93839/OMB director touts progress toward agency performance goals.Charles S. ClarkThu, 11 Sep 2014 14:12:54 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/veterans-and-environment-are-winners-latest-agency-management-efforts/93839/ManagementThe Interior Department has expanded permits for renewable energy development, as part of agency performance goals. majeczka / Shutterstock.comCan't Get Tickets to the White House Tour? Try This Instead. http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/cant-get-tickets-white-house-tour-try-instead/93758/A new museum showcases some historical gems.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Sep 2014 17:10:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/cant-get-tickets-white-house-tour-try-instead/93758/News - FedblogThe White House Visitors CenterNational Park ServiceAre Federal Agencies Spending Millions to Stop IGs from Doing Their Jobs? http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/are-federal-agencies-spending-millions-stop-igs-doing-their-jobs/93752/Three inspectors general tell House panel of document denials they say violate law.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Sep 2014 17:03:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/are-federal-agencies-spending-millions-stop-igs-doing-their-jobs/93752/OversightIGs say agencies are throwing up roadblocks. val lawless/Shutterstock.comOPM Terminates Controversial Background Check Contractorhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/opm-terminates-controversial-background-check-contractor/93680/Falls Church-based USIS had been suspended after breach in computer network.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Sep 2014 11:43:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/opm-terminates-controversial-background-check-contractor/93680/ContractingRyan R Fox/Shutterstock.comIf There’s a Pandemic, Homeland Security May be Scramblinghttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/if-theres-pandemic-homeland-security-may-be-scrambling/93617/Department has mismanaged its inventory of masks, hand sanitizer and other emergency protective equipment, watchdog finds.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Sep 2014 16:53:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/if-theres-pandemic-homeland-security-may-be-scrambling/93617/ManagementAid workers continue to fight the spreading Ebola virus in eastern Sierra Leone. Flickr user Cyprien Fabre/European Commission DG ECHOSenators May Attach Strings to Federal Surplus Programs for Local Policehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/senators-may-attach-strings-federal-surplus-programs-local-police/93614/Display of militarism in Ferguson, Mo., pressures agencies to improve oversight.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Sep 2014 16:06:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/senators-may-attach-strings-federal-surplus-programs-local-police/93614/DefenseSen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is considering legislation to improvement management of the Pentagon's 1033 program. J. Scott Applewhite/APHHS Chief Gets Behind One Cause Everyone Can Believe Inhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/hhs-chief-gets-behind-one-cause-everyone-can-believe/93566/Burwell supports a Republican effort to speed discovery and dissemination of pioneering medical cures.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Sep 2014 13:53:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/09/hhs-chief-gets-behind-one-cause-everyone-can-believe/93566/News - FedblogHHSControversial Background Check Contractor Tries to 'Set the Record Straight'http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/controversial-background-check-contractor-tries-set-record-straight/93479/USIS makes the case it should not be banned from continued government work.Charles S. ClarkMon, 08 Sep 2014 17:23:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/controversial-background-check-contractor-tries-set-record-straight/93479/ContractingRep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., is among the lawmakers critical of USIS. Flickr user Howard County Library SystemFinally, Some Good News for Federal Recruitershttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/finally-some-good-news-federal-recruiters/93401/New poll finds high public confidence in civil servants and support for their career choice.Charles S. ClarkMon, 08 Sep 2014 13:35:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/finally-some-good-news-federal-recruiters/93401/Managementracorn / Shutterstock.comSenate Panel Faults 'Bias' of IRS Watchdoghttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/senate-panel-faults-bias-irs-watchdog/93278/Both liberal and conservative groups were mistreated by tax-exempt division, Levin says.Charles S. ClarkFri, 05 Sep 2014 15:10:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/09/senate-panel-faults-bias-irs-watchdog/93278/OversightSen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., released the new report. Flickr user Erin A. Kirk-CuomoPentagon, Congress Face Stark Budget Choiceshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/pentagon-congress-face-stark-budget-choices/93200/A new assessment shows a yawning gap between the Defense Department’s strategy and funding.Charles S. ClarkThu, 04 Sep 2014 16:56:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/09/pentagon-congress-face-stark-budget-choices/93200/DefenseFlickr user David B. GleasonMajor Background Check Contractor Furloughs Thousands of Employees http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/major-security-clearance-contractor-furloughs-thousands-employees/93044/Personnel agency shifts investigations away from USIS following stop-work orders.Charles S. ClarkWed, 03 Sep 2014 16:21:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/09/major-security-clearance-contractor-furloughs-thousands-employees/93044/ContractingAndrey_Popov/Shutterstock.com