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-usFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:28:38 -0500OMB Trumpets Progress on Tracking Contractor Performance and Other Cross-Agency Goalshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/omb-trumpets-progress-tracking-contractor-performance-and-other-cross-agency-goals/101712/Obama push for data-driven management is paying off, according to update.Charles S. ClarkFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:28:38 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/omb-trumpets-progress-tracking-contractor-performance-and-other-cross-agency-goals/101712/ManagementSergii Korolko / Shutterstock.comBudget-Crunched IRS Revamps Exempt Organizations Divisionhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/budget-crunched-irs-revamps-exempt-organizations-division/101628/Unit that birthed targeting controversy speeds up applications processing.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:34:44 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/budget-crunched-irs-revamps-exempt-organizations-division/101628/Managementblvdone / Shutterstock.comThe Ambassadorial Confirmation Scorecardhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/ambassadorial-confirmation-scorecard/101595/The 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 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/12/ambassadorial-confirmation-scorecard/101595/News - Fedblog KPG_Payless/Shutterstock.comIt's Hard to Tell Whether U.S. Spending to Elevate Women in Afghanistan Is Working http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/its-hard-tell-whether-us-spending-elevate-women-afghanistan-working/101523/Defense, State and USAID are unable to link their efforts to gains by women, watchdog finds.Charles S. ClarkThu, 18 Dec 2014 00:01:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/its-hard-tell-whether-us-spending-elevate-women-afghanistan-working/101523/ManagementAfghan 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 Erahttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/gpo-rebrands-itself-digital-era/101469/The Government Printing Office is no more—it’s now the Government Publishing Office.Charles S. ClarkWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:31:34 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/gpo-rebrands-itself-digital-era/101469/ManagementGovernment Publishing Office file photoEx-Homeland Security Investigator Draws 3 Years in Prison for Falsifying Recordshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/ex-homeland-security-investigator-draws-3-years-prison-falsifying-records/101463/Texas-based Eugenio Pedraza was found guilty of impeding agency criminal investigations.Charles S. ClarkWed, 17 Dec 2014 12:27:58 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/ex-homeland-security-investigator-draws-3-years-prison-falsifying-records/101463/ManagementAmerican Spirit / Shutterstock.comCrocker: U.S. Wingtips and Pumps, Not Boots, Might Have Helped Syriahttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/crocker-us-wingtips-and-pumps-not-boots-might-have-helped-syria/101406/Veteran ambassador calls for more diplomatic engagement.Charles S. ClarkTue, 16 Dec 2014 17:51:40 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/crocker-us-wingtips-and-pumps-not-boots-might-have-helped-syria/101406/ManagementFormer 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 Uncertaintieshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/12/embattled-cbo-director-defends-calculation-economic-uncertainties/101364/Some Republican ‘supply siders’ want more dynamic scoring of budget changes.Charles S. ClarkTue, 16 Dec 2014 13:26:53 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/12/embattled-cbo-director-defends-calculation-economic-uncertainties/101364/OversightCBO 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 Programhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/12/defense-bill-extends-disputed-small-business-program/101304/Contractors gain opportunities for women-owned firms, exports.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:57:30 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/12/defense-bill-extends-disputed-small-business-program/101304/DefenseDefense Department file photoFEMA Ups Its Game in Sussing Out Phony Aid Claimshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/fema-ups-its-game-sussing-out-phony-aid-claims/101265/GAO reports Hurricane Sandy-related improper payments are down compared with those for Katrina.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Dec 2014 14:38:03 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/fema-ups-its-game-sussing-out-phony-aid-claims/101265/ManagementVirginia National Guard soldiers patrol in Norfolk, Va., during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. U.S. ArmyContractor CEO Pleads Guilty to 20-Year Fraud of USAIDhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/contractor-ceo-pleads-guilty-20-year-fraud-usaid/101256/Millions of dollars of overbilling found in Iraq, Afghanistan reconstruction.Charles S. ClarkMon, 15 Dec 2014 12:47:13 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/contractor-ceo-pleads-guilty-20-year-fraud-usaid/101256/ContractingAndrey_Popov / Shutterstock.comFOIA Reform Probably Isn't Going to Happen This Congresshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/12/foia-reform-probably-isnt-going-happen-congress/101175/Bipartisan bill would have codified "presumption of openness" for agency disclosure.Charles S. ClarkFri, 12 Dec 2014 16:37:59 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/12/foia-reform-probably-isnt-going-happen-congress/101175/OversightSen. 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 Contractshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/pentagon-gets-better-grip-spending-services-contracts/101154/GAO recommends further improvements to help balance civilian and outside workforces.Charles S. ClarkFri, 12 Dec 2014 12:56:26 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/pentagon-gets-better-grip-spending-services-contracts/101154/ContractingDefense Department file photoBan on Executive Oil Portraits Extended in Spending Bill http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/ban-executive-oil-portraits-extended-spending-bill/101085/Rep. Cassidy, a senator-elect, wins another temporary cost-saving prohibition.Charles S. ClarkThu, 11 Dec 2014 16:02:50 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/ban-executive-oil-portraits-extended-spending-bill/101085/ManagementRep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is pushing the measure. Flickr user House GOPGSA Wants Agencies to Get Smarter About Charge Cardshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/gsa-wants-agencies-get-smarter-about-charge-cards/101079/The Federal Acquisition Service is looking for help from the financial services industry.Charles S. ClarkThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:32:54 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/gsa-wants-agencies-get-smarter-about-charge-cards/101079/Contractingphotka/Shutterstock.comPsychologists' $81M Torture Contract Exposes CIA's 'Remarkably Broad' Acquisition Authoritieshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/psychologists-81m-torture-contract-exposes-cias-remarkably-broad-acquisition-authorities/100995/Expensive award to potentially underqualified firm raises eyebrows.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Dec 2014 17:09:29 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/psychologists-81m-torture-contract-exposes-cias-remarkably-broad-acquisition-authorities/100995/ContractingFormer CIA Director Michael HaydenKevin Wolf/AP file photoWatchdog Creates High-Risk List for Afghanistan Reconstructionhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/12/watchdog-creates-high-risk-list-afghanistan-reconstruction/100932/Special IG Sopko warns that corruption could derail U.S. effort to build Afghan self-sufficiency.Charles S. ClarkWed, 10 Dec 2014 13:19:05 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/12/watchdog-creates-high-risk-list-afghanistan-reconstruction/100932/DefenseSIGAR John SopkoSpecial Inspector General for Afghanistan ReconstructionAgencies Show Progress in Curbing Improper Paymentshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/agencies-show-progress-curbing-improper-payments/100857/But GAO finds 10 of 24 major agencies fell short of full reporting.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:27:58 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/agencies-show-progress-curbing-improper-payments/100857/ManagementThe 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 Overcharginghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/war-zone-food-contractor-pleads-guilty-overcharging/100824/Supreme Foodservice to pay $434 million in settlement with government.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:06:34 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/war-zone-food-contractor-pleads-guilty-overcharging/100824/ContractingRep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, helped lead the congressional investigation. Susan Walsh/APFederal Job Satisfaction Sinks in Latest Survey http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/federal-job-satisfaction-sinks-latest-survey/100752/NASA, Commerce and State top nonprofit Partnership’s annual list.Charles S. ClarkTue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/federal-job-satisfaction-sinks-latest-survey/100752/ManagementMinerva Studio/Shutterstock.comGSA Launches New Shared Office Supplies Purchasinghttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/gsa-launches-new-shared-office-supplies-purchasing/100722/GAO’s dismissal of bid protests paves way for further savings through the contract vehicle.Charles S. ClarkMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:32:40 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/gsa-launches-new-shared-office-supplies-purchasing/100722/ContractingMariusz Szczygiel / Shutterstock.comTreasury Watchdog Rewrites Letter on FOIA’d Tax Documentshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/treasury-watchdog-rewrites-letter-foiad-tax-documents/100686/IG attorney backs off statement suggesting unauthorized White House access.Charles S. ClarkMon, 08 Dec 2014 12:41:11 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/treasury-watchdog-rewrites-letter-foiad-tax-documents/100686/ManagementOrhan Cam / Shutterstock.comTreasury Watchdog Asserts Authority Over FOIA’d Tax Documentshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/treasury-watchdog-asserts-authority-over-foiad-tax-documents/100602/Conservative legal group claims White House reviewed confidential returns.Charles S. ClarkFri, 05 Dec 2014 16:55:56 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/12/treasury-watchdog-asserts-authority-over-foiad-tax-documents/100602/Management Eastside Cindy / Shutterstock.comTelework Isn’t the Only Thing PTO Needs to Do a Better Job of Monitoringhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/ig-faults-patent-office-lax-supervision-risky-contracts/100575/IG faults patent office for lax supervision of risky contracts.Charles S. ClarkFri, 05 Dec 2014 14:14:28 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/ig-faults-patent-office-lax-supervision-risky-contracts/100575/Contractingcosma / Shutterstock.comWhite House Procurement Chief Issues Steps to Simplify Acquisitionhttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/white-house-procurement-chief-issues-steps-simplify-acquisition/100497/Agencies encouraged to centralize routine purchasing, share talent.Charles S. ClarkThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:42:45 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/12/white-house-procurement-chief-issues-steps-simplify-acquisition/100497/Contracting"There is a critical need for a new paradigm in federal procurement," wrote OFPP chief Anne Rung. Commerce Department file photo