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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent 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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Pentagon Logistics Agency Sold Sensitive Military Surplus to GAO Sleeper Purchasers

July 21, 2017 In an unusual dabble in domestic spycraft, Government Accountability Office auditors set up a fake law enforcement agency and successfully persuaded the Defense Logistics Agency to sell its “employees” sensitive military surplus. GAO’s derring-do effort to test agencies’ controls against improper payments, as described in a report released July 18,...

Officials Laud House Proposal for Commission to Curb Improper Payments

July 20, 2017 Buried in the far-reaching House budget resolution that cleared committee on Wednesday is a proposal to empanel an “independent commission to find tangible solutions to reduce governmentwide improper payments.” Reaching higher than the Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 budget, the House Republican plan sets the goal of cutting unmerited payments in...

Trump Regulatory Chief Hits Ground Running for 'Fundamental Shift'

July 20, 2017 Nine days after she was confirmed by the Senate, President Trump’s regulatory chief presided over the release of a mandatory forecast of upcoming rule-making and touted savings from cutting red tape as of the administration’s six-month anniversary. Neomi Rao, a former George Mason University law professor, rolled out the Office...

A One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Civil Service Reform Won't Work, Study Says

July 19, 2017 The federal government's system for hiring, firing and measuring mission success is “fundamentally broken” and needs modernizing that moves beyond a “one size fits all” approach, says a new study from alumni of multiple agencies. The study, released on Tuesday by a task force of the National Academy of Public...

Homeland Security Frustrates Some Who Want Action on Russian Hacking

July 18, 2017 The ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., was on national television on Sunday expressing skepticism about the Homeland Security Department’s recently stepped-up commitment to preventing a recurrence of Russian hackers’ efforts to interfere with the 2016 elections. “The fact that the president of the United...

Ex-Diplomats Protest Trump Plan to Move Key Bureaus Out of State Department

July 18, 2017 Amid objections from retired diplomats and some lawmakers, the State Department is seeking to allay concerns over a report that the Trump administration reorganization plans would move visa approval to the Homeland Security Department. As first reported last month by CNN, the White House Domestic Policy Council and Secretary of...

IRS Should Improve FOIA Document Retrieval, Watchdog Finds

July 17, 2017 Four years after charges of political bias rocked the Internal Revenue Service, the watchdog who played a key role in the controversy has faulted the procedures by which the tax agency retrieves internal documents in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in...

Fugitive Kentucky Social Security Fraudster Gets 12 Years in Prison

July 17, 2017 Officials laboring in the governmentwide effort to thwart improper payments could take satisfaction in Friday’s Justice Department announcement that a Kentucky attorney who had pleaded guilty to seeking to defraud Society Security of $550 million drew a prison sentence of 12 years. But the chief conspirator is on the lam....

Mislabeled Weapons Raise Risk of Accidental Explosions in South Korea

July 14, 2017 Air Force munitions crews working with the South Korean military need to improve the way they label the weights of munitions on the peninsula, both to prevent accidental explosions and to conserve storage space, a watchdog found. In a redacted report formerly classified as secret, the Defense Department inspector general...

Pentagon Watchdog Compiles Recommendations That Could Save $34 Billion

July 13, 2017 The Defense Department’s watchdog on Thursday released a 450-page compilation of more than 1,298 open recommendations Pentagon has yet to implement, including 58 with the potential save the department $33.6 billion. Addressing subjects ranging from planning for the use of nuclear weapons, to the disinterment of deceased service members from...