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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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The Afghan Military’s Tracking of U.S.-Supplied Weapons Is Sloppy at Best

July 28, 2014 Hundreds of thousands of U.S.-made machine guns, rifles and pistols supplied to the Afghan National Security Forces have been sloppily inventoried, raising the risk that some could end up in enemy hands, a watchdog reported Monday. The Defense Department over the past decade-plus has provided more than 747,000 weapons and ...

Contractors Group Would Restructure White House Procurement Shop

July 28, 2014 Citing a “human capital crisis” in a federal workforce beset by retirements and inexperience, a major contractors group on Monday proposed acquisition reforms that would speed up the procurement process, enhance industry-agency collaboration and reorganize the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy to improve workforce training. The Professional Services ...

Millions in Tax Debt Won’t Stop You from Qualifying for a Pentagon Security Clearance

July 28, 2014 Some 83,000 Defense Department employees and contractors remain eligible for security clearances despite owing an aggregate of $730 million in unpaid taxes, the Government Accountability Office reported. The employees -- who either retain or are deemed qualified for secret, top secret or interim security clearances -- owe anywhere from $100 ...

White House Again Rebuffs Issa Subpoena of Political Chief

July 25, 2014 For the second week in a row, President Obama’s staff has rejected a subpoena from the House Oversight panel chairman compelling live testimony from the head of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. At a brief Friday morning hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, ...

Why Is This Commerce Department Agency Charging Other Agencies for Free Reports?

July 24, 2014 The 64-year-old National Technical Information Service has come under fire from senators and a congressional watchdog for charging other agencies for old reports that in many cases are available elsewhere for free. The little-known Commerce Department unit is a repository of current and decades-old scientific, technological, engineering and business research ...

Procurement Chief Nominee Stresses Acquisition Training, Contractor Price Data

July 24, 2014 President Obama’s choice to administer the White House Office of Federal Procurement Policy would seek to enhance the expertise of the government’s in-house acquisition workforce while gathering better interagency data on past prices paid for products and contractor services. Anne Rung, a current budget office adviser who was chief acquisition ...

HHS Makes Personnel Moves to Better Manage Obamacare

July 23, 2014 Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Wednesday announced the appointment of WalMart Senior Vice President Leslie Dach to be her senior counselor and help manage the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. “Leslie’s experience, which spans the business, government and civil society sectors, will further ...

IRS Chief Clashes With Republicans on Email Delivery, Role of IG

July 23, 2014 In his third appearance before a House oversight panel this summer, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday pushed back at Republican lawmakers’ accusations that he has slow-walked the production of requested documents in the year-old probe into the tax agency’s mishandling of applications from conservative nonprofits. He and Democrats ...

High Turnover Hinders Progress on Agency 'Priority' Goals

July 23, 2014 The officials designated as point persons for achieving progress toward agency priority goals identified by the White House are hindered by heavy turnover, spotty information sharing and flawed performance plans, a watchdog found. Government Accountability Office interviews with goal leaders responsible for the White House-identified Agency Priority Goals found progress ...

Cutting Red Tape Could Prove Lucrative for Agencies

July 22, 2014 With agencies engaged in the multi-year process of creating performance-based government, two House members have introduced a bill to import “continuous improvement” practices found in state government and private business and adopt them in Washington. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, on July 16 unveiled the Lean and Responsive Government Act to ...