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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 'Dangerous, Scary Trend' in Retaliation Against Whistleblowers: Criminal Probes

4:24 PM ET In the 18 months since enactment of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, agency managers may have shifted to a new tactic for retaliating against employees who’ve embarrassed them with reports of alleged wrongdoing, according to whistleblower advocates. Increasingly, criminal investigations are being launched at agencies ranging from the Internal Revenue ...

Lawmaker: VA Alone Is Sitting on $2B in Underused Property

2:13 PM ET It took three years and a subpoena, but House Oversight panel members this week finally received an up-to-date White House inventory of underused or excess federal properties. The result: A total tally of 7,000 unneeded properties worth $350 billion, a figure deemed “unacceptable” by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of ...

Maryland and Virginia Still Both in Running for New FBI Headquarters

July 29, 2014 In a next step toward building a new consolidated headquarters for the FBI, the General Services Administration on Tuesday unveiled a short list of three suburban Washington sites that could win the competition. Two of the potential sites are in Maryland and one in Virginia. The Maryland finalists are both ...

House Passes Ambitious Reorganization of U.S. International Broadcasting

July 29, 2014 The long-disputed Broadcasting Board of Governors would be thoroughly reorganized under a reform bill the House passed Monday evening by voice vote. The 2014 United States International Communications Act (H.R. 4490) would clarify the agency’s mission in an age of digital competition and establish a full-time, day-to-day agency head while ...

'$10.10 Is Not Enough,' Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers Tell Obama

July 29, 2014 Some 100 pro-union protestors, some dressed as World War II worker icon Rosie the Riveter, chanted in front of Washington’s Union Station Tuesday morning demanding that President Obama sign a new executive order raising the hourly pay of low-wage government contract workers and permitting collective bargaining. “$10.10 is not enough… ...

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 ...