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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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Retirement of Acting VA Inspector General Doesn’t Halt Criticisms

5:19 PM ET Richard Griffin, longtime deputy inspector general and in recent years acting IG at the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, will leave the federal payroll on July 4, and his retirement is welcomed by some critics seeking a replacement who would be more in tune to whistleblowers. In a memo to his...

An Agency Left in Limbo as Authority Expires

3:17 PM ET The determined effort by some Republicans in Congress to defund the Export-Import Bank has left much of the agency’s staff cramped in their ability to work with industry, the press and public. As of Wednesday, the bank’s charter expired. The Ex-Im Bank—which critics view as corporate welfare due to its...

USAID Updates Error-Riddled Map of Afghan Health Clinics

2:30 PM ET A $210 million U.S.-funded health care program run by the Afghan government risks ineffective oversight because of faulty maps relied on by the U.S. Agency for International Development, a watchdog asserted. In response to findings by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, released in a letter Wednesday, the agency...

Ringleader in GSA Scandal Gets Three Months in Prison

7:26 AM ET Jeff Neely, the Public Buildings Service executive whose orchestration of a lavish Las Vegas training conference rocked the General Services Administration in 2012, was sentenced on Tuesday to three months imprisonment and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in fines and restitution by a federal district judge in San Francisco....

Agriculture Secretary Links Small Business Goals to Larger Agenda

June 30, 2015 Among the top-performing agencies in last week’s record-setting small business contracting score card was the Agriculture Department, whose grade of “A” is touted by its secretary as the result of a focus on rural America, smart spending and a commitment to minority rights. Tom Vilsack, in an interview with Government...

Chemical Safety Board Down to Two Members, Still at Odds

June 29, 2015 This story was updated for clarification July 1, with new information provided by Ray Porfiri. With the Senate out of town and no chance for quick confirmation of a chairman, the Chemical Safety Board is ending a drama-filled month of June with just two of its complement of five members,...

Don’t Blame the Budget for Agencies’ Lack of Innovation

June 29, 2015 After four years as chief management officer at the Homeland Security Department, Rafael Borras had tired of the grind of continuous budget uncertainty, public duties and the feeling that no time was ever right to take vacation. So in February 2014, the undersecretary stepped down after more than 30 years...

USAID, Watchdog Clash on Success of $335 Million Afghan Power Plant

June 29, 2015 A U.S-financed $335 million power plant outside the capital of Afghanistan, which may have failed to provide back-up power during avalanches this February, remains ineffective in creating energy stability in that war-torn country, a watchdog asserted. But the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has shepherded the project that began...

Agencies Break Records Meeting Small Business Contracting Goals

June 26, 2015 Agency buyers met and exceeded their statutory goal of awarding 23 percent of contract dollars to small businesses in fiscal 2014, the Small Business Administration announced on Friday, handing out a best-ever 24.99 percent of awards to eligible small firms and topping the previous record of 23 percent last year....

IRS Destroyed Tapes with Lois Lerner Emails, Watchdog Confirms

June 25, 2015 In the latest wrinkle in the two-year-old investigation of alleged political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service, an inspector general on Thursday previewed a coming report describing tax agency employee destruction of back-up tapes containing emails from former Exempt Organizations division chief Lois Lerner. J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General...