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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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White House Transition Survivors Regret Neglecting Congress

May 25, 2016 In offering advice to the emerging teams for the next administration, former White House National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley this week engaged in some self-criticism. “I regret that we didn’t use Congress more, to meet the delegations after their trips” for debriefings, said the adviser to George W. Bush and...

House Passes Bills to Speed Up Sales of Federal Buildings

May 24, 2016 Impatient with the Obama administration’s seven-year effort to “shrink the federal footprint,” the House on Monday unanimously passed two bills aimed at accelerating the process of disposing of unneeded agency buildings, restructuring the General Services Administration and creating a new buildings authority. Backers said together the bipartisan bills would save...

IRS Chief Politely Skips House Impeachment Hearing

May 24, 2016 Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday declined to appear at a House Judiciary Committee hearing planned a week ago to investigate his “misconduct” in allegedly withholding information from Congress on the long-simmering charges that the agency is biased against conservatives. “I have the deepest respect for you and for...

Contractors See Some Goodies in Big Defense Bill

May 23, 2016 The grab-bag $610 billion defense policy bill now at the halfway point in its journey through Congress has the contracting community upbeat about some procurement and small business reforms while wary of debate about the extent to which defense contractors will be subject to President Obama’s Fair Pay Safe Workplaces...

Interagency Collaboration—For the Birds

May 23, 2016 North America’s migratory bird population—whose delicate health is seen as threatened by climate change—has a tendency to choose flyways without regard to state and international borders. Hence protecting migratory birds requires an intricate collaboration of federal agencies, academics and nonprofits from three countries. Many of those groups gathered May 18...

OMB Gets High Marks for Pursuing Cross Agency Priority Goals

May 23, 2016 The Obama administration’s efforts to guide program managers’ work toward achieving cross-agency priority goals are paying off, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Friday. The goals with such themes as open data, improving customer service and investing in job creation must be named, funded and tracked under...

A New Front In Obama's War on Whistleblowers

May 23, 2016 A cashiered senior official in the Pentagon’s inspector general office ended years of anonymous complaints this weekend, giving interviews about his former employer’s handling of whistleblowers in key national security controversies, including the Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake cases. John Crane, 60, who spent 25 years in government before he...

Fired Pentagon Whistleblower Goes Public in Attack on IG’s Office

May 23, 2016 A cashiered senior official in the Pentagon’s inspector general office ended years of anonymous complaints this weekend, giving interviews about his former employer’s handling of whistleblowers in key national security controversies, including the Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake cases. John Crane, 60, who spent 25 years in government before he...

Lawmaker: Get Criminal Investigators Out of a ‘Failed Bureaucracy’

May 20, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service would lose 2,500 special agents and another 1,000 of its employees worldwide under a bill introduced Thursday that would make the agency’s Criminal Investigation division a separate entity under the Treasury Department. “These are the IRS agents that carry guns and badges, and they’re very skilled...

Panetta Wishes Lawmakers Could Summon Courage from World War I Memorial

May 20, 2016 Former Pentagon and CIA chief Leon Panetta recently lent his good offices in retirement to raising money to build the planned World War I Memorial in Washington’s Pershing Park. His motive in part, he made clear in remarks Wednesday at the National Press Club, is that “our elected leaders can...