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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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Senator May Try to Block OPM Nominee’s Confirmation Path

4:48 PM ET Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert gave only a perfunctory response at her confirmation hearing Thursday when asked about an issue that a senator has been raising for years. Two days prior to Cobert’s appearance before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. David Vitter, R-La.,...

New Acquisition Tool Allows Agencies to Comparison Shop

1:25 PM ET Contractors and interested members of the public may now use the online Acquisition Gateway to view a slice of agency procurement data, the General Services Administration announced. The new tool advances the Obama Administration’s push, launched in December 2014, to remove procurement duplication across government through category management. Agencies are...

OPM’s Cobert Confronts Subpoena En Route to Confirmation

February 4, 2016 While no lawmaker threatened to block her confirmation, acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert onThursday faced a panel of senators concerned about a just-issued House committee subpoena and a years-old dispute about OPM’s policy on Obamacare for legislative staff. Cobert, who was deputized to run OPM after the...

Clinton Email Dispute Ropes in Her Predecessors Powell and Rice

February 4, 2016 Longtime partisan tensions on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee resurfaced on Thursday after Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., revealed a plan to pursue his own investigation of agency officials’ use of personal email that is likely to include discussion of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State....

State Department Leaders Inaugurate New ‘Lessons Learned’ Center

February 3, 2016 The “secret channel” that led to last fall’s nuclear deal with Iran “was not the first of its kind, but it felt that way,” said William Burns, the former deputy secretary of State who returned to the department on Tuesday for a special event. A perceived decline in the relevancy...

Now It's Defense Chief Ash Carter's Turn to Explain Use of Personal Email

February 2, 2016 Citing the ongoing probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman on Monday asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter for a full inventory of the emails from his private account disclosed in the press last November. “The use of private email in this context exposes...

Obama’s Final Pentagon Budget Request May Renew Clash Over Spending ‘Gimmick’

February 1, 2016 President Obama’s final defense budget—to be previewed Tuesday by Defense Secretary Ash Carter before it is officially released on Feb. 9—is likely to provoke another clash with the GOP-controlled Congress about funding overseas contingency operations in the base budget, a specialist said on Monday. Where Obama regarded the $58.8 billion...

Afghanistan Growing More Dangerous for US Rebuilders

January 31, 2016 In the latest in a grim series, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction on Friday published a quarterly report highlighting the “fragile and worsening” condition of the economy and security climate in the war-torn country. After a decade of reconstruction and a U.S. investment of $113 billion, “intractable insurgents,...

SBA Finalizes New Business Size Standards

January 29, 2016 Beginning in February, the federal definition of what qualifies as a small business will change, the Small Business Administration announced on Thursday. Two final rules were published this week in the Federal Register for measuring the number of employees, along with final approval for an earlier rule addressing monetary worth...

Navy Commander Pleads Guilty in Contractor’s Bribery-Prostitution Scheme

January 29, 2016 Six years after the launch of an investigation into an Asia-based contractor bribery scheme that cost the Navy $20 million, a Navy commander pleaded guilty to accepting illegal cash, gifts, travel, entertainment and prostitution services, the Justice Department revealed on Thursday. Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, 48, of San Diego,...