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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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Yet Another Lois Lerner Email Account Identified

August 27, 2015 In another twist in the trail of federal executives doing business with private email accounts, Justice Department trial attorneys defending the Internal Revenue Service this week revealed the existence of an additional account used by Lois Lerner, the former IRS executive who oversaw the administration of tax exempt organizations. To...

How a No-Show Patent Examiner Got Paid $25,000 While Golfing

August 26, 2015 For at least 730 hours he logged as work time in fiscal 2014, a patent examiner participating in his agency’s telework program was actually hitting golf balls, playing pool or socializing in restaurants. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office might never have detected his timecard abuse had it not been...

IRS Needs to Improve Handling of Obamacare Data

August 25, 2015 Amid all the political fireworks surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service has largely succeeded in correctly processing taxpayer eligibility information, but the agency should improve its information sharing and reporting guidance to reduce risk, a watchdog found. Under some 50 provisions of the 2010 health insurance reform...

Chemical Safety Board Now Functioning with Four Members

August 24, 2015 After two months of operating with only two of its five-member complement, the disputatious Chemical Safety Board on Monday welcomed a new leader and a new board member. Chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland, whose nomination by President Obama the Senate confirmed on Aug. 6, said in a statement Monday, “I look forward...

Agencies Rely on Contractor Tool to Spot Procurement Errors

August 24, 2015 Does federal contract award data need a few good proofreaders? According to Jeff Sopko, executive vice president of the Alexandria, Va.-based PotomacWave consulting firm, about 20 percent to 30 percent of records in the government’s procurement database contain errors. “They stem from frequent changes in policy and procedures that take...

USAID and Watchdog Continue Sparring Over Afghan Health Clinics

August 24, 2015 In another volley over measuring results of a $210 million U.S.-funded health care program run by the Afghan government, an inspector general has again challenged the mapping methodology used by the U.S. Agency for International Development. In June, John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, had sent the development...

Pentagon Brass: Alternative Energy Isn’t Just for Environmentalists

August 20, 2015 Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., made waves back in 2012 when he admonished Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and reminded him he was “not the secretary of Energy.” That exchange made it into the documentary film “The Burden,” a plea for the military to kick its expensive fossil fuel habit. Since its...

Consumer Bureau Couldn't Buy Better Publicity

August 20, 2015 “The Agency That’s Got Your Back,” screams the headline in the Aug. 24 issue of Time magazine (subscription required). Being read all over the hinterland this week is reporter Massimo Calebresi’s profile of the four-plus-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, “a little-known government watchdog [that] is striking fear into the lending...

State Department Still Vague on Who Okayed Clinton Email Set-Up

August 19, 2015 When Hillary Clinton arrived to head the State Department in late January 2009, she would have gone through the usual orientation sessions for new top appointees, including tutorials on handling of classified information and records management. But in the five months since the controversy erupted over her use of a...

Senior Execs and Managers Blast Union for ‘Hit List’ of VA Officials to Fire

August 19, 2015 This story has been updated. In an unusual split between federal employee advocacy groups, the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association on Tuesday teamed up to ask several congressional panels to investigate what they called a “hit list” of Veterans Affairs Department managers compiled by a chapter of...