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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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Prescription Drug Payments Still Going to Dead People, Watchdog Finds

1:50 PM ET The Medicare program’s bookkeepers have come up short in efforts to curb reimbursements for prescription drugs for patients who are no longer living, said an inspector general’s report released Friday. Because sponsoring pharmacies working with Medicare Part D too often submit payment reports outside the 32-day window following a patient’s ...

One Agency's Short-Lived Idea to Have Its Employees Test a New Ebola Vaccine

October 30, 2014 Editors at the Voice of America, whose correspondents have braved visits to hot zones in Africa to cover the Ebola crisis, may have taken one story inspiration too far. During the public comment period at Thursday’s meeting of VOA’s parent, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a longtime critic blasted the ...

Puzzling Fact: Trade Envoys May Not Text Foreign Counterparts

October 30, 2014 The new global dependency on social media has forced all agencies to revise their archiving habits to comply with the updated 1950 Federal Records Act. But employees of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative are caught in a bind, Government Executive has learned. While many of the foreign officials ...

Director Who Modernized the Federal Register Departs Friday

October 29, 2014 Charley Barth, an enthusiast for moving the governmentwide regulatory review process online, is vacating his post as director of the Office of the Federal Register, a part of the National Archives and Records Administration. The self-described advocate for “digital democracy” announced that he has accepted a private-sector job with Cummins ...

About the House Republicans’ New IRS Video

October 29, 2014 Among the Internal Revenue Service's many missteps in recent years was spending money to produce comical training videos for use at conferences. So eyebrows were raised this week when, a week before the mid-term election, House Republicans on two committees took to YouTube with their own video “highlighting key events ...

After $18M, US Halts Work on Half-Renovated Prison in Afghanistan

October 28, 2014 A five-year-old State Department effort to upgrade Afghanistan’s largest prison has been halted with only half the contracted work performed, a watchdog found. The Pol-i-Charkhi facility in Kabul Province -- designed in the early 1970s for 5,000 prisoners -- currently holds 7,400, according to a report by the Special Inspector ...

U.S. Halted Work on Half-Renovated Prison in Afghanistan

October 28, 2014 A five-year-old State Department effort to upgrade Afghanistan’s largest prison has been halted with only half the contracted work performed, a watchdog found. The Pol-i-Charkhi facility in Kabul Province -- designed in the early 1970s for 5,000 prisoners -- currently holds 7,400, according to a report by the Special Inspector ...

Air Force General Misused Government Limo Privileges

October 28, 2014 The former deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office violated laws and regulations by using government cars and drivers for non-official Washington-area travel, the Defense Department inspector general determined. Maj. Gen. Susan Mashiko, who was also commander of the Air Force Space Command Element, misused a government vehicle “for travel ...

Three Former Policy Czars Offer Advice for Ebola Point Man Ron Klain

October 28, 2014 Whether or not President Obama erred in tapping a Beltway political operative as his “Ebola czar,” Ron Klain is off and running in the post, leaving others to speculate on his prospects for success in addressing the highly fluid public health threat. The kibitzers on the new czar have a ...

A Mixed Verdict on Customer Service at Five Agencies

October 27, 2014 With customer service now an Obama administration cross-agency priority goal, managers need to improve their use of performance measures well as their public presentation of customer service standards, according to the Government Accountability Office. The auditors’ mixed verdict on compliance with the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act covered ...