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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GSA Receives On-Time Bids to Build New FBI Headquarters

June 24, 2016 The General Services Administration confirmed that on Wednesday, on schedule, it received bids from an unidentified number of contractors to construct a 2.1 million rentable-square-foot new FBI headquarters facility. The offers came in response to a Jan. 22 phase II request for proposals following an environmental impact assessment completed last...

IRS Could Improve Reponses to Identity Theft, Says GAO

June 24, 2016 Efforts by the Internal Revenue Service to curb wrongful refunds to identity thieves have shown progress, a watchdog said, but shaky methodology may be low-balling estimates of bad payments and a new risk management assessment is warranted. The agency’s Taxpayer Protection Program to authenticate suspicious tax returns relies on posing...

Clinton's Private Email Server Was Briefly Locked Down in 2011

June 23, 2016 Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State show that technicians temporarily suspended traffic from the server to avoid penetration by hackers. The documents were obtained by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch through a court order as part of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking...

Interagency Task Force Completes Largest 'Takedown' of Medicare Fraud Yet

June 22, 2016 An anti-fraud task force led by the Justice and Health and Human Services departments reported a record setting number of arrests on Wednesday, announcing charges against 300 defendants in 36 districts for billing schemes worth more than $900 million. The nine-year-old Medicare Fraud Strike Force executed a “takedown” over the...

House Move to Impeach IRS Chief May Be Illegal

June 22, 2016 If the House Judiciary Committee moves to impeach or censure Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen, it would be entering “uncharted waters” while possibly producing an illegal bill of attainder—essentially declaring the IRS chief guilty of a crime and punishing him without a fair trial, the committee was told during a...

House Passes Bill to Beef Up Inspector General Powers

June 21, 2016 The House late Tuesday voted to expand the investigative powers of the 72 inspectors general, including subpoena power over current and former agency officials and contractors—under certain conditions, where access to agency documents is currently blocked due to privacy considerations. The Inspector General Empowerment Act (H.R. 2395), introduced in May...

House Passes Office of Special Counsel Reauthorization With Whistleblower Protections

June 21, 2016 The House on Tuesday voted to reauthorize the Office of Special Counsel for five years while strengthening its authority to extract information and documents from agencies while investigating alleged retaliation against whistleblowers. The Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act (H.R. 4639) was introduced by Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, a member...

Suspensions and Debarments of Misbehaving Contractors Drop

June 21, 2016 Formal disciplinary actions against federal contractors in the form of suspensions, debarments and proposed debarments fell 3.7 percent in fiscal 2015 over the previous year, according to the annual report of the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee. The survey of agencies found 918 suspensions, 2,196 proposed debarments and 1,873 debarments...

Top Homeland Security Officials Under Fire for Personal Email Use

June 20, 2016 Newly released Homeland Security Department documents detail how Secretary Jeh Johnson and 28 other officials defied a security precaution against using Web-based personal email accounts at the office, the conservative legal group Judicial Watch announced on Friday. The fact that Homeland Security officials “bent rules” on private email use—first reported...

Pentagon Embraces GSA’s OASIS Services Contract

June 20, 2016 Defense Department procurement officials have agreed to expand their use of the General Services Administration’s single contract for complex professional services known as OASIS, GSA announced. The One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contract, and its related version for small business firms, provides a unique vehicle through which agencies can...

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