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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Pentagon's Quest for Single IT Architecture Needs Work, Says GAO

July 18, 2016 The Pentagon’s efforts to harmonize the information technology systems on which it is spending $38 billion this fiscal year have fallen behind on specifying costs, workforce needs and cybersecurity strategies, a watchdog found. The so-called Joint Information Environment--established in 2010 by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates as an architecture for the...

White House to Agency Leaders: You Must Do More to Reduce Risk

July 18, 2016 After more than a year of anticipation, the Office of Management and Budget on Friday released updated guidance requiring agencies to step up efforts to reduce risk across their operations. The revised Circular A-123, which dates to 1981, requires agencies to implement an enterprise risk management capability coordinated with the...

FDA Worker Conspired in $3.4 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

July 18, 2016 A Food and Drug Administration employee pleaded guilty to a multi-million-dollar conspiracy to submit false tax returns, the Justice Department announced on July 14. Nafeesah Hines, 46, of Jamaica, N.Y., admitted submitting fraudulent tax returns with two accomplices to collect more than $3.4 million from the Internal Revenue Service from...

Why Millennials Spurn Government Jobs

July 12, 2016 Phillip Sheridan, a 34-year-old government technology contractor, believes his federal security clearance raises his earning power in the Washington metropolitan area by $30,000. “But it makes you insecure because you think you don’t have skills to compete in Silicon Valley,” he said. In his heart of hearts, he “wants to...

Senators Press Housing Finance Watchdog on Staff Cuts, Reorganization

July 8, 2016 The little-known inspector general’s office at the Federal Housing Finance Agency is under fire from two Senate committee chairmen following a reorganization aimed at better targeting of auditing and evaluation resources. Laura Wertheimer, who in 2014 was sworn in at the nearly six-year-old watchdog office that helps monitor $5 trillion...

Denying Clinton Classified Briefings May Run Afoul of Presidential Transition Act

July 8, 2016 Within months of its enactment, the new law aimed at smoothing the presidential transition may be running into its first challenge as a result of the Hillary Clinton email scandal. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday wrote to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking that he “refrain from...

Exactly How 'Sophisticated' Is Hillary Clinton on Email Use and Classification?

July 7, 2016 Amid the fireworks at Thursday’s House hearing featuring FBI Director James Comey came a dispute—largely along partisan lines---about the sophistication of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The Republican agenda on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to grill Comey on whether politics tinged his decision not to prosecute...

House Passes Package of Federal Employee Rights Changes

July 7, 2016 Just after Midnight Wednesday, the Republican-controlled House passed a package of seven bills aimed at holding federal employees accountable for poor performance or misconduct. The largely party-line vote was 241-181. The Government Reform and Improvement Act (H.R. 4361), originally sponsored by Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., would ease the suspension or...

Obama Threatens Veto of Effort to ‘Weaken the Rights of Federal Employees’

July 6, 2016 The House Rules Committee on Tuesday merged an array of bills that would affect the federal workforce with an information technology safeguard act, immediately drawing a White House veto threat. What will soon come to the House floor as the Government Reform and Improvement Act. (H.R. 4361), originally sponsored by...

Labor Department Overdue for FOIA Upgrades, Auditors Say

July 5, 2016 The same week President Obama signed a bill reforming the Freedom of Information Act, the Labor Department came into criticism for inefficiencies and out-of-date computer systems for responding to requests for documents. Labor has “not updated its FOIA regulation to reflect changes in its process made in response to more...

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