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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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Multiple Agencies Join Effort to Track ISIS-Damaged Antiquities

December 9, 2015 As violence by the Islamic State continues to dominate the news, a joint effort by federal agencies, nonprofits and scholars is proceeding apace to document, preserve and protect cultural artifacts that have been destroyed or are threatened in Iraq and Syria. On Friday, six months after ISIS destroyed two famous...

SEC Pressured to Standardize Financial Reporting

December 8, 2015 Among the best ways to head off the next Enron or Bernie Madoff-level financial fraud, according to a pair of lawmakers, is to require federal regulators to more fully embrace consistent data formats for the information they collect on financial transactions. Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Mike Quigley, D-Ill., summoned...

Can You Accept That Glass of Wine at a Contractor’s Holiday Party?

December 8, 2015 Using language with ever-finer hair-splitting, the Office of Government Ethics is using the holiday season as an opportunity to remind federal employees of nuanced rules on accepting gifts at work, while proposing an update and clarification of the guidance. In a Dec. 2 blogpost, OGE Director Walter M. Shaub, Jr....

Newly Reauthorized Export-Import Bank Will Get Ethics Office, Risk Manager

December 7, 2015 Export-Import Bank officials breathed a sigh of relief when President Obama on Friday signed the independent agency’s reauthorization after months of efforts by Republicans to abolish the bank as “corporate welfare.” But changes are in the works, among them the bill’s requirements that the bank establish an ethics office and...

Agency Energy Use Reduced to 40-Year Low

December 7, 2015 The federal government’s overall energy consumption has been cut to its lowest level since recordkeeping began in 1975, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced on Monday. The Defense Department demonstrated the most dramatic reductions, in large part due to trims in jet fuel consumption, the unit of the Energy Department...

2016 Presidential Transition Already Under Way, Think Tank Says

December 4, 2015 With surveys showing trust in government at record lows, it’s not too early to begin an orderly and nonpartisan transition to the next presidential administration and begin rebuilding faith in agencies, an array of experienced federal officials told a conference on Thursday. “The management issue is not usually the focus...

Highway Bill Forces Federal Union to Swallow Bitter Pills

December 4, 2015 The final version of the $305 billion highway bill that President Obama is expected to sign contains two provisions affecting agency staffing bitterly opposed by the National Treasury Employees Union and several travel industry groups. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act cleared by Congress on Thursday—which the Congressional Budget Office...

Pentagon Bought Itself $150M in Unnecessary Luxury Homes in Afghanistan, Watchdog Says

December 4, 2015 A Defense Department task force working to develop war-torn Afghanistan spent $150 million, or 20 percent of its budget, on luxurious housing and private security guards rather than housing employees at military installations, a watchdog found. The revelation from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction came in a Nov....

Ex-Pentagon Official Blasts Political Parties for 'Crisis' in Washington

December 3, 2015 Deploying rhetoric unusually charged for a think tank conference, former Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre on Thursday excoriated the Republican and Democratic parties for causing a “collapse in our political system” that risks becoming a crisis of government that discredits agencies in the public mind. “The Democrats are dying of...

Pentagon's Afghanistan Unit Spent $150 Million on Luxury Villas and Guards

December 3, 2015 A Defense Department task force working to develop war-torn Afghanistan spent $150 million, or 20 percent of its budget, on luxurious housing and private security guards rather than housing employees at military installations, a watchdog found. The revelation from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction came in a Nov....