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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How the Government’s Quest to Block Robocalls Ended Up In Court

August 22, 2016 The Obama administration’s seven-year push for agencies to hold contests to tap the public for innovation ideas appears to be flourishing. This month’s annual update from the White House Office of Science and Technology Assessment reports that 35 agencies have held 134 prize competitions under authority provided by the 2010...

Top White House Aides Push Climate Change Disclosure

August 19, 2016 Two of President Obama’s key economic strategists took to the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal on Friday to announce new agency actions to track climate change and solicit private-sector cooperation. “Even before the devastating flooding began in Louisiana last week, and we learned that July 2016 shattered all...

Pentagon IG Counsel Accused of Anti-Semitism

August 19, 2016 The decades-old case of a Jewish Army engineer on a weapons program who was accused of spying has been revived by his legal counsel seeking redress from the Defense Department inspector general’s office amid allegations of anti-Semitism. Attorneys for David Tenenbaum, a civilian who works on the Army Tank-Automotive and...

Justice Department Will Phase Out Private Prisons

August 18, 2016 The Bureau of Prisons will decline to renew any expiring contracts with private companies that house federal prisoners, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced on Thursday. “We now have approximately 195,000 inmates in bureau or private contract facilities, down from a high in 2013 of approximately 220,000,” she wrote in...

No Political Meddling with FOIA Requests, Pentagon Watchdog Finds

August 18, 2016 Responding to a senator’s suspicions, the Defense Department’s inspector general interviewed Freedom of Information Act officers for all the military services asking whether any politically appointed non-career staff had delayed or withheld release of any requested documents. In a report released on Thursday, the watchdog said it found no such...

Whistleblowers Exposed Contractors Who Sold Defective Helmets to Pentagon

August 17, 2016 Two contractors -- one private and one government-owned -- manufactured defective combat helmets ordered by the Pentagon, costing the government millions, a watchdog said on Wednesday. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a summary of two fraud investigations by his office and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, with help...

GAO and Pentagon Disagree on Budgeting for Operations and Maintenance

August 17, 2016 Under pressure to fund overseas combat operations, the Defense Department has “realigned” monies to and from day-to-day operations and maintenance accounts without fully explaining the numbers to Congress, a watchdog found. One result of transferring some $149 billion over the past five years, said a Government Accountability Office report released...

Clinton Names Familiar Figures to Lead Her Presidential Transition Team

August 16, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday named four experienced Washington hands to lead her transition team, just as a nonprofit good-government group released its latest advice on innovation for the next administration. Ken Salazar, a former Democratic senator from Colorado and Interior secretary under President Obama, will chair the...

Poll: Government Is the Least Popular of Any Major Industry in the U.S.

August 16, 2016 The image of the federal government took a beating in the latest annual Gallup survey of business-sector favorability. Government ranked dead last in positive views, with only 28 percent of respondents rating it favorably, compared with a whopping 66 percent holding favorable views of the restaurant industry and the computer...

Agencies Don't Know Exactly How Many ‘Special Government Employees’ They Employ

August 15, 2016 Federal agencies collectively employ more than 1,100 full-time high-level temps called “special government employees.” But counts of SGEs are not always reliable, according to a report released on Monday by the Government Accountability Office. As a result, said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who requested the report, agencies...

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