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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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Afghanistan Watchdog Goes Another Round with USAID Over $335M Power Plant

August 14, 2015 The $335 million U.S.-built electrical power plant considered key to Afghanistan’s economic stability continues to be dangerously underutilized, despite repeated claims of progress by the U.S. Agency for International Development, a watchdog said. A review of USAID-supplied production data on the Tarakhil Power Plant near the capital Kabul “shows that...

Agencies Should Drive Harder Bargains for Supplies, GAO Says

August 13, 2015 In ordering $33.1 billion in goods and services through the Federal Supply Schedules, federal, state and local agencies too often failed to take advantage of discounts, a congressional watchdog found. “Agencies are paying insufficient attention to prices when using FSS,” said the Government Accountability Office’s review of fiscal 2014 purchases...

Whistleblower at Hanford Nuclear Site Settles for $4.1M

August 13, 2015 A nuclear engineer who was fired by his contractor employer in 2013 after he warned of waste disposal safety risks at the Hanford, Wash., nuclear site agreed to accept a $4.1 million settlement. Walter Tamosaitis, according to an Associated Press report on Wednesday, settled with his former employer, San Francisco-based...

White House Focus, SES Visibility Help Agencies Meet Small Business Goals

August 11, 2015 The government’s success in meeting mandatory small business contracting goals two years running is due largely to White House focus and new requirements that program managers in the Senior Executive Service pay greater attention to the acquisition process, the Obama administration’s small-business development chief said on Tuesday. Many call set-asides...

Defense Contractors to Obama: Enough With the Executive Orders

August 11, 2015 On the heels of a news leak about a pending presidential directive requiring federal contractors to offer paid sick leave, four major contractor groups on Tuesday wrote to top White House officials asking them to ease up on executive orders “for the foreseeable future.” With the White House issuing more...

Contractors to Obama: Enough With the Executive Orders

August 11, 2015 On the heels of a news leak about a pending presidential directive requiring federal contractors to offer paid sick leave, four major contractor groups on Tuesday wrote to top White House officials asking them to ease up on executive orders “for the foreseeable future.” With the White House issuing more...

Senate Republicans Propose Making IRS Independent, Non-Unionized

August 10, 2015 Last week’s four-part, 5,400-page Senate Finance Committee report blasting mismanagement and politicization at the Internal Revenue Service included several fresh accusations and a proposal for reform. Its contributions to the ongoing debate range from overlooked congressional testimony from former IRS executive Lois Lerner, to critiques of the National Treasury Employees...

Senate Panel Blasts IRS More for Mismanagement Than Political Bias

August 6, 2015 In the first bipartisan congressional report on the two-year-old controversy over politicization of the Internal Revenue Service, a Senate panel found IRS management “delinquent in its responsibility to provide effective control, guidance and direction over the processing of applications for tax-exempt status filed by Tea Party and other political advocacy...

GSA Teams Up with State and SSA to Boost Customer Service

August 5, 2015 To further the Obama administration’s 2014 priority goal of improving customer service, the General Services Administration on Tuesday launched a cross-agency program called “Feedback USA.” Citing the State Department and the Social Security Administration as agencies “where citizens use government services most,” GSA said, “Citizens applying at Department of State...

Flaws Uncovered in Vaunted Marine Corps Audit

August 5, 2015 In another blow to the Defense Department’s quest for a clean financial statement, a congressional watchdog has uncovered flaws in a Marine Corps audit once considered a model for military services, casting blame on methods the Pentagon’s inspector general used. A group of senators immediately pounced on the IG, whose...