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 Warns of Losing Its Tech Edge

September 22, 2014 The Defense Department’s top acquisition officer on Friday unveiled a preview of the coming third iteration of its Better Buying Power initiative, stressing a new focus on technical excellence that one contractor group criticized as too internally oriented. “Underpinning BBP 3.0 is the growing concern that the United States’ technological...

Ex-IRS Executive Lerner Breaks 15 Months of Silence

September 22, 2014 After 15 months of silence since invoking her Fifth Amendment rights before Congress, Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service executive whom Republicans place at the center of the targeting controversy, has weighed in. In an exclusive two-hour interview with Politico, the former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division...

Will Congress Pull the Plug on Homeland Security’s Move to St. Elizabeths?

September 19, 2014 Congress should consider making future funding for the Homeland Security Department’s consolidation at St. Elizabeths hospital contingent on two agencies developing a more precise tenant plan that “conforms with leading practices” and recognizes how the workplace has changed in recent years, auditors said on Friday. A Government Accountability Office report...

Obama's ISIL Strategy Includes Reaching Out to Muslims in the US

September 19, 2014 With the primary focus on air strikes and the potential for ground troops to fight Syria-based ISIS, the Obama administration more quietly is tapping new domestic resources to identify and head off any Americans considering joining the terror group. Attorney General Eric Holder in his Sept. 15 weekly video message...

Obama's ISIS Strategy Includes Outreach to U.S. Muslims

September 19, 2014 With the primary focus on air strikes and the potential for ground troops to fight Syria-based ISIS, the Obama administration more quietly is tapping new domestic resources to identify and head off any Americans considering joining the terror group. Attorney General Eric Holder in his Sept. 15 weekly video message...

Ellsberg: Whistleblowers Needed to Expose 'Cost and Consequences' of Obama's ISIS Plan

September 18, 2014 Among the many critics of President Obama’s evolving strategy for confronting the terror group ISIS is one of history’s most famous whistleblowers, Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame. “Whistleblower was not a common term” in the early 1970s at the height of national tensions over the Vietnam war, Ellsberg told...

IRS Chief Rebuts Claim of Governmentwide Email Backup

September 18, 2014 Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday responded for the first time to assertions by a legal nonprofit that missing emails relating to the political targeting controversy at the tax agency exist on a governmentwide backup system. His conclusion: There is no such governmentwide email trove, and confusing media...

Watchdogs Would Gain Subpoena Power Under House Bill

September 18, 2014 This story has been updated to include comment from Sen. Tom Carper. Following a series of hearings on alleged agency stonewalling of inspectors general, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday approved a bipartisan bill to expand watchdogs’ subpoena power and streamline ethics probes by the IG council. The...

Republican House Keeps IRS in its Crosshairs

September 17, 2014 Racing through the final days in an election-year session, House Republicans on Tuesday night used a voice vote to approve a spate of bills related to the ongoing controversy over alleged political bias at the Internal Revenue Service. “The American people demand a higher ethical standard from public servants in...

OMB Points to Progress on Security Clearance Reform

September 17, 2014 The first anniversary of the 12 murders at the Washington Navy Yard prompted President Obama’s management specialist to highlight multi-agency progress in tightening the security clearance process. Beth Cobert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a Tuesday blog that “over the past...

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