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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Lawmaker Wants to Force Testimony From Security Clearance Firm CEO

June 30, 2014 In the latest twist in the revelations of flawed employee background checks by contractors, a key Democrat on the House Oversight panel is demanding help from his chairman in coercing testimony on bonuses from the CEO of the government’s largest security clearance service provider. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking...

Homeland Security Advised to Put Agency Border Assignments in Writing

June 30, 2014 The Homeland Security Department’s efforts to effectively deploy resources to enforce the permeable Southwestern border have suffered from the lack of written agreements with a dozen partner agencies, the Government Accountability Office determined. The report dated June 27 comes in the midst of a crisis where thousands of unaccompanied children...

Bipartisan Bill Would Make it Harder for Agencies to Claim FOIA Exemptions

June 27, 2014 Agency officials processing Freedom of Information Act requests would shift to a “presumption of openness” under a bipartisan bill introduced June 24 by Sens. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Texas. The FOIA Improvement Act would curb agency “overuse of exemptions to withhold information from the public,” the senators...

Expanded Intel Whistleblower Bill Headed to the President

June 27, 2014 President Obama on Thursday received the fiscal 2014 Intelligence Authorization bill, which contains expanded protections for intelligence community whistleblowers. The House, as expected, approved the bill Tuesday by voice vote. Senators had approved it on June 12 and Obama is considered likely to sign it. The measure would expand and...

OMB Shares How Agencies Will Actually Reach Goals in Areas Like Climate Change

June 27, 2014 The 15 cross-agency priority goals the White House laid out in its March budget submission are now enhanced with action plans, set jointly by the Office of Management and Budget and designated agency heads. In a Thursday blog post, deputy budget director for management Beth Cobert announced the posting of...

IRS Pays Pro-Marriage Group $50,000 for Disclosing Donors

June 26, 2014 Resolving a mystery made public a year ago when Congress began hearings on alleged political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service, the tax agency this week agreed to pay $50,000 to the nonprofit National Organization for Marriage for having illegally released the group’s list of donors from the 2008 election...

Why Issa Says He Stage-Directed the IRS Chief's Oath

June 26, 2014 In Monday’s rare evening hearing on lost emails at the Internal Revenue Service, House Oversight panel Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., startled many in the tension-filled room and around the country with his critique of Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen’s posture in holding up his hand to be sworn in....

State Department Not Consistent in Bolstering Embassy Security

June 26, 2014 The State Department’s post-Benghazi efforts to reinforce physical security at overseas facilities suffer from inconsistent tracking of data and inadequate risk management, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday. In refurbishing embassies, consulates and warehouses in dangerous regions, the department is failing to document instances in which it grants waivers or...

OMB Identifies More Reports No One Reads

June 26, 2014 Dust-gathering, duplicative or outdated agency reports “needlessly divert time and resources away from critical agency mission activities,” the White House deputy budget director wrote on Wednesday in announcing a new list of 74 reports being recommended for cancellation or consolidation. Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of...

Pentagon Financing Body Neglecting Key Improvements, Watchdog Finds

June 24, 2014 As it races an internal September deadline for achieving a clean budget statement, the Defense Department’s Finance and Accounting Service is being criticized by congressional auditors for failing to implement formal guidance designed to help the entire department achieve audit readiness. In disbursing $200 billion in annual contract payments, the...

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