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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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Issa Attacks Labor Department's Elevator Posters, PR Contests

August 26, 2014 The top House Republican oversight chief has blasted the Labor Department for “frivolously” spending tax dollars on public relations contests, inspirational elevator posters and a trip to a New York awards ceremony. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, charged in an Aug. 25...

Ex-Pentagon Management Chief Isn't Worried By Spate of Staff Departures

August 26, 2014 After eight months serving private-sector clients, Beth McGrath, the Defense Department’s former deputy chief management officer, expressed confidence in the ability of her successors to handle the many challenges in front of them. In an interview with Government Executive discussing budget cuts, auditing and acquisition reform, McGrath, now a director...

Homeland Security Science Chief Wants to Know What You Think His Goals Should Be

August 25, 2014 Four months into his tenure as the Homeland Security Department’s science and technology chief, Reginald Brothers on Monday opened an online outreach tool to gather input from stakeholders to create a “north star” set of visionary goals to guide DHS’ future. In what is called a Collaboration Community, ideas for...

Is Pentagon’s ‘Security Cooperation’ Office Too Cooperative With Israel?

August 22, 2014 A recent Wall Street Journal front-pager with a provocative headline “Israel Outflanks White House” threw limelight on a little known office within the Pentagon. With combat raging in Gaza between Hamas and Israeli troops, the newspaper reported complaints from the State Department and the White House that the Pentagon was...

It's Still Not That Hard to Defraud the Food Stamp Program

August 22, 2014 Detection of improper receipt or trafficking of federal food subsidies being performed by state governments has been hindered by inconsistent data and staff cuts, an audit found. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, run by the states under guidance from the Agriculture Department’s Food and Nutrition Service, has long been at...

Case of IG Who Sat Idle for 2 Years Continues to Trouble Grassley

August 21, 2014 The saga of the inspector general who stayed home for two years continues. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, long critical of the how the government handled a lengthy ethics probe of recently retired National Archives and Records Administration watchdog Paul Brachfeld, is calling in the FBI. In an Aug. 21 letter...

Nuclear Site Whistleblower Ordered Back on the Job

August 21, 2014 An environmental safety specialist who had been fired in 2011 by an Energy Department contractor was ordered reinistated on Tuesday after the Labor Department determined that the employer retaliated against her for raising concerns about atomic waste disposal procedures at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state. The Occupational Safety...

Here's How the Pentagon's Bean Counters Are Managing on a Tight Budget

August 20, 2014 Rising responsibilities and declining budgets are forcing Defense Department financial managers to better incorporate the tools of data analytics in the proverbial quest to do more with less, a survey released on Wednesday showed. Nearly 67 percent of all leaders interviewed in person for the survey said reliance on analytics...

Pentagon Financial Managers Embrace Data Tools Amid Austerity

August 20, 2014 Rising responsibilities and declining budgets are forcing Defense Department financial managers to better incorporate the tools of data analytics in the proverbial quest to do more with less, a survey released on Wednesday showed. Nearly 67 percent of all leaders interviewed in person for the survey said reliance on analytics...

Transparency Group Accuses a Dozen Agencies of 'Stonewalling' FOIA Requests

August 19, 2014 The legal advocacy group Cause of Action has filed suit against a dozen agencies that have resisted its document requests under the Freedom of Information Act, accusing the White House of politicizing the records requests. The suit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia names...

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