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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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CIA Chief Says Overhaul Puts Spies and Analysts ‘Cheek by Jowl'

April 29, 2015 The announced reorganization of the CIA, which launches on April 30, will embrace digital communications while placing spies and analysts “cheek by jowl,” CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday. In the workforce initially there was “anxiety that some of the analysis might be corrupted,” he told a mostly contractor audience...

All-Stars of Government Whistleblowing Blast Obama Prosecutions

April 27, 2015 The landscape for whistleblowing “changed drastically” on April 23 when Gen. David Patraeus received two years’ probation and a $100,000 fine for divulging classified information, according to a panel of some of government’s most famous disclosers of secrets. “We all owe one debt of gratitude to [former CIA Director] Petraeus...

$1.5 Billion for Rebuilding Afghanistan Remains Unspent, Watchdog Says

April 27, 2015 After 14 years in Afghanistan, the Defense Department has successfully transferred 813 U.S. bases to the Afghan National Security Forces but has yet to spend roughly $1.4 billion intended for local transportation, power and education projects, a watchdog found. Of the $2.3 billion spent under the Commander's Emergency Response Program...

Voters Want Aggressive Government Reform, Not Tinkering Around the Edges

April 24, 2015 Eroding confidence in government has shrunk the ranks of reinventing government “tinkerers,” providing an opening for a more-aggressive reform platform for the 2016 election, says a new polling analysis released Friday in a Brookings Institution paper. Government reform themes likely to emerge during the election boil down to whether the...

White House Procurement Chief Wants Acquisition SWAT Team

April 24, 2015 Citing as a model the U.S. Digital Service information technology fix-it team, the White House procurement chief said she hopes to create and train an elite acquisition group to help the Obama administration implement its category management efficiency reforms. Anne Rung, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, told...

Watchdog Sounds Alarm on Dead Alarm in Ex-President's Home

April 23, 2015 In another in a series of reported performance lapses by the Secret Service, the Homeland Security Department’s watchdog on Thursday revealed that security alarms at the Houston home of former President George H.W. Bush were broken and left inoperable for 13 months. “During this 13 month period, the Secret Service...

Commerce's Innovation Exec Seeks to Hire Entrepreneurs

April 23, 2015 The chief of innovation in the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration wants to bring more entrepreneurs into government, perhaps as two-year fellows, she said on Wednesday. “There is lots of entrepreneurial thinking in government—it’s surprising,” Julie Lenzer Kirk, director of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, told small business owners...

Republicans: IRS Chose to Pay Bonuses Rather than Improve Customer Service

April 22, 2015 Notwithstanding recent complaints from the Internal Revenue Service about budget cuts, the “poor customer service” on phone lines at taxpayer assistance centers during the tax filing season is the agency’s own fault, House Republicans said Wednesday in a new report. The Ways and Means Committee said it has “found extensive...

Evidence Grows that Marshals Service Bypassed Hiring Rules

April 21, 2015 A whistleblower’s allegation of a quid pro quo hire at the U.S. Marshals Service gained credibility on Monday when Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, released internal agency emails and a corrected letter from the Justice Department confirming that the allegations remain under investigation. The new emails suggest that Director Stacia Hylton...

Defense Contractors Unsatisfied with Thornberry's Acquisition Bill

April 21, 2015 The largest contractors trade organization has asked the House Armed Services Committee to rethink several components of its bill to reform the Pentagon’s acquisition process, opposing in particular a plan to centralize decision-making on whether to buy products on the existing commercial market. The 400-company Professional Services Council on April...

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