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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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Treasury Watchdog Asserts Authority Over FOIA’d Tax Documents

December 5, 2014 The inspector general handling the targeting controversy at the Internal Revenue Service is resisting demands by a conservative legal group that it release documents the group believes show that White House employees violated privacy laws by reviewing confidential tax documents. The dispute—the latest twist in the 18-month-old investigation of IRS ...

Telework Isn’t the Only Thing PTO Needs to Do a Better Job of Monitoring

December 5, 2014 The Patent and Trademark Office, recently under fire for weak supervision of telecommuting examiners, has insufficiently monitored its time-and-materials contracts to information technology service providers, a watchdog found. Contracts that present a higher risk of cost overruns were managed by employees “who did not follow best practices” and failed to ...

White House Procurement Chief Issues Steps to Simplify Acquisition

December 4, 2014 The administrator of federal procurement policy on Thursday delivered on a promise to help agencies cut complexity and avoid duplicative efforts in the governmentwide acquisition process. The memo and a blog post from Anne Rung sought to encourage shared purchasing by category, cross-fertilization of talent and stronger relationships with industry. ...

Federal Hourly-Rate Contract Workers Ask Obama for a Bigger Pay Raise

December 4, 2014 President Obama acted “boldly” earlier this year when he signed two executive orders boosting contract workers’ wages, but “$10.10 is not enough!” according to chants from some 200 protesters who blocked traffic in front of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington on Thursday morning. Organized by the advocacy ...

A Beatle’s Role in Obama’s Immigration Order

December 3, 2014 While conservatives continue to attack the constitutionality of President Obama’s recent immigration executive order, a voice from the past has emerged to take credit for some of its legal underpinnings. Michael Wildes, a New York City attorney whose father represented the late ex-Beatle John Lennon in his famous early 1970s ...

Pistole Offers Valedictory on Once-'Beleaguered' TSA

December 3, 2014 John Pistole, set to leave government this month after four-and-a-half-years as the longest-serving administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, on Wednesday summed up his agency’s accomplishments in balancing the twin missions of maximizing security while retaining goodwill from the traveling public. “In moving from a one-size-fits-all approach to a risk-based ...

Is the Pentagon Wasting Billions on a Tracking System for Its Contractors?

December 2, 2014 As the Defense Department scurries to keep up with ISIS and other changing threats from overseas, its systems for tracking spending on a variety of contractor services has drawn criticism from independent auditors and accusations of illegality from a good-government advocacy nonprofit. The Project on Government Oversight on Nov. 25 ...

Defense Acquisition Reformers Propose Streamlining Authority, Empowering the Workforce

December 2, 2014 With new chairmen on deck at both the House and Senate Armed Services panels, the National Defense Industrial Association on Tuesday released detailed recommendations for streamlining the Pentagon’s weapons buying process to curb waste, upgrade the acquisition workforce and take better advantage of industry innovation. The report, titled “Pathway to ...

Pentagon Blasted for Stalled Tracking of Services Contractors

December 1, 2014 As the Defense Department scurries to keep up with ISIS and other changing threats from overseas, its systems for tracking spending on a variety of contractor services has drawn criticism from independent auditors and accusations of illegality from a good-government advocacy nonprofit. The Project on Government Oversight on Nov. 25 ...

Pentagon May Be Forced to Release Aircraft Manufacturer's Contract Data

December 1, 2014 A little-known unit at the Defense Department may have to release data considered proprietary by a major contractor under a Nov. 23 district court ruling favoring a small business advocacy group. The Petaluma, Calif.-based American Small Business League on Wednesday announced its legal victory. A northern California district judge agreed ...