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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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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 ...

Obama Signs Modernized Federal Records Act

December 1, 2014 President Obama the day before Thanksgiving signed a set of amendments to the 1950 Federal Records Act that modernize the definition of a federal record to include electronic documents. H.R. 1233 complements ongoing efforts by the National Archives and Records Administration and the Office of Management and Budget to implement ...

IRS Faulted for Efforts to Curb Phony Tax Refunds to Prisoners

November 26, 2014 After six years of congressionally mandated effort, the Internal Revenue Service still lacks solid procedures for identifying tax refund fraud committed using prisoner Social Security numbers, a watchdog found. The number of such fraudulent returns flagged by the agency rose from 37,000 valued at $166 million in calendar year 2007 ...