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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Panetta Wishes Lawmakers Could Summon Courage from World War I Memorial

May 20, 2016 Former Pentagon and CIA chief Leon Panetta recently lent his good offices in retirement to raising money to build the planned World War I Memorial in Washington’s Pershing Park. His motive in part, he made clear in remarks Wednesday at the National Press Club, is that “our elected leaders can...

Pentagon Clerks Entered Wrong Data for Post-Contract Audits Much of the Time

May 19, 2016 The Defense Department’s contract audit follow-up records contained inaccurate data in as many as 100 of 1,000 data fields sampled, the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General found in a new report. In 50 of the Defense Contract Audit Agency’s contract follow-up records tested by the watchdog, 41 (82 percent) had...

The Military Isn't Fully Tracking Sexual Assault Reports

May 19, 2016 More than two-thirds of military service members who reported sexual assaults and were later discharged were let go without proper documentation of alleged non-disability mental conditions, the Pentagon watchdog found in a new report. More than one-fifth of the dismissals were done with incomplete documentation, which impedes the Defense Department’s...

House Chairman Threatens Censure of IRS Chief

May 18, 2016 In preparation for a House hearing next week, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel on Wednesday introduced a formal resolution to censure Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen for “misconduct.” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, added to his earlier articles of impeachment against the commissioner a resolution that,...

House Panel Clears Bill to Revamp Program Management

May 18, 2016 A Senate-passed bill to bring private-sector performance standards to federal program management cleared the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday by voice vote. The bipartisan Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (S. 1550), introduced by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., passed by voice vote, with...

The Military Isn't Fully Documenting Dismissals of Troops Who Claim Sexual Assault

May 18, 2016 More than two-thirds of military service members who reported sexual assaults and were later discharged were let go without proper documentation of alleged non-disability mental conditions, the Pentagon watchdog found in a new report. More than one-fifth of the dismissals were done with incomplete documentation, which impedes the Defense Department’s...

Senators to OMB: Get Cracking on Effort to Standardize Spending Data

May 17, 2016 The White House is behind on doing its part in the governmentwide effort to standardize spending data to improve transparency, a bipartisan group of senators said Tuesday in an aggressive, detailed letter to Budget Director Shaun Donovan. A pilot project the Office of Management and Budget set up to ease...

GSA and OPM Sign With 109 Vendors for Human Capital Training

May 17, 2016 As part of the Obama administration’s “buy as one” push for purchasing under category management, the General Services Administration on Monday unveiled a major multi-vendor human capital and training contract in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management. The Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS) contracts signed with 109 vendors...

Pentagon Told to Centralize Command of Recruitment Ads

May 16, 2016 The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines presumably each know best how to push out their distinctive brands in advertisements that result in sign-ups. But the absence of a central coordinating authority in the Defense secretary’s office hampers the Defense Department’s ability to avoid inappropriate tactics in the interservice competition...

CIA Watchdog Accidentally Deleted Lengthy Torture Report

May 16, 2016 The controversial 6,700-page CIA “torture report” prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2014 remains a political football with the revelation Monday that the CIA inspector general inadvertently destroyed his office’s only copy. That story broken by Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News followed a disputed decision last month by the...

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