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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Should Congressional Research Service Reports Be Kept Secret?

June 20, 2016 Transparency boosters have long pined for public release of the hundreds of informative Congressional Research Service reports prepared—often on a confidential basis—for members of Congress. The reports, after all, are no longer confined to expensive paper products but now emerge as instantly accessed free digital links. So why not take...

Nonprofit Wants Back-Up to IRS Handling of Campaign Finance Abuses

June 17, 2016 A Washington ethics advocacy group has filed a complaint alleging campaign finance abuses by 10 organizations it calls “dark money groups,” taking the unusual step of filing with both the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department, including the FBI. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the 10...

How Some Agencies Are Escaping GAO's High-Risk List

June 17, 2016 Countering what he sees as news media preoccupation with government screw-ups, a Senate Democrat on Thursday convened an unofficial “roundtable” to showcase four agencies that have made progress toward moving off the Government Accountability Office’s “high-risk” list. Several agencies have made strides toward "tackling their challenges and meeting some of...

House Oversight Republicans Vote to Censure IRS Chief

June 15, 2016 In the latest in their bid to impeach the Internal Revenue Commissioner, Republicans on the House Oversight panel on Wednesday used a business meeting to approve a resolution 23-15 “condemning and censuring” John Koskinen, over the objections of committee Democrats. The resolution expresses the sense of the House that Koskinen...

Lawmakers Blast Pentagon Watchdog, Following Complaints from Frustrated Whistleblowers

June 14, 2016 The Defense Department inspector general’s office, currently led on an acting basis by veteran watchdog Glenn Fine, has mishandled many would-be whistleblowers and needs new management tools, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said in a letter to the office released on Tuesday. Despite some recent improvements, the watchdog continues to...

Bill to Prevent 'Power-Hungry' Feds from Hiding Information Heads to Obama

June 14, 2016 The House on Monday passed Freedom of Information Act reforms long sought by a bipartisan alliance of lawmakers and transparency nonprofits. The bill writes into law the Obama administration’s commitment to a “presumption of openness.” S. 337, passed during FOIA’s 50th anniversary year, would curb “overuse of exemptions to withhold...

Groups For and Against Gun Control Praise ATF, FBI Handling of Orlando Shooting

June 13, 2016 For their rapid and measured responses to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the federal agencies operating at the scene in Orlando, Fla., this weekend have impressed observers on both sides of the national debate over gun control. Led by the FBI, the federal presence alongside state and local...

In a First, Intel Community Publishes Its Diversity Numbers

June 13, 2016 The 17 agencies that form the Intelligence Community are under orders to improve hiring and promotion of women and minorities, an effort that is showing noteworthy but insufficient progress, according to the first publicly released report on intelligence workforce demographics. “It is through leveraging diverse perspectives that we draw strength,...

Consumer Protection Bureau Spends More on Ads Than Most Other Agencies

June 13, 2016 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is spending more than nearly all other agencies on advertising to boost its mission, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The paper’s review of contract awards found that the agency -- which remains in the crosshairs of Republican lawmakers who see its rulemaking as...

Contractors Attempt to Get on the Presidential Candidates' Radar

June 10, 2016 More than in past election years, a top contractors group has been diving in to prepare for the coming presidential transition, in part with the release on Thursday of a new survey highlighting concerns over capabilities of the government’s acquisition workforce. “We are working with the Partnership for Public Service...

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