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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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Federal Contract Spending Fell 3.1 Percent in 2014, Study Finds

June 5, 2015 Despite an overall hike in government spending in 2014, federal contract spending last year fell by $14.5 billion or 3.1 percent, according to the latest annual federal industry leaders study from Bloomberg Government, released on Friday. But the good news for industry is that last year “may have represented the...

Director of Pentagon's Far-Flung School System Counts His Blessings

June 4, 2015 The website of the Pentagon’s school system displays a world map with pins indicating “the director’s travels.” Posted alongside is a repeating pattern of photos with headlines reading “DoDEA Director Visits Fort Stewart, Ga.,” and “DoDEA Director Visits Europe Schools.” Thomas Brady, a veteran public school leader now in his...

Embattled Commerce Inspector General Abruptly Retires

June 4, 2015 Todd Zinser, the controversial inspector general at the Commerce Department who made headlines after uncovering telecommuting abuses at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, retired suddenly on Wednesday, his staff said. “After more than 31 years of public service, Inspector General Todd J. Zinser announced his retirement yesterday stating his...

What the White House Hates About the Senate Defense Policy Bill

June 3, 2015 In a Tuesday statement threatening a veto of the Senate Defense authorization bill, the White House objected chiefly to off-budget war funding and the continuing of sequestration. But it also took aim at lawmakers’ plans to empower the military service chiefs in weapons acquisition and at smaller provisions affecting the...

Senators to Obama: Fill the Inspector General Vacancies

June 3, 2015 Nearly every recent scandal and lapse involving inspectors general was mentioned at a Wednesday Senate panel hearing as senators from both parties teamed with transparency advocates to push the White House to accelerate nominations to empty watchdog slots. The White House, however, sent no one to punch back, despite efforts...

White House Objects to Defense Bill Contracting Provision Empowering Service Chiefs

June 3, 2015 In a Tuesday statement threatening a veto of the Senate Defense authorization bill, the White House objected chiefly to off-budget war funding and the continuing of sequestration. But it also took aim at lawmakers’ plans to empower the military service chiefs in weapons acquisition and at smaller provisions affecting the...

Former Pentagon IG Official Probed for Destroying Documents

June 3, 2015 A current and former top official at the Defense Department’s inspector general office are the subjects of a court investigation of alleged destruction of key documents during the watchdog’s own probe of the whistleblower case of former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake. The IG officials are former acting inspector...

IRS Chief Says He Won’t Blame Data Breach on Budget Crunch

June 2, 2015 In the hot seat before a Senate panel probing the recent data breach of the Internal Revenue Service, Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday said the recent theft of personal identifying information of more than 100,000 taxpayers was not related to his agency’s budget crunch. “I don’t want everyone to think...

Acting TSA Chief Reassigned After IG Demonstrates Ease of Getting Weapons Past Screeners

June 2, 2015 Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the acting head of the Transportation Security Administration following a disturbing critique showing vulnerabilities in airport passenger screening. “Effective immediately, Melvin Carraway, the acting administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, will be reassigned to serve in the Office of State and Local...

Proposed ‘Fair Pay’ Rule Riles Federal Contractors

June 1, 2015 Nearly a year after President Obama signed an executive order requiring contractors to disclose labor law violations when they submit bids for federal work, a proposed rule and guidance on how companies should comply are drawing a thumbs-down from many in industry. Last week’s proposed rule from the Federal Acquisition...