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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Another Guilty Plea in Navy’s 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Case

October 14, 2016 A lieutenant commander in the Navy’s Western Pacific supply chain pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges on Thursday, the latest in a string of prosecutions in the so-called ‘Fat Leonard’ corruption scandal out of Singapore. Gentry Debord, 41, made the plea to a Southern California district judge acknowledging that...

It's Time to Reform OMB, Experts Say

October 14, 2016 The advent of a new administration represents an “historic” opportunity to elevate the “M” side of the Office of Management and Budget. That’s according to a new report from the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, based on interviews with some 70 OMB alumni and outside stakeholders. The report found that...

White House Accused of Bypassing Rules on Access to Taxpayer Information

October 13, 2016 In the latest in a long effort to prove White House interference with the Internal Revenue Service, the right-leaning legal group Cause of Action Institute released a 67-page investigative report saying President Obama has “circumvented the congressionally created and authorized procedures for accessing confidential taxpayer information.” Writing in the context...

Next Defense Chief Should Make Deputy a Real Manager, Says Business Board

October 13, 2016 Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming presidential election, the Defense secretary sworn in after Jan. 20 should curb overhead, elevate the department’s comptroller and make his or her deputy a true manager, according to presidential transition recommendations released Tuesday by the Defense Industry Board. The body of 26 industry...

State Department Has a Ways to Go to Achieve Proper Classification of Documents

October 12, 2016 One of the many issues raised by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email controversy is who within the State Department determines the classification level of key and routine documents. According to an inspector general’s report issued late last month, the department has fallen short in updating its list of...

Consumer Bureau Declared Unconstitutional by Appeals Court

October 11, 2016 This story has been updated. The controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—set up by the 2010 financial reform law with funding independent of Congress—was declared unconstitutional on Tuesday by the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In a case involving a New Jersey mortgage lender challenging a $109...

Contractors Group Files Suit Against 'Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces'

October 11, 2016 President Obama’s long-controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule—set to take effect Oct. 25—is being challenged in district court by the Associated Builders and Contractors, one of several contractors associations that oppose the rule as costly and burdensome. In a suit filed Oct. 7 in the U.S. District Court for...

GSA's New Contract With Dun & Bradstreet Draws Mixed Reaction

October 7, 2016 Last week’s announcement that the General Services Administration had updated its Dun & Bradstreet contract will allow agency acquisition personnel and contractors wider latitude to use the standardized company information for purposes beyond mere identification. But some transparency advocates consider the step insufficient. In a Sept. 29 blog post, Kevin...

Ex-NASA Official Pleads Guilty to Lying About Contractor Moonlighting

October 7, 2016 A former contract supervisor at NASA pleaded guilty to making false statements about his self-interested interactions with contractors, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. Nathaniel Wright, 55, who worked full-time in the space agency’s software engineering division at the Goddard Space Flight Center, acknowledged to a Maryland district judge that...

Both Clinton and Trump Said to Be Taking the Presidential Transition Seriously

October 7, 2016 The 2016 edition of the presidential transition is unfolding earlier, and with more seriousness and less frenzy than past changeovers, in part because the law President Obama signed in March “set up a new infrastructure and creates a formality that gives agencies a chance to have early conversations on how...

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