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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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Indefinite Delivery Contracts Make Up a Third of Agency Awards

April 17, 2017 The sometimes-controversial contract type known as indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity accounted for an annual $130 billion of agency awards from 2011-2015, or about one third of all federal contract spending, the Government Accountability Office found. An April 13 report reviewing contracts from January 2016 to the present found that about two...

Export-Import Bank 'Heartened' By Trump's New-Found Backing

April 17, 2017 Two days after announcing a controversial new position toward the embattled Export-Import Bank, President Trump last week nominated two officials to the agency’s five-member board. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Wednesday, Trump—who had remained cagey in recent months on whether he would continue backing conservatives who...

Trump Seems Keen on Revamping State Department Management

April 14, 2017 The White House announcement on April 11 that President Trump is nominating attorney and multi-agency veteran John J. Sullivan as deputy secretary of State contained an unusual twist. Not only would Sullivan, who has held senior legal positions at the Defense, Justice and Commerce departments, be No. 2 at State...

Small Business Advocate Hauls Pentagon Into Court

April 13, 2017 A small-business advocate has won a day in court with Pentagon attorneys to argue whether the Defense Department should release shielded internal documents that the plaintiff argues will reveal a government bias against small defense contractors. Lloyd Chapman, founder of the Petaluma, Calif.-based American Small Business League, for years has...

Pentagon Headed to Court Against Small Business Advocate

April 13, 2017 A small-business advocate has won a day in court with Pentagon attorneys to argue whether the Defense Department should release shielded internal documents that the plaintiff argues will reveal a government bias against small defense contractors. Lloyd Chapman, founder of the Petaluma, Calif.-based American Small Business League, for years has...

State Department Teams With Smithsonian to Rescue ISIS-Harmed Antiquities

April 12, 2017 The progress Iraqi and U.S. forces have made in combating ISIS is uneven but tangible. And one of the benefits to newly liberated territory in the Near East is renewed access to the antiquities sites the Islamic extremists had pillaged. On March 31, the State Department announced a new $400,000...

Trump Team Plans to Rebuild Government ‘Starting from Scratch’

April 11, 2017 Where the Clinton administration tried to “reinvent government,” the Trump administration plans to rebuild government “starting from scratch.” In a memo to all department and agency heads to be issued Wednesday morning, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney officially ended the hiring freeze President Trump declared on Jan. 23 and ordered agencies...

Trump’s Pace at Filling Positions Called the Worst in Decades

April 11, 2017 Eighty days into his presidency, Donald Trump’s pace at naming key officials lags that of previous administration’s by a month and is “on track for the worse performance in three decades,” according to a count by academics at the White House Transition Project. “At this point since the inauguration, the...

Counterintelligence Chief: Contractors 'Kicking Butt' in Combating Insider Threats

April 10, 2017 Though some of the most damaging exposures of classified material have come from companies working for the federal government in recent years, the intelligence community’s 100,000 contractors overall “are kicking butt” in helping agencies head off insider threats, the nation’s top counterintelligence chief said on Monday. Anticipating threats “is a...

OMB Staffs Up as Trump Team Preps Agencies for Budget Cuts

April 10, 2017 As the White House prepares agencies for absorbing large-scale spending cuts, President Trump on Friday fleshed out his budget team, naming a deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and a regulatory administrator. Trump tapped the vice president for the conservative advocacy group Heritage Action for America, Russell...

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