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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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Join a Gym or Get Your Hair Done, Sometimes on Uncle Sam’s Plastic

October 14, 2014 Given the thousands of agency employees who carry purchasing or travel cards, some misuse would seem inevitable. The most egregious case cited by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., at a Tuesday hearing involved some $31,000 spent by Coast Guard employees in fiscal 2013 at a Starbucks in Alameda, Calif. That was ...

Competitor to Troubled Background Check Contractor Retains Hope on Bid Protest

October 14, 2014 More troubles could be looming for the Falls Church, Va.-based contractor USIS, one of its competitors noted Monday. The Government Accountability Office must decide by Oct. 20 whether to accept the bid protest filed by FCi Federal and cancel the $190 million Homeland Security Department contract awarded to USIS in ...

A Double Dose of Luck for the Park Service

October 14, 2014 National Park Service staff at Arlington House in Virginia are celebrating their good fortune of late, having received not one but two significant gifts from private donors. On Oct. 9, park rangers at the onetime home of the Custis and Lee families overlooking Arlington Cemetery unveiled for reporters a striking ...

Could Obama's Push for Evidence-Based Program Evaluations Cross Party Lines?

October 8, 2014 The Obama administration is reporting progress on its ongoing effort to prod agencies to increase their use of data analytics in making “evidence-based” evaluations of programs—even to the point of attracting interest from Republicans in the highly polarized Congress. Kathy Stack, adviser for evidence-based innovation at the Office of Management ...

Broadcasting Board Outsources Controversial Newsroom Contracting

October 8, 2014 On the final day of fiscal 2014, the Broadcasting Board of Governors struck a blow for easing long-simmering tensions over its administration of contracts; it farmed the process out. In a staffwide memo from the agency’s International Broadcasting Bureau, executives stressed a need to “change our business culture to better ...

VA Starts to Make Good on Its Promise to Fire More Execs

October 7, 2014 Plans for more heads to roll at the Veterans Affairs Department proceeded apace on Monday night as news broke that top officials under new Secretary Robert McDonald had proposed removal of three more health system executives on top of an earlier announcement about controversial Veterans Health Administration procurement chief Susan ...

VA One Step Closer to Removing Controversial Procurement Chief

October 6, 2014 Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson, in a move presaged by a damning inspector general report last week, on Monday announced that he is recommending removal of Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration’s deputy chief procurement officer. Taylor was found to have committed multiple ethics violations related to her work ...

How to Stump the Smartest Man in Obama’s Cabinet

October 6, 2014 Billed as “the smartest man in President Obama’s Cabinet,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was a good sport during a Saturday appearance on the National Public Radio quiz show “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” Moniz, who has chaired the Physics Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, calmly took ...

Border Agency Improves Handling of Unaccompanied Minors

October 6, 2014 Customs and Border Protection has improved its handling of the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the Southwest U.S. border, a watchdog said in a memo released Monday after several unannounced visits to makeshift detention facilities. Updating an assessment of a situation that had drawn complaints from civil liberties advocates over ...

Did Budget Cuts Cause the Secret Service Failures?

October 3, 2014 On Friday, at the end of a tumultuous week for the Secret Service, two key House lawmakers wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson seeking to steer his coming independent review of recent lapses in protecting the president. During an angry oversight hearing Sept. 30 that prompted the resignation of ...