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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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Chemical Safety Board Now Functioning with Four Members

August 24, 2015 After two months of operating with only two of its five-member complement, the disputatious Chemical Safety Board on Monday welcomed a new leader and a new board member. Chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland, whose nomination by President Obama the Senate confirmed on Aug. 6, said in a statement Monday, “I look forward...

Agencies Rely on Contractor Tool to Spot Procurement Errors

August 24, 2015 Does federal contract award data need a few good proofreaders? According to Jeff Sopko, executive vice president of the Alexandria, Va.-based PotomacWave consulting firm, about 20 percent to 30 percent of records in the government’s procurement database contain errors. “They stem from frequent changes in policy and procedures that take...

USAID and Watchdog Continue Sparring Over Afghan Health Clinics

August 24, 2015 In another volley over measuring results of a $210 million U.S.-funded health care program run by the Afghan government, an inspector general has again challenged the mapping methodology used by the U.S. Agency for International Development. In June, John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, had sent the development...

Pentagon Brass: Alternative Energy Isn’t Just for Environmentalists

August 20, 2015 Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., made waves back in 2012 when he admonished Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and reminded him he was “not the secretary of Energy.” That exchange made it into the documentary film “The Burden,” a plea for the military to kick its expensive fossil fuel habit. Since its...

Consumer Bureau Couldn't Buy Better Publicity

August 20, 2015 “The Agency That’s Got Your Back,” screams the headline in the Aug. 24 issue of Time magazine (subscription required). Being read all over the hinterland this week is reporter Massimo Calebresi’s profile of the four-plus-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, “a little-known government watchdog [that] is striking fear into the lending...

State Department Still Vague on Who Okayed Clinton Email Set-Up

August 19, 2015 When Hillary Clinton arrived to head the State Department in late January 2009, she would have gone through the usual orientation sessions for new top appointees, including tutorials on handling of classified information and records management. But in the five months since the controversy erupted over her use of a...

Senior Execs and Managers Blast Union for ‘Hit List’ of VA Officials to Fire

August 19, 2015 This story has been updated. In an unusual split between federal employee advocacy groups, the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association on Tuesday teamed up to ask several congressional panels to investigate what they called a “hit list” of Veterans Affairs Department managers compiled by a chapter of...

Shopping for Training and Development Services Could Soon Get Easier

August 18, 2015 As part of the Obama administration’s effort to streamline procurement through category management, the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration on Monday released requests for proposals from experts in training and human capital. The two multiple award governmentwide contract vehicles are aimed at expanding agency access to...

Broadcasting Board Names Ex-Scripps Networks Chief as CEO

August 17, 2015 The Broadcasting Board of Governors, whose staffers and board have been planning for years for an effective CEO, on Monday named former Scripps Networks president John Lansing to the post. The newly created CEO slot had been vacant since March, when veteran TV executive Andrew Lack bailed after just six...

Secret Service Pressing Ahead with Hiring Spree

August 17, 2015 Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy, tasked with righting an agency under fire over the past year for security omissions and agent misbehavior, has embarked on a multi-year hiring spree, though the precise numbers are in dispute. Reuters news service on Friday cited unnamed sources saying the service planned an unusual...