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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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...

Cashiered Army General Abused Purchase Card at Strip Clubs, IG Confirms

October 6, 2016 The former senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Ash Carter—who was dismissed last November over allegations of sexual misconduct—abused his government travel charge card at strip clubs overseas, the Defense Department inspector general confirmed in a highly anticipated report released on Thursday. Army Maj. Gen. Ronald Lewis, investigators found, also...

Moonlighter Launches Jobs Website Helping Feds Switch Agencies

October 5, 2016 Federal employees who are feeling restless have a new option in the job-hunting game., a self-proclaimed “revolutionary” website that went live on Sept. 20, lists an array of internal federal job openings “with the intention of making hiring and applying for federal jobs easier.” That’s according to co-founder and...

Obama Orders New Diversity Push in National Security Agencies

October 5, 2016 Describing an American society that can trace its “roots to every region around the world,” President Obama on Wednesday issued a presidential memorandum requiring a steadier focus on promoting demographic diversity in the workforce of agencies involved in intelligence, defense, diplomacy and homeland protection. Effective immediately, national security agency managers...

Government’s Recent Hostage Recovery Activities Deemed Largely Effective

October 4, 2016 The government’s attempts to rescue Americans taken hostage overseas while keeping their stateside families in the loop requires a multi-agency feat of coordination. In the first year of President Obama’s enunciated policies on hostage recovery activities, that coordination was largely effective, with several dozen hostages obtaining their freedom, according to...

New Leader, New Funding for Project to Rebuild Trust in Government

October 4, 2016 The Volcker Alliance, the New York nonprofit through which a top former government economist seeks to strengthen the call to public service, has a fresh infusion of financial support. The group’s newly installed president, Thomas Ross, last week announced receipt of an unrestricted research grant of $1.5 million from the...

Might Trump's Hunt-Loving Son Bump Into Federal Nepotism Law?

October 3, 2016 Since last January, close Trump-watchers have been aware of the expressed desire of Donald Trump Jr.—an avid outdoor sportsman-- to be the next Interior secretary. "Our big inside joke over Thanksgiving and Christmas, now that this thing has become very real with the presidency, is, 'Hey Don, the only thing...

Contract Consolidation Effort Saves $2 Billion and Counting

October 3, 2016 Two years after the Office of Federal Procurement Policy embraced the consolidation-of-contracts strategy known as category management, the White House on Friday announced that the effort to “transform the federal marketplace” has delivered $2 billion in savings. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung, in a blog post, said the Obama administration’s...

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