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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.
Results 21-30 of 2005

State Department Agrees to Probe Missing Clinton Emails

April 10, 2015 The State Department agreed back on April 2 to investigate department-wide email preservation policies in the wake of the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the National Archives and Records Administration announced on Thursday. Archives’ release of State’s correspondence came hours after a former Archives litigator ...

Labor Hasn't Reported All Its Conference Spending Properly

April 8, 2015 The crackdown on unnecessary travel and conference spending by both the Obama administration and Congress has added new paperwork and approval processes that agencies do not always execute thoroughly. The Labor Department, according to an inspector general’s report released March 31, skipped a few requirements that it disclose conferences above ...

Obama Administration Looks to 'Lock in Progress' on Management Goals

April 8, 2015 The end of the Obama administration is in sight for leaders of the Office of Management and Budget, who have instructed agencies to prepare for designating cross-agency priority goals for Obama’s final year. Budget Director Shaun Donovan on April 6 sent a memo to all agency heads outlining a schedule ...

Are State Department Contractors Shortchanging Whistleblowers?

April 7, 2015 A review of 30 top State Department contractors found that they have ethics codes for employees that investigators worry “may have a chilling effect” on willingness to blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse, a watchdog found. All of the companies reported some variation of the employee “confidentiality” agreements ...

VOA Director Steps Down in Another Dramatic Shift at Broadcasting Board

April 7, 2015 Just a month after the Broadcasting Board of Governors lost brand-new CEO Andy Lack to NBC News, the agency learned it will do without another key news executive, Voice of America Director David Ensor. In an all-hands meeting with staff on Tuesday, Ensor announced his resignation after four years at ...

Union: IRS Budget Cuts Hurt Workforce, Customer Service

April 6, 2015 Five consecutive years of budget cuts have left the Internal Revenue Service with 18,000 fewer employees, many of whom feel besieged this filing season by angry taxpayers waiting in long queues for help that is often inadequate, the National Treasury Employees Union said on Monday. IRS employees at taxpayer assistance ...

VA Pushes Back Against Claims Its Officials Lied to Congress

April 3, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department defended its improvement and newfound transparency in vets’ wait times for care, while taking issue with media reports challenging senior officials’ public testimony. In a blog post Thursday, the Veterans Health Administration interim Undersecretary for Health Carolyn Clancy touted the agency’s initiative to publicly post wait ...

Energy Secretary Lands Leading Role in Iran Nuclear Talks

April 3, 2015 Secretary of State John Kerry was not the only Obama administration Cabinet member appearing in news photos of the nuclear weapons talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, whom Kerry summoned to his side in February, is credited with playing a key role on technical issues of verification of ...

Refreshed USASpending Website Irks Some Transparency Advocates

April 3, 2015 The work-in-progress known as government transparency took a new twist on April 1 when the Treasury Department unveiled “improvements” to the USAspending.gov website aimed at providing easy public access to data on federal contracts, grants and financial assistance governmentwide. David Lebryk, Treasury’s fiscal assistant secretary, in a blog post described ...

SIGAR Says $416M for Afghan Women Could Go To Waste

April 2, 2015 The newly inaugurated first lady of Afghanistan recently expressed skepticism about new spending on programs to promote the status of women in her country, a concern, it turns out, shared by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. IG John Sopko on Thursday sent a letter to the acting administrator ...