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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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Park Service Defends Partnerships Against Fears of Commercialism

May 13, 2016 National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis took to the Washington Post letters column to defend his agency’s partnerships with private interests against suggestions that he is selling the park treasures to crass commercial sponsors. The Post on May 10 had published a story suggesting a Yosemite sponsored by Starbucks, noting...

GSA’s Digital Services Team Exposed 100 Google Drives, Watchdog Finds

May 13, 2016 The governmentwide digital services team housed at the General Services Administration, known as 18F, accidently exposed 100 GSA Google Drives to unauthorized users in and out of government, the agency’s inspector general announced on Friday. In a management alert, the watchdog said that during an ongoing evaluation by its forensic...

Pentagon’s Congressional Liaison Takes On GOP Lawmakers Over Benghazi, Email

May 12, 2016 After only eight months at the Defense Department, a former Capitol Hill staffer, White House aide and Army combat veteran has emerged as aggressive sparring partner with Republican committee chairmen who accuse the Obama administration of hiding documents. Stephen Hedger, the assistant Defense secretary for legislative affairs, in recent months...

Is Customs and Border Protection Foregoing Billions in Fees?

May 11, 2016 Customs and Border Protection, which works not only to keep terrorists out of the United States but to fund government by collecting import fees, may be leaving billions of dollars on the table annually. That’s according to a letter sent Tuesday by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight to the...

Homeland Security Slims Down Its Mission Statement

May 11, 2016 Thirteen years after its creation and eight months before it gets turned over to a new administration, the Homeland Security Department on Wednesday unveiled a new, slimmed-down mission statement. It reads: “With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland and our values.” Secretary Jeh Johnson said,...

Former GSA Chief Joins Tech Company Pushing Paperless Government

May 11, 2016 After just a year at a commercial real estate investment firm, former General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini is back in the government reform business—this time on the other side, selling the services of a technology startup. The veteran of the Treasury Department, the District of Columbia government and Washington’s...

Do Government's Foibles Turn off Millennials?

May 10, 2016 Older employees “live to work,” but Millennials “work to live,” said acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin at a panel discussion last week. “Young people are just not going to stay in the same positions, and we recognize that they have an outside life.” That’s why the Social Security Administration...

Medicare and Medicaid Improperly Paid Out $14.1 Billion

May 10, 2016 Unqualified claimants received as much as $14.1 billion in improper payments under the Medicare Advantage alternative insurance for seniors during 2014, in part because Health and Human Services Department specialists have not effectively selected providers for auditing, the Government Accountability Office found. In the latest watchdog probe into how agencies...

Conservative Transparency Group Sues 12 Agencies Alleging FOIA Obstruction

May 10, 2016 The right-leaning legal group Cause of Action on Monday filed a lawsuit against the White House counsel’s office and 11 other federal agencies charging the Obama administration with obstructing Freedom of Information Act requests. The group, which filed a similar suit in August 2014, said the administration misses deadlines under...

House Move to ‘Repurpose’ Overseas War Funding Is Risky, Critics Say

May 9, 2016 A maneuver by the House Armed Services Committee to “repurpose” funds for military operations overseas to pay for weapons systems and training is a likely bone of contention as Congress moves to consider the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill, H.R. 4904, cleared the House panel April 28...