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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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OMB issues guidance boosting interagency purchasing

September 30, 2011 Encouraging agencies to reduce waste by leveraging their "own buying power," the federal chief procurement officer on Thursday issued guidance designed to reduce duplication in acquisitions by increasing interagency contracting and information sharing. Dan Gordon, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, in a letter to chief acquisition officers...

DIA marks its 50th anniversary of combining military and national intelligence

September 29, 2011 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday saluted past and present employees of the Defense Intelligence Agency in a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the agency's creation at the height of the Cold War. He spoke to a crowd of some 500 uniformed and civilian intelligence specialists at DIA's gleaming...

Virginia Lawmakers Play Traffic Cop

September 28, 2011 The forced march of some 6,400 national security employees to presumably safer digs in the Washington suburbs has never sat well with the Northern Virginia congressional delegation. With the multi-agency moves required under the Base Realignment and Closure process now underway, skepticism about the Pentagon's ability to manage the long-foreseen...

ICE announces nationwide arrests of thousands of convicted criminal aliens

September 28, 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday announced 2,901 arrests in 50 states and four territories during a recent week of coordinated efforts primarily targeting felons in violation of immigration law. In what ICE Director John Morton told reporters was his agency's largest ever operation aimed at criminals, Homeland Security Department...

Coming defense vote will alter contractor executive pay

September 28, 2011 With a Senate vote expected in early October on the fiscal 2012 Defense authorization bill, changes appear likely in how contracting companies are reimbursed for what they pay their executives. But the reach of the new policy remains in dispute. Both the House and Senate versions of the bill would...

Washington Monument Elevator Woes

September 26, 2011 The Aug. 23 East Coast earthquake, which caused cracks in the Washington Monument, also damaged its elevator, the National Park Service said on Monday. Because of suspected damage to the elevator's counterweights, the lift can rise only to the 250-foot level. Engineers -- including skilled "rappelers" who will scale the...

Justice Department’s muffin controversy reheats

September 26, 2011 This story has been updated. Last week's much discussed report that Justice Department employees filed expense reports for hotel breakfast muffins costing $16 was rebutted by an agency spokeswoman over the weekend, but that hasn't quieted a senator who wants Justice to better economize. Responding to a media onslaught and...

Better oversight of contracts called key to repairing Pentagon ledgers

September 23, 2011 Improving oversight and administration of defense contracts is the key to victory in Pentagon financial managers' struggle to meet a 2017 deadline for auditable books, a Defense Department deputy inspector general official said Friday. "From the contract officer level to the contract officer on the ground, the more improvement in...

Dollar Value of IGs

September 22, 2011 The latest numbers on the effectiveness of the government's 62 inspectors general are now available in a Government Accountability Office report, which quantifies their value in the eternal battles against waste, fraud and abuse: a potential $18 for every dollar invested, GAO said. In fiscal 2009, IGs "identified $43.3 billion...

Senators vow to continue work of expiring wartime contracting panel

September 22, 2011 Harry Truman "would be shocked," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told a Senate panel Wednesday during the final hearing on the expiring Wartime Contracting Commission that was modeled on World War II anti-corruption investigations led by the 33rd president. Nearly one-third of the $206 billion that the United States has spent...