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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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A Teen, a Typeface, and $136M in Taxpayer Savings

March 28, 2014 As the world’s largest purchaser, the U.S. government must explore every savings opportunity -- down to the last serif on its millions of printed pages. But when a Pittsburgh sixth-grader recently detailed a proposal to save the feds $136 million merely by printing documents in a simpler typeface, the Government ...

An Unauthorized Leak on Unauthorized 'Zero Dark Thirty' Remarks?

March 28, 2014 The tangled tale of how former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in 2011 may have inadvertently disclosed classified information took a new turn this week with a complaint that a longtime whistleblower ombudsman now working for the intelligence community inappropriately shared a document with Congress. Dan Meyer, who spent years at ...

Team Tomorrow

March 28, 2014 The nation’s current crop of sixth-graders contains an unknowable number of budding public servants who a decade from now will sign on to work for the federal government. The tail end of the so-called millennial generation (those born since 1982), these young professionals are apt to join agencies with reduced ...

Urgency Exceptions for War-Zone Contracts Mostly Justified, GAO Finds

March 27, 2014 Three agencies working in war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq have rightly taken advantage of urgency exceptions that allow single-source contracting, the Government Accountability Office found. Auditors did, however, fault managers for failing to post accurate procurement data in some instances. The Defense and State departments and the U.S. Agency for International ...

IRS Chief Warns Delivering Documents to Congress Could Take Years

March 26, 2014 After three months on the job, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen faced a grilling on Wednesday from House GOP lawmakers who accused him of withholding internal agency emails demanded in a February subpoena. But Koskinen said his staff is fully responding to the request as originally defined, warning that a ...

Should Edward Snowden Get His Passport Back?

March 25, 2014 On Wednesday, an alliance of pro-whistleblower activists is set to deliver petitions containing more than 100,000 signatures to the State and Justice Departments demanding that former National Security Agency contractor-turned-leaker Edward Snowden have his passport reinstated so that he can end his current exile in Russia. The petitions are addressed ...

House Republicans Prod OMB on Federal Property Data

March 25, 2014 Two top members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are pressuring the Obama administration to turn over documents on federal property holdings, threatening a subpoena if the Office of Management and Budget does not comply. As part of its ongoing monitoring of administration handling of vacant and outmoded ...

The FBI Has Built a Better Terrorist Watchlist

March 25, 2014 The FBI has made considerable progress in improving the accuracy and timeliness of the post-9/11 terrorist watchlist, the Justice Department inspector general reported on Tuesday. But the bureau-administered Terrorist Screening Center could do more to document investigations during national security incidents as well as better facilitate the sharing of information ...

Former U.S. Controller, Champion of Feds Goes to Private Practice

March 24, 2014 Danny Werfel, the Office of Management and Budget stalwart whom President Obama tapped in May 2013 to stabilize the troubled Internal Revenue Service, has begun a job in the private sector, his new employer announced Monday. The former U.S. controller is now a director in the Washington office of the ...

The Pentagon Can't Buy All Its F-35s for $390.4 Billion

March 24, 2014 In the latest downbeat assessment of the Pentagon’s 13-year struggle to build the Joint Strike Fighter, Congress’ watchdog on Monday warned that the high-tech aircraft’s $390.4 billion total acquisition cost may not be achievable in the current budget climate. “Currently the acquisition program requires $12.6 billion per year through 2037,” ...