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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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The Reports Most Lawmakers Don’t Want You to See

July 6, 2015 A long-simmering debate continues over whether the in-depth reports prepared for lawmakers by the Congressional Research Service should be published -- just as reports by the Government Accountability Office and Congressional Budget Office are made public. On June 17, The New York Times revived the issue in an editorial titled...

White House CIO’s Former Software Firm Settles False Claims Act Suit

July 6, 2015 The software company that recently employed federal chief information officer Tony Scott agreed to pay $75 million to settle claims that the company and a partner firm concealed commercial pricing and overcharged the government, the Justice Department announced last week. Palo Alto, Calif.,-based VMware Inc. and Reston, Va.-based Carahsoft agreed...

Justice Updates FOIA Guidance to Confirm Requesters Still Care

July 6, 2015 Freedom of Information Act requests often take agencies months to fulfill, by which time some requesters from the media or advocacy groups may have moved on to other pursuits. The Justice Department on July 2 issued new guidance aimed at improving the procedure known as a “still interested” inquiry, through...

CIA Establishes New Diversity Procedures

July 2, 2015 The CIA is implementing new diversity practices following a report released this week that concluded the agency “does not sufficiently prioritize the development of its officers, hold itself accountable for maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace, or consistently promote an inclusive culture.” Director John Brennan, in a June 30 statement,...

White House to Agencies: Budget for Climate Change

July 2, 2015 As part of President Obama’s continuing focus on addressing climate change, the White House budget office on Wednesday tasked agencies with “taking new steps to code it into the DNA of how we do business,” according to a blog post summarizing a new circular. “Climate action makes fiscal and economic...

Retirement of Acting VA Inspector General Doesn’t Halt Criticisms

July 1, 2015 Richard Griffin, longtime deputy inspector general and in recent years acting IG at the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, will leave the federal payroll on July 4, and his retirement is welcomed by some critics seeking a replacement who would be more in tune to whistleblowers. In a memo to his...

An Agency Left in Limbo as Authority Expires

July 1, 2015 The determined effort by some Republicans in Congress to defund the Export-Import Bank has left much of the agency’s staff cramped in their ability to work with industry, the press and public. As of Wednesday, the bank’s charter expired. The Ex-Im Bank—which critics view as corporate welfare due to its...

USAID Updates Error-Riddled Map of Afghan Health Clinics

July 1, 2015 A $210 million U.S.-funded health care program run by the Afghan government risks ineffective oversight because of faulty maps relied on by the U.S. Agency for International Development, a watchdog asserted. In response to findings by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, released in a letter Wednesday, the agency...

Ringleader in GSA Scandal Gets Three Months in Prison

July 1, 2015 Jeff Neely, the Public Buildings Service executive whose orchestration of a lavish Las Vegas training conference rocked the General Services Administration in 2012, was sentenced on Tuesday to three months imprisonment and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in fines and restitution by a federal district judge in San Francisco....

Agriculture Secretary Links Small Business Goals to Larger Agenda

June 30, 2015 Among the top-performing agencies in last week’s record-setting small business contracting score card was the Agriculture Department, whose grade of “A” is touted by its secretary as the result of a focus on rural America, smart spending and a commitment to minority rights. Tom Vilsack, in an interview with Government...