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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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Misbehaving Contractors Might Be in Luck At These Agencies

August 8, 2014 Agency compliance with White House reporting requirements on past performance of contractors varies widely and falls short of targets set by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, auditors found. For the past six years, the Obama administration has sought to equip contracting officers with richer information on the past performance ...

Agencies Team Up to Improve Communities Without Wrecking the Environment

August 8, 2014 Underlining the links between affordable housing, reliable transportation and a clean environment, three Cabinet officers on Thursday joined in the release of a five-year progress report on a multi-agency effort to create more sustainable communities. The update on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities examines cooperation among the Housing and Urban ...

GSA Updates Agency Air Fare Deals to Save $2 Billion Yearly

August 7, 2014 The General Services Administration on Thursday released its updated governmentwide air travel contracts for 2015, touting prenegotiated discounts of 23 percent below corporate benchmark rates. The City Pair program, which allows federal travelers flexibility in changing flights at no extra cost, is estimated to save the government $2.3 billion next ...

Are Agencies Stonewalling Inspectors General?

August 6, 2014 At least one congressional overseer appears sympathetic to a letter lawmakers received Monday from 47 inspectors general complaining that they are being denied access to key agency records. The Justice Department, the Peace Corps, and the Chemical Safety Board were cited by the watchdogs for having invoked, in recent weeks, ...

One Agency Paid an Employee $400K to Sit on the Sidelines

August 5, 2014 This story has been updated with a link to the IG Council's report. After nearly two years on paid administrative leave, the inspector general for the National Archives and Records Administration will retire this week in the wake of an unreleased report from the governmentwide IG council, which found he ...

Agencies Fail to Accurately Document Grants Worth Billions

August 4, 2014 Hundreds of billions of dollars in agency grants and loans were not reported properly on the USASpending.gov website, according to a Government Accountability Office audit of fiscal 2012 agency reporting. Although agencies generally reported contract information as required, auditors said in a report released Friday, they did not properly report ...

Agencies Hit Small Business Contracting Targets

August 4, 2014 Confirming an achievement first leaked in April, the Small Business Administration on Friday announced that the government met its small business federal contracting goal for the first time in eight years. The agency average of 23.39 percent of eligible contract dollars for fiscal 2013—totaling $83.1 billion—was released as part of ...

This May Be The Worst Abuse of Federal Telework Ever

August 1, 2014 A unit within the Patent and Trademark Office is on the hot seat after an inspector general reported that 19 paralegals over a four-year period were given so little work that they passed the time catching up on personal chores. Supervisors at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board looked the ...

As the World Burns, Senate Leaves Key Diplomatic Posts Vacant

August 1, 2014 Among the many tasks senators left dangling when they departed for their August recess, are nominations for dozens of ambassadors, many of whom have been on hold for more than a year. The American Foreign Service Association, the union of current and former diplomats, on Friday blasted the Senate’s failure ...

House Oversight Floats 15 Reforms to ‘Depoliticize’ IRS

July 31, 2014 After a year of tense hearings on alleged political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service, Republicans on the House oversight panel proposed 15 changes they say would rescue the “broken agency” from politicization. Released Wednesday, the same day new emails came out revealing anti-conservative comments from former IRS executive Lois ...