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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House Passes Bill to Beef Up Inspector General Powers

June 21, 2016 The House late Tuesday voted to expand the investigative powers of the 72 inspectors general, including subpoena power over current and former agency officials and contractors—under certain conditions, where access to agency documents is currently blocked due to privacy considerations. The Inspector General Empowerment Act (H.R. 2395), introduced in May...

House Passes Office of Special Counsel Reauthorization With Whistleblower Protections

June 21, 2016 The House on Tuesday voted to reauthorize the Office of Special Counsel for five years while strengthening its authority to extract information and documents from agencies while investigating alleged retaliation against whistleblowers. The Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act (H.R. 4639) was introduced by Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, a member...

Suspensions and Debarments of Misbehaving Contractors Drop

June 21, 2016 Formal disciplinary actions against federal contractors in the form of suspensions, debarments and proposed debarments fell 3.7 percent in fiscal 2015 over the previous year, according to the annual report of the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee. The survey of agencies found 918 suspensions, 2,196 proposed debarments and 1,873 debarments...

Top Homeland Security Officials Under Fire for Personal Email Use

June 20, 2016 Newly released Homeland Security Department documents detail how Secretary Jeh Johnson and 28 other officials defied a security precaution against using Web-based personal email accounts at the office, the conservative legal group Judicial Watch announced on Friday. The fact that Homeland Security officials “bent rules” on private email use—first reported...

Pentagon Embraces GSA’s OASIS Services Contract

June 20, 2016 Defense Department procurement officials have agreed to expand their use of the General Services Administration’s single contract for complex professional services known as OASIS, GSA announced. The One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contract, and its related version for small business firms, provides a unique vehicle through which agencies can...

Should Congressional Research Service Reports Be Kept Secret?

June 20, 2016 Transparency boosters have long pined for public release of the hundreds of informative Congressional Research Service reports prepared—often on a confidential basis—for members of Congress. The reports, after all, are no longer confined to expensive paper products but now emerge as instantly accessed free digital links. So why not take...

Nonprofit Wants Back-Up to IRS Handling of Campaign Finance Abuses

June 17, 2016 A Washington ethics advocacy group has filed a complaint alleging campaign finance abuses by 10 organizations it calls “dark money groups,” taking the unusual step of filing with both the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department, including the FBI. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the 10...

How Some Agencies Are Escaping GAO's High-Risk List

June 17, 2016 Countering what he sees as news media preoccupation with government screw-ups, a Senate Democrat on Thursday convened an unofficial “roundtable” to showcase four agencies that have made progress toward moving off the Government Accountability Office’s “high-risk” list. Several agencies have made strides toward "tackling their challenges and meeting some of...

House Oversight Republicans Vote to Censure IRS Chief

June 15, 2016 In the latest in their bid to impeach the Internal Revenue Commissioner, Republicans on the House Oversight panel on Wednesday used a business meeting to approve a resolution 23-15 “condemning and censuring” John Koskinen, over the objections of committee Democrats. The resolution expresses the sense of the House that Koskinen...

Lawmakers Blast Pentagon Watchdog, Following Complaints from Frustrated Whistleblowers

June 14, 2016 The Defense Department inspector general’s office, currently led on an acting basis by veteran watchdog Glenn Fine, has mishandled many would-be whistleblowers and needs new management tools, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said in a letter to the office released on Tuesday. Despite some recent improvements, the watchdog continues to...

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