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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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Senators Propose Acting as 'Board of Directors' for VA

April 30, 2015 Senators from both parties threw skeptical questions at an interim Veterans Affairs Department undersecretary on Wednesday at a hearing exploring ways to get the controversy-plagued department off the Government Accountability Office’s list of high-risk government operations. Acting as controversies continue over construction cost overruns at VA facilities and treatment of ...

Departing Aerospace Industries Leader: First-Rate Nations Respect and Support Public Servants

April 30, 2015 Marion Blakey on Thursday ended a seven-plus-year stint as president and CEO of the Arlington, Va.-based Aerospace Industries Association. Blakey brought to that private-sector post years of experience in no fewer than six federal positions (winning four Senate confirmations), including head of the Federal Aviation Administration, chief of the Transportation ...

Pentagon Intel Chief Retires Citing No Wrongdoing in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Leak

April 30, 2015 Michael Vickers, the nation’s third Defense undersecretary for intelligence since the job was created after 9/11, stepped down on Thursday, as announced in March. Marking the end of a federal career that included combat and operations service as an Army Green Beret and a CIA operations officer, Vickers made it ...

Journalist Badmouths Two Administrations' Treatment of Whistleblowers

April 29, 2015 The New York Times' James Risen, who recently was spared threatened prosecution by the Justice Department for refusing to reveal his source for some classified information on operations inside Iran, had some tough words on Wednesday for both the Obama and George W. Bush administrations. Risen, speaking to hundreds from ...

CIA Chief Says Overhaul Puts Spies and Analysts ‘Cheek by Jowl'

April 29, 2015 The announced reorganization of the CIA, which launches on April 30, will embrace digital communications while placing spies and analysts “cheek by jowl,” CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday. In the workforce initially there was “anxiety that some of the analysis might be corrupted,” he told a mostly contractor audience ...

All-Stars of Government Whistleblowing Blast Obama Prosecutions

April 27, 2015 The landscape for whistleblowing “changed drastically” on April 23 when Gen. David Patraeus received two years’ probation and a $100,000 fine for divulging classified information, according to a panel of some of government’s most famous disclosers of secrets. “We all owe one debt of gratitude to [former CIA Director] Petraeus ...

$1.5 Billion for Rebuilding Afghanistan Remains Unspent, Watchdog Says

April 27, 2015 After 14 years in Afghanistan, the Defense Department has successfully transferred 813 U.S. bases to the Afghan National Security Forces but has yet to spend roughly $1.4 billion intended for local transportation, power and education projects, a watchdog found. Of the $2.3 billion spent under the Commander's Emergency Response Program ...

Voters Want Aggressive Government Reform, Not Tinkering Around the Edges

April 24, 2015 Eroding confidence in government has shrunk the ranks of reinventing government “tinkerers,” providing an opening for a more-aggressive reform platform for the 2016 election, says a new polling analysis released Friday in a Brookings Institution paper. Government reform themes likely to emerge during the election boil down to whether the ...

White House Procurement Chief Wants Acquisition SWAT Team

April 24, 2015 Citing as a model the U.S. Digital Service information technology fix-it team, the White House procurement chief said she hopes to create and train an elite acquisition group to help the Obama administration implement its category management efficiency reforms. Anne Rung, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, told ...

Watchdog Sounds Alarm on Dead Alarm in Ex-President's Home

April 23, 2015 In another in a series of reported performance lapses by the Secret Service, the Homeland Security Department’s watchdog on Thursday revealed that security alarms at the Houston home of former President George H.W. Bush were broken and left inoperable for 13 months. “During this 13 month period, the Secret Service ...