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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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Why Feds Shouldn’t Watch Star Trek During Work Hours

September 25, 2014 File this one under “seemed like a good idea at the time.” Twenty-one employees and contractors of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in May 2013 agreed to attend a special team-building exercise. It consisted of a four-hour restaurant lunch and theater viewing of “Star Trek: Into the Darkness.” An ...

Army’s Doctrine Chief: Expect the Unexpected

September 25, 2014 Though reluctant to reduce military training to a bumper sticker, the Army’s top doctrine commander on Thursday chose “win in a complex world” as the most succinct expression of his approach to future warfare preparations. “We should expect the unknown, so we can arrive and adopt and innovate,” Gen. David ...

Grand Canyon Park Gets Creative to Attract Bids on Concessions Contract

September 24, 2014 For nearly 100 years, Grand Canyon National Park has enjoyed a beneficial relationship with Xanterra Parks and Resorts, the nation’s largest parks tourism contractor whose corporate ancestors have sold lodging and concessions at the Arizona wonder since the late 19th century. But in the 21st century, the cash-strapped National Park ...

DHS Chief to Washington Post: Actually, 90 Percent of our Senior Positions Are Filled

September 24, 2014 With all he has on his plate at a time of border crossings and threats from ISIS, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took time to rebut a long Washington Post feature faulting his massive department for heavy turnover. The Post’s Sept. 22 front-page article “disregarded the present,” Johnson wrote in ...

Republicans Demand the White House’s Latest Thinking on Immigration Reform

September 23, 2014 With six weeks to go before the midterm elections, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are pressuring President Obama for a peek at the recommendations he’s receiving for the promised executive order on immigration reform that the White House recently postponed. Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and 21 other Republicans on ...

Here's How the Military Wants To Fix the Way It Buys Weapons

September 22, 2014 The Defense Department’s top acquisition officer on Friday unveiled a preview of the coming third iteration of its Better Buying Power initiative, stressing a new focus on technical excellence that one contractor group criticized as too internally oriented. “Underpinning BBP 3.0 is the growing concern that the United States’ technological ...

IRS Still Struggles With Identify Theft

September 22, 2014 Tax fraud committed by identity thieves cost the government $5.2 billion in 2013, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on the heels of a hard-hitting “60 Minutes” segment on the problem. Though the CBS feature was harsher in tone, the auditors’ report—the first in a coming series—gave the ...

Pentagon Warns of Losing Its Tech Edge

September 22, 2014 The Defense Department’s top acquisition officer on Friday unveiled a preview of the coming third iteration of its Better Buying Power initiative, stressing a new focus on technical excellence that one contractor group criticized as too internally oriented. “Underpinning BBP 3.0 is the growing concern that the United States’ technological ...

Ex-IRS Executive Lerner Breaks 15 Months of Silence

September 22, 2014 After 15 months of silence since invoking her Fifth Amendment rights before Congress, Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service executive whom Republicans place at the center of the targeting controversy, has weighed in. In an exclusive two-hour interview with Politico, the former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division ...

Will Congress Pull the Plug on Homeland Security’s Move to St. Elizabeths?

September 19, 2014 Congress should consider making future funding for the Homeland Security Department’s consolidation at St. Elizabeths hospital contingent on two agencies developing a more precise tenant plan that “conforms with leading practices” and recognizes how the workplace has changed in recent years, auditors said on Friday. A Government Accountability Office report ...