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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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Intel Community Whistleblowers Enter the Post-Snowden Era

June 2, 2014 Among the many continuing shockwaves from last spring’s domestic surveillance disclosures by Edward Snowden is a concerted effort within the intelligence community to recast whistleblowing. Not that many officials grant hero status to the onetime National Security Agency contractor charged with espionage and now marooned in Russia. Many believe he...

It's Getting Easier to Reach IRS Employees

May 30, 2014 Some agency employees are reluctant to publish their phone numbers for fear, perhaps, of harassment. That appeared to be the case at the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Division, which for months resisted efforts to obtain a phone list by tax attorney and newsletter editor Paul Streckfus. After pleas and...

Uncertainty Surrounding the Sequester Made a Measurable Difference Even on the Local Level

May 29, 2014 Not all the effects of sequestration are quantifiable, but concrete impacts on agencies in fiscal 2013 ranged from skipped medical facility inspections, to lengthier border crossings for truckers, to delayed housing vouchers for the needy, to postponed training for nondeployed military units, Congress’ watchdog reported. The Government Accountability Office, in...

Census Faces Pressure from Both Chambers of Congress and Both Political Parties

May 28, 2014 Nine months into his job as Census director, John Thompson is experiencing his first full appropriations process while facing pressure from Congress to keep the 2020 big count on schedule and refrain from violating Americans’ privacy. As the House gets set this week to consider the Commerce Department’s appropriations bill,...

Trump's Vision for Pennsylvania Avenue

May 28, 2014 More than a half-century after President Kennedy pressed for a renewal of a then-blighted Pennsylvania Avenue, another experienced presidential candidate is making his mark on Washington’s grand boulevard. Developer Donald Trump, who last year won a General Services Administration 60-year lease to renovate the historic Old Post Office, has offered...

Justice Fires Back at Issa on Testimony Over IRS Probe

May 27, 2014 Tuesday, May 27, was the day the Justice Department was supposed to produce a key prosecutor to testify to staff on a House panel probing alleged political favoritism at the Internal Revenue Service. But that was according to a May 22 letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder by House...

House Defense Bill Would Raise Small Business Contracting Goals

May 27, 2014 The defense policy bill that cleared the House May 22 is controversial for multiple reasons, most stemming from its rejection of many of the Obama administration’s cost-cutting proposals in troop compensation, military bases and weapons systems. But deep inside the 700-plus page National Defense Authorization Act are also provisions to...

Obama Touts OMB and HUD Nominees as ‘Proven' Leaders, Managers

May 23, 2014 The White House on Friday officially announced the nominations of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to take over as Office of Management and Budget director and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to lead HUD. News of the likely nominations broke last weekend. President Obama praised Donovan for his...

Army Contracting Command Failed to Spot $100M in Overbilling

May 20, 2014 Two major contractors working on an Army counter-narco-terrorism project used unqualified labor and overbilled the government by nearly $100 million, according to a leaked version of a Pentagon inspector general report. Prime contractor Northrop Grumman and subcontractor DynCorp overcharged the government anywhere from $91 million to $123 million from 2007...

GSA Awards Professional Services Contracts to 74 Companies

May 20, 2014 The General Services Administration took a key step in its effort to harmonize agency services contracts with its announcement Monday that it has given awards to 74 companies under its vehicle called One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, or OASIS. As a family of contracts developed by GSA to streamline...