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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Temporary 'Bridge Contracts' Risk Overpayments

October 15, 2015 Temporary extensions of contracts without competitive bids, a common practice at many large agencies, may waste money and misallocate staff time if the government doesn’t come up with a precise definition for the process, a watchdog found. So-called “bridge contracts” are not defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Government...

GSA Can Improve Measures for Curbing Costly Property Leases, GAO Says

October 15, 2015 In its continuing efforts to freeze and eventually shrink “the federal footprint,” the General Services Administration too often resorts to extending costly leases on buildings that house federal agencies, in part because it lacks meaningful performance goals, a watchdog found. From 2012 through 2014, leases in holdover or extension status...

OMB and GSA Tout Progress in Federal Agencies ‘Buying as One’

October 15, 2015 In the 10 months since the White House procurement policy chief announced a new push to consolidate contracts, the government as a whole has taken seven key steps in pursuit of category management, officials said on Wednesday. “The more we work together to leverage our buying power, drive more consistent...

Customs and Border Protection Official Not Guilty of Prohibited Hiring

October 14, 2015 After four years of investigation and judicial hearings, a Customs and Border Protection human resources executive has been exonerated from charges that she participated in a team effort by employees to bypass civil service competitive hiring procedures to convert into career jobs three Schedule C political employees who were alumni...

TSA Chief Notes Progress After January’s Passenger Screening Debacle

October 13, 2015 Nine months after embarrassing revelations that federal airport screeners in a covert test had missed 95 percent of illegal passenger objects, the Transportation Security Administration has “begun the process of critical self-evaluation” under new leadership that could lead to a needed change in culture, a watchdog told lawmakers. Homeland Security...

Study: Agencies Flout Environmental Rules More than Private Firms

October 13, 2015 Government-owned power plants, hospitals and water utilities fall short in complying with federal environmental laws more often than similar private-sector entities, an academic study found. Publicly owned facilities are less likely to face fines or other sanctions for violations than are those owned and run by private firms, according to...

Justice Forces Phony Woman-Owned Contractor to Pay $20 Million

October 9, 2015 The defense contractor UFC Aerospace and its former president agreed to pay $20 million after admitting to the government that the company had falsely certified itself as a woman-owned small business, the Justice Department announced on Thursday. Beginning in 2001 until 2011, the Bay Shore, N.Y-based firm and its former...

Weather Service Staffers Protest 'Gag Orders' in Workforce Planning

October 8, 2015 The National Weather Service’s recent introduction of employee nondisclosure agreements concerning internal issues such as workforce planning, grievance procedures and collective bargaining has prompted a legal complaint from two employee groups. The National Weather Service Employees Organization joined with the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on Wednesday in writing...

Intel Community Opens Campus in Suburban Maryland

October 8, 2015 Some 3,000 employees of the 17-agency intelligence community have begun switching their commute to report to a “state-of-the-art” campus that opened on Wednesday in Bethesda, Md. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was among the officials at the ribbon cutting hosted by the Defense Intelligence Agency. “I believe this world-class...

Budget-Crunched IRS Fell Behind on Protecting Social Security Numbers

October 8, 2015 As part of the governmentwide effort against identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service is working to minimize the use of Social Security numbers in routine forms and correspondence but is making limited progress, a watchdog found. As of January 2015, the IRS estimated that it had removed or masked Social...

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