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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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Federal Contract Spending Dipped 1.5% in 2015, Study Finds

June 7, 2016 Total federal contract spending in fiscal 2015 came in at $440.8 billion, a 1.5 percent decline from that in fiscal 2014, according to the fifth annual Bloomberg Government 200, released on Tuesday. Companies among the top 200 government contractors won about the same share of federal contract dollars as last...

White House Steps Up Presidential Transition Planning

June 6, 2016 As required in the presidential transition law enacted in March, the White House in June has begun meeting with designated agency officers to accelerate preparations for the handoff to the next administration. On Friday, the White House hosted the Agency Transition Directors Council to review coming milestones and discussed the...

DHS Employees Overseas: Drugs and Prostitutes Are Probably Not OK

June 6, 2016 Despite extensive overseas travel by their employees, six agencies within the Homeland Security Department lack broad policies and training programs on precisely what types of questionable personal conduct are permitted in foreign countries during off-hours. “The department has some limited, department-wide policies governing off-duty conduct in general, but the policies...

Army Spent Millions to Renovate Doomed Dining Hall

June 6, 2016 By the end of June, the Army will close the main mess hall at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax, Va., only six months after a one-year renovation costing a reported $6 million, Government Executive has confirmed. The Eagle’s Nest Dining Facility underwent a major renovation that brought new lighting, ceilings and...

Which Clinton Aide Arranged the Private Email Server?

June 3, 2016 When the State Department watchdog on May 25 released a damning report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lapses in email management, the footnotes added a new wrinkle to the story that could force other shoes to drop in the 2016 presidential campaign. “In addition to Secretary Clinton, eight...

Deloitte Will Pay Government $11 Million to Settle Pricing Case

June 1, 2016 Deloitte Consulting LLP has agreed to pay the government $11.38 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims on its pricing under a General Services Administration information technology contract. A Justice Department announcement on Tuesday noted that the firm did not admit liability. “Contractors are expected to deal fairly...

Senate Panel Advances Whistleblower Reforms

May 31, 2016 A key Senate panel on the eve of the Memorial Day holiday approved a package of 19 government reform bills that includes a reauthorization of the Office of Special Counsel while imposing major changes. The reauthorization of OSC, the main governmentwide outlet for whistleblower complaints, would strengthen that agency’s access...

White House Would Require Supply Contractors to Disclose Climate Risks

May 31, 2016 The Obama administration’s procurement chief has teamed up with White House environmental officers on a proposal to require more reporting on climate risks from agency supply-chain contractors. In a blog post highlighting a proposed rule published May 25 by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, three officials said the idea is...

White House Transition Survivors Regret Neglecting Congress

May 25, 2016 In offering advice to the emerging teams for the next administration, former White House National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley this week engaged in some self-criticism. “I regret that we didn’t use Congress more, to meet the delegations after their trips” for debriefings, said the adviser to George W. Bush and...

House Passes Bills to Speed Up Sales of Federal Buildings

May 24, 2016 Impatient with the Obama administration’s seven-year effort to “shrink the federal footprint,” the House on Monday unanimously passed two bills aimed at accelerating the process of disposing of unneeded agency buildings, restructuring the General Services Administration and creating a new buildings authority. Backers said together the bipartisan bills would save...