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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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Transparency Groups Want to Oust CIA Chief As White House Backs Him

August 13, 2014 In the latest twist in the feud between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee over a report on torture, an alliance of 20 transparency advocacy groups has called for the firing of Director of Central Intelligence John Brennan. The White House on Wednesday restated its previous assertions of full ...

EPA Partially Adopts OMB’s Guidance on Cost of Regulations

August 13, 2014 Amid ongoing criticism from many Republicans and business groups, the Environmental Protection Agency should more closely follow budget office guidance as it attempts to gauge the costs of rules it issues to protect air and water, Congress’ watchdog agency found. The Government Accountability Office reviewed seven of EPA’s regulatory impact ...

Comparing the Watergate Gang With Lois Lerner

August 13, 2014 Veteran Washington chronicler Elizabeth Drew, who’s been promoting the re-release of her 1970s New Yorker magazine Watergate articles to mark the 40th anniversary of the Nixon resignation, is eager to draw contrasts with the drama in today’s polarized government. Speaking Tuesday night at the Arlington County Central Library, the essayist ...

GSA Steers More Office Supply Deals to Small Businesses

August 13, 2014 Advancing the Obama administration’s dual goals of expanding shared services and boosting small businesses, the General Services Administration on Tuesday announced 21 new contracts for agency purchases of pens, paper and printing work. The move under the agency’s third generation of the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative went to companies all ...

Report: Agency Leaders Protected Teleworkers Who Lied About Their Hours

August 11, 2014 Employees of the Patent and Trademark Office, who’ve long enjoyed status working for one of the top agencies for telecommuting, awoke on Monday to a Washington Post exclusive that casts a shadow over some 4,000 patent examiners who work from home. According to the Post’s Lisa Rein, who obtained an ...

Misbehaving Contractors Might Be in Luck At These Agencies

August 8, 2014 Agency compliance with White House reporting requirements on past performance of contractors varies widely and falls short of targets set by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, auditors found. For the past six years, the Obama administration has sought to equip contracting officers with richer information on the past performance ...

Agencies Team Up to Improve Communities Without Wrecking the Environment

August 8, 2014 Underlining the links between affordable housing, reliable transportation and a clean environment, three Cabinet officers on Thursday joined in the release of a five-year progress report on a multi-agency effort to create more sustainable communities. The update on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities examines cooperation among the Housing and Urban ...

GSA Updates Agency Air Fare Deals to Save $2 Billion Yearly

August 7, 2014 The General Services Administration on Thursday released its updated governmentwide air travel contracts for 2015, touting prenegotiated discounts of 23 percent below corporate benchmark rates. The City Pair program, which allows federal travelers flexibility in changing flights at no extra cost, is estimated to save the government $2.3 billion next ...

Are Agencies Stonewalling Inspectors General?

August 6, 2014 At least one congressional overseer appears sympathetic to a letter lawmakers received Monday from 47 inspectors general complaining that they are being denied access to key agency records. The Justice Department, the Peace Corps, and the Chemical Safety Board were cited by the watchdogs for having invoked, in recent weeks, ...

One Agency Paid an Employee $400K to Sit on the Sidelines

August 5, 2014 This story has been updated with a link to the IG Council's report. After nearly two years on paid administrative leave, the inspector general for the National Archives and Records Administration will retire this week in the wake of an unreleased report from the governmentwide IG council, which found he ...