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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Lawmakers Want More Than 'Half-Hearted' Response to Travel Card Use at Casinos, Strip Clubs

September 22, 2016 A bipartisan group of six House members has written to Defense Secretary Ash Carter demanding more than a “half-hearted” response from the Pentagon’s financial systems managers following a recent watchdog report showing continued use of government travel cards at casinos and strip clubs. The Defense Department inspector general’s review of...

Watchdog Finds Weaknesses in Program to Combat Corruption in Afghanistan

September 22, 2016 A key program intended to curb official corruption in Afghanistan suffered from a lack of independence and enforcement powers, a watchdog found, the result being that many local power brokers failed to declare all of their financial assets. The Afghan government’s High Office of Oversight, set up in 2008 by...

Inspectors General Want Expanded Powers, Survey Finds

September 21, 2016 The federal government’s roster of inspectors general view themselves as rendering a valuable service in orienting newcomers in the next administration to potential risks and informing them about management tools, according to a survey released Tuesday. Most also favor passage of a Senate-cleared bill to expand their authority to obtain...

IRS Chief Apologizes at Hearing, But Calls Talk of Impeachment Unwarranted

September 21, 2016 At a House hearing packed with presidential campaign references, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday stood his ground against Republicans pursuing his impeachment. He expressed regret, however, that he hadn’t more carefully worded some past testimony on the so-called IRS targeting controversy and reported problems to lawmakers more promptly....

Faulty Fingerprint Records Lead to Hundreds of Mistakes in Granting Citizenship

September 20, 2016 At a time of domestic terrorist attacks and worries over border enforcement, immigration officials granted citizenship to 858 individuals without a thorough fingerprint check that might have flagged them as ineligible, a watchdog found. John Roth, inspector general for the Homeland Security Department, said in a report released on Monday...

Pentagon Watchdog General Counsel Denies Anti-Semitism Charge

September 20, 2016 The general counsel of the Defense Department inspector general’s office is denying old charges of anti-Semitism lodged against him that were recently revived in a lawsuit. Henry Shelley, who has been the watchdog’s general counsel since February 2010 but has worked for the office since 1991, was accused of speaking...

Senate Budget Chairman Proposes a Cure for Congress' Addiction to Continuing Resolutions

September 20, 2016 Congress’ frustrating budget stalemates and addiction to end-of-session continuing resolutions could be eliminated under a new set of reform proposals detailed on Monday by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Budget Committee. An accountant who points proudly to firm spending decisions made by the legislature in Wyoming, Enzi has...

Exceptional Feds Get Their Turn on the Red Carpet

September 20, 2016 This story has been updated. Two days after the television industry gave its EMMY awards, it was federal employees’ turn to collect their SAMMIES. For the 15th year, the Service to America Medals were handed to agency stars who are making a difference in their communities and improving lives. Winners...

Postal Clerk Learns He Can't 'Make America Great Again' While on Government Property

September 19, 2016 With election season nearing its climax, the Office of Special Counsel recently jawboned three federal employees into removing illegal campaign paraphernalia from their federal work facilities. “The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity while on duty or in the workplace,” the independent agency noted in...

Pentagon Eases Blockade of Access to Science Group's Website

September 16, 2016 For the past six months, Defense Department employees attempting to read online blogs on the Federation of American Scientists were presented with a notice saying, “Access to this website has been blocked for operational reasons by the DoD Enterprise-Level Protection System.” As explained in a Wednesday posting by Steven Aftergood,...

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