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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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Refreshed USASpending Website Irks Some Transparency Advocates

April 3, 2015 The work-in-progress known as government transparency took a new twist on April 1 when the Treasury Department unveiled “improvements” to the USAspending.gov website aimed at providing easy public access to data on federal contracts, grants and financial assistance governmentwide. David Lebryk, Treasury’s fiscal assistant secretary, in a blog post described...

SIGAR Says $416M for Afghan Women Could Go To Waste

April 2, 2015 The newly inaugurated first lady of Afghanistan recently expressed skepticism about new spending on programs to promote the status of women in her country, a concern, it turns out, shared by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. IG John Sopko on Thursday sent a letter to the acting administrator...

Whistleblowers Who Exposed Hiring Offenses at Bonneville Power Administration Win Relief

April 2, 2015 Four Energy Department employees who exposed manipulation of hiring procedures at the Bonneville Power Administration won settlements with full relief, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Wednesday. Two supervisors who were found to have retaliated against the whistleblowers were disciplined and relieved from supervisory duties, though a third human...

Think You Know Which Agencies Are Most Innovative?

April 2, 2015 It may not surprise many people that NASA is deemed among the most innovative federal agencies, but a study released Thursday points to a handful of other agencies that probably aren’t top of mind when people think about creativity in government. The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, working with Deloitte...

Watchdog Wary of Loosely Defined Program for Afghan Women

April 2, 2015 The newly inaugurated first lady of Afghanistan recently expressed skepticism about new spending on programs to promote the status of women in her country, a concern, it turns out, shared by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. IG John Sopko on Thursday sent a letter to the acting administrator...

Lerner Won't Face Contempt Charges, Justice Department Says

April 1, 2015 Nearly two years after Lois Lerner infuriated Republican lawmakers by invoking her Fifth Amendment rights not to testify about her conduct at the Internal Revenue Service, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday that she will face no criminal contempt charges. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. in a letter to...

Lawmaker Asks Obama to Fire Commerce IG for Years of Alleged Misconduct

April 1, 2015 This story has been updated. Making good on a promise issued on the House floor last week, the top Democrat on the chamber’s Science panel on Tuesday wrote to President Obama with a call to remove the inspector general at the Commerce Department, citing years of misconduct ranging from punishing...

Executive at Center of GSA Conference Scandal Pleads Guilty to Making False Claims

April 1, 2015 Jeff Neely, who once rode high planning lavish conferences as western regional commissioner for the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to making false claims to federal investigators. The announcement, from an assistant U.S. attorney based in San Francisco and the GSA Inspector General’s Office, said...

IRS Chief Warns Budget Cuts Harming Recruitment, Customer Service

March 31, 2015 A brain drain and budget cuts are endangering the long-term manageability of the Internal Revenue Service, its commissioner warned on Tuesday, though employee handling of the current tax filing season is going “swimmingly,” contrary to expectations. “The underfunding of the agency is the most critical challenge facing the IRS today,”...

Lawmaker Moves to Remake Air Traffic Control as a Corporation

March 30, 2015 As managed by the Federal Aviation Administration, the nation’s air traffic control system has for decades prompted complaints about faltering funding from Congress and a top-heavy bureaucracy that is slow to exploit new technology. With Congress gearing up to reauthorize the FAA by September, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., is taxiing...