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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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IRS and FBI Push Back at Republican Charges of Coverup

June 17, 2014 This story has been updated. The year-old imbroglio over alleged political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service continues apace, with the IRS and FBI resisting accusations that the Obama administration is withholding investigative documents, destroying relevant emails and reining in criminal prosecutors. On Monday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee...

Pentagon Ranks Top 30 DOD Suppliers

June 16, 2014 The Defense Department’s acquisition chief on Friday released a ranking of the top 30 supplier units within the contracting industry as part of a continuing effort to improve the government’s largest procurement operations by curbing costs and professionalizing the workforce. Frank Kendall III, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and...

Whistleblower Advocates Praise Senate-Passed Intel Reforms

June 16, 2014 The Senate’s vote last week to approve a package of intelligence community whistleblower protections was welcomed on Monday by whistleblower advocacy groups. The fiscal 2015 Intelligence Authorization bill the chamber passed June 12 would expand and codify available rights for whistleblowers that President Obama laid out in the October 2012...

Vanity Portraits: Not Much of a Drain on the Budget

June 16, 2014 The stunning story made national network news: Agency heads were squandering taxpayer money by commissioning painters to produce vanity portraits of themselves, suitable for framing. But buried in a recent Congressional Budget Office report scoring Senate legislation to address the situation is the slightly snarkily expressed verdict that the problem...

Executive Order Will Ban Contractors from Discriminating Against Gay Employees

June 16, 2014 This story has been updated. A flurry of news reports on Monday said President Obama has directed staff to prepare an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. A White House official told The Huffington Post that the order would "build upon...

Pentagon Ranks Top Suppliers to Spark Competition Among Contractors

June 13, 2014 The Defense Department’s acquisition chief on Friday released a ranking of the top 30 supplier units within the contracting industry as part of a continuing effort to improve the government’s largest procurement operations by curbing costs and professionalizing the workforce. Frank Kendall III, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and...

Changing GPO’s Name Isn't High on the Congressional Agenda

June 13, 2014 The venerable Government Printing Office, which just won rave reviews in an agency customer satisfaction survey, has been pressing Congress to modernize its name for the digital age, but so far has had little luck. A bill (S. 1947) introduced in January by Sen. Amy Klochubar, D-Minn., would do nothing...

Contractors Are Still Taking Short Cuts on Background Checks, Audit Finds

June 12, 2014 The three main companies performing employee security clearance checks for the Office of Personnel Management need to improve their case reviews and training to curb the number of investigations being closed prematurely, a watchdog said on Thursday. The largest contractor, USIS, along with CACI and KSG, allow too many background...

CIA Uses Its First Public Conference to Stress Value of Human Sources

June 11, 2014 The nation’s oldest spy agency remains relevant in the digital age, CIA Director John Brennan told an academic conference on Wednesday, saying his team “still provides intelligence and analysis that social media and foreign partners cannot because nothing can replace the insight that comes from a well-connected human source.” Brennan...

VA Hiring Freeze Could Cut Unnecessary Layers of Management

June 11, 2014 The targeted hiring freeze that acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson announced recently along with 15 other management reforms could reduce bloat and free up resources to combat the patient-wait-time scandal that has engulfed the department, observers say. The hiring freeze would apply to the Veterans Health Administration Central Office...