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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Ban on Contractor Campaign Gifts Is Constitutional, Says Circuit Court Panel

July 8, 2015 A 75-year-old prohibition on campaign contributions by individual federal contractors was upheld on Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit, a ruling favoring the Federal Election Commission’s position over two contractors for the U.S. Agency for International Development. In Wagner v. FEC, the appeals judges meeting...

Treasury Chief: Consumer Agency’s Track Record Should Silence Critics Who Wanted It Gone

July 8, 2015 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which after five years remains in the cross-hairs of Republican critics, has earned an end to calls for its abolition, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday. “The CFBP is doing important work and was protected with independent funding,” Lew told a Brookings Institution audience...

House Oversight Leaders Refer Ex-Chemical Board Chair for Prosecution

July 8, 2015 The recently fired chairman of the Chemical Safety Board has been referred to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution, the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced on Wednesday. Rafael Moure-Eraso, whose embattled tenure leading the independent investigative agency was ended three months...

The Face of Government’s Landlord

July 8, 2015 W hen President Obama nominated Denise Turner Roth to take the helm of the General Services Administration, he got a former city manager, legislative aide and efficiency crusader. At 41, Roth is younger than most people who’ve led the agency. As deputy she helped consolidate GSA’s information technology, human resources,...

Around Government

July 8, 2015 Defying Ranger Danger NPS’ Matt Hudson says he was just doing his job during a courageous nighttime rescue. After Matt Hudson received the call that his services were needed to rescue a man stuck on a rock amid Class IV rapids, he and his team—Brett Painter and Thomas Hall—had an...

IRS Did Not Willfully Destroy or Hide Lerner Emails, Watchdog Finds

July 7, 2015 An inspector general’s probe of the missing emails involving former Internal Revenue Service executive Lois Lerner “provided no evidence that the IRS employees involved intended to destroy data on the tapes or hard drives in order to keep this information from Congress,” the Justice Department or the inspector general’s staff,...

The Reports Most Lawmakers Don’t Want You to See

July 6, 2015 A long-simmering debate continues over whether the in-depth reports prepared for lawmakers by the Congressional Research Service should be published -- just as reports by the Government Accountability Office and Congressional Budget Office are made public. On June 17, The New York Times revived the issue in an editorial titled...

White House CIO’s Former Software Firm Settles False Claims Act Suit

July 6, 2015 The software company that recently employed federal chief information officer Tony Scott agreed to pay $75 million to settle claims that the company and a partner firm concealed commercial pricing and overcharged the government, the Justice Department announced last week. Palo Alto, Calif.,-based VMware Inc. and Reston, Va.-based Carahsoft agreed...

Justice Updates FOIA Guidance to Confirm Requesters Still Care

July 6, 2015 Freedom of Information Act requests often take agencies months to fulfill, by which time some requesters from the media or advocacy groups may have moved on to other pursuits. The Justice Department on July 2 issued new guidance aimed at improving the procedure known as a “still interested” inquiry, through...

CIA Establishes New Diversity Procedures

July 2, 2015 The CIA is implementing new diversity practices following a report released this week that concluded the agency “does not sufficiently prioritize the development of its officers, hold itself accountable for maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace, or consistently promote an inclusive culture.” Director John Brennan, in a June 30 statement,...

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