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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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Ellsberg: Whistleblowers Needed to Expose 'Cost and Consequences' of Obama's ISIS Plan

September 18, 2014 Among the many critics of President Obama’s evolving strategy for confronting the terror group ISIS is one of history’s most famous whistleblowers, Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame. “Whistleblower was not a common term” in the early 1970s at the height of national tensions over the Vietnam war, Ellsberg told ...

IRS Chief Rebuts Claim of Governmentwide Email Backup

September 18, 2014 Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday responded for the first time to assertions by a legal nonprofit that missing emails relating to the political targeting controversy at the tax agency exist on a governmentwide backup system. His conclusion: There is no such governmentwide email trove, and confusing media ...

Watchdogs Would Gain Subpoena Power Under House Bill

September 18, 2014 This story has been updated to include comment from Sen. Tom Carper. Following a series of hearings on alleged agency stonewalling of inspectors general, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday approved a bipartisan bill to expand watchdogs’ subpoena power and streamline ethics probes by the IG council. The ...

Republican House Keeps IRS in its Crosshairs

September 17, 2014 Racing through the final days in an election-year session, House Republicans on Tuesday night used a voice vote to approve a spate of bills related to the ongoing controversy over alleged political bias at the Internal Revenue Service. “The American people demand a higher ethical standard from public servants in ...

OMB Points to Progress on Security Clearance Reform

September 17, 2014 The first anniversary of the 12 murders at the Washington Navy Yard prompted President Obama’s management specialist to highlight multi-agency progress in tightening the security clearance process. Beth Cobert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a Tuesday blog that “over the past ...

Afghanistan's Reconstruction Future Looks Very Bleak, IG Warns

September 16, 2014 Though the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan is winding down, agencies still have $16 billion in the pipeline that will be spent on infrastructure and local military capabilities for years to come, a watchdog warned. Hence agencies such as the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development had ...

Afghanistan IG Warns Agencies Should Brace for More Scrutiny

September 16, 2014 Though the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan is winding down, agencies still have $16 billion in the pipeline that will be spent on infrastructure and local military capabilities for years to come, a watchdog warned. Hence agencies such as the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development had ...

Patent Office Confirms Concerns Over Telework Fraud

September 15, 2014 The Patent and Trademark Office acknowledged there may be something to the allegations that many of its teleworking examiners are filing fraudulent time sheets, according to a Washington Post report. Following a briefing Friday by agency executives with staff on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Patent Office chief ...

Highway Safety Board Found to Be Slow, Timid

September 15, 2014 The government’s top auto-safety regulator found itself in the bull’s eye of a lengthy New York Times investigative piece published Sunday night. Three Times reporters’ analysis of thousands of consumer complaints and a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s popular safety rating system found the agency “has a ...

Will Firing One Background Check Contractor Fix the Broken Security Clearance System?

September 15, 2014 On Sept. 9, Sen. Jon Tester hailed the breaking story that Falls Church, Va.-based USIS, the controversial provider of background checks for security clearances, was losing its contracts with the Office of Personnel Management. “This news is a welcome sign that the federal government is finally beginning to hold contractors ...