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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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Former GSA Chief Joins Tech Company Pushing Paperless Government

May 11, 2016 After just a year at a commercial real estate investment firm, former General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini is back in the government reform business—this time on the other side, selling the services of a technology startup. The veteran of the Treasury Department, the District of Columbia government and Washington’s...

Do Government's Foibles Turn off Millennials?

May 10, 2016 Older employees “live to work,” but Millennials “work to live,” said acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin at a panel discussion last week. “Young people are just not going to stay in the same positions, and we recognize that they have an outside life.” That’s why the Social Security Administration...

Medicare and Medicaid Improperly Paid Out $14.1 Billion

May 10, 2016 Unqualified claimants received as much as $14.1 billion in improper payments under the Medicare Advantage alternative insurance for seniors during 2014, in part because Health and Human Services Department specialists have not effectively selected providers for auditing, the Government Accountability Office found. In the latest watchdog probe into how agencies...

Conservative Transparency Group Sues 12 Agencies Alleging FOIA Obstruction

May 10, 2016 The right-leaning legal group Cause of Action on Monday filed a lawsuit against the White House counsel’s office and 11 other federal agencies charging the Obama administration with obstructing Freedom of Information Act requests. The group, which filed a similar suit in August 2014, said the administration misses deadlines under...

House Move to ‘Repurpose’ Overseas War Funding Is Risky, Critics Say

May 9, 2016 A maneuver by the House Armed Services Committee to “repurpose” funds for military operations overseas to pay for weapons systems and training is a likely bone of contention as Congress moves to consider the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill, H.R. 4904, cleared the House panel April 28...

Homeland Security Watchdog to Probe TSA Racial Profiling

May 9, 2016 The inspector general for the Homeland Security Department has opened an investigation of alleged racial profiling of Somalis at the Transportation Security Administration. The watchdog on Thursday announced that a TSA employee had complained via a hotline that “his supervisor advised him to treat members of the Somali community differently...

New Approach to Presidential Transition Officially Under Way

May 9, 2016 This story has been updated. Just ahead of the deadline six months before Election Day, President Obama on Friday signed an executive order establishing the framework for the coming presidential transition. The order is Obama’s first implementing the 2016 Edward “Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act, signed...

The Pentagon's Intel Chief Already Has Some Advice for the Next US President

May 9, 2016 With Congress revisiting how Pentagon units share authority under the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, the intelligence agencies under the next presidential administration should likewise review their own unity of effort to become more agile and able to integrate, the top Defense intelligence official said Thursday. “The integration of intelligence of the...

Pentagon Intel Chief Seeks Same Unity of Effort as Military Services

May 6, 2016 With Congress revisiting how Pentagon units share authority under the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, the intelligence agencies under the next presidential administration should likewise review their own unity of effort to become more agile and able to integrate, the top Defense intelligence official said Thursday. “The integration of intelligence of the...

VA Therapist’s Whistleblower Complaint Resolved Through Mediation

May 6, 2016 An addiction therapist at a Phoenix VA hospital has settled with the Veterans Affairs Department to resolve a whistleblower retaliation case through mediation, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Friday. Brandon Coleman had disclosed that the hospital was not complying with VA policy requirements on suicide watch for vulnerable...

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