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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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Obama Nominates a Pentagon Inspector General

June 24, 2013 President Obama has named an experienced auditor to fill the vacant Pentagon inspector general’s position with his choice of Jon Rymer, currently the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's IG. Rymer, who has been at the FDIC for seven years, previously served as interim IG for the Securities and Exchange Commission. His ...

Looser Rules on Airline Passenger Electronics May Take Flight

June 21, 2013 The Federal Aviation Administration early this fall is expected to receive a long-awaited advisory board report recommending that the government ease the unpopular safety requirement that all airline passengers turn off their personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. As reported in a front-page Wall Street Journal story on Friday, ...

A Better-Prepped FBI Director?

June 20, 2013 Conservative lawmakers and media outlets took notice on June 13 when departing FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared to muff an answer to a question on progress the bureau might be making in investigating the Internal Revenue Service for mishandling applications from largely conservative nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status. In a repartee ...

Federal Contractors Failing to Pay Afghan Subcontractors, IG Finds

June 20, 2013 U.S. contractors in war-torn Afghanistan have repeatedly failed to pay their subcontractors, prompting strikes, work stoppages and death threats at a time when U.S. forces are preparing to withdraw, a key inspector general warned on Thursday. In an alert letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ...

Paying Contractors No More Than Biden Makes Could Save $440M a Year

June 20, 2013 A fresh estimate of how much the Defense Department shells out to reimburse major contractors for their executive salaries has revived an ongoing debate and prompted reintroduction of legislation to cap the compensation at the level of the vice president’s salary. The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday released results of ...

Pentagon Financial Execs in Uncharted Waters, Survey Shows

June 19, 2013 Budget uncertainty, low morale and obstacles to audit readiness are combining to confront Defense Department financial executives with an unprecedented storm of challenges, according to a survey released on Wednesday. Ninety-four percent of the 1,006 respondents said the current environment of planned defense budget cuts and across-the-board cuts due to ...

Acting GSA Chief Impresses Senators As Agency’s Mr. Fix-It

June 18, 2013 After 14 months at the helm of the scandal-tarnished General Services Administration, Dan Tangherlini enjoyed a warm welcome from senators at his Tuesday confirmation hearing, delivering specifics on past and future cost savings in areas from conference planning, federal real estate and relationships with contractors. “From my first day on ...

Unions Slam Proposed Efficiency Board As ‘Offensive’ and ‘Unwise’

June 18, 2013 A proposed government transformation commission to overcome Congress’ budget stalemate so agencies could proceed to reduce inefficiencies and redundant programs is either “a chance for Congress to do something for the American people” or an “offensive” scheme to allow corporations to win more government contracts. Both views were on display ...

Hollywood Didn’t Get Undue Access for Bin Laden Film, Auditors Say

June 17, 2013 Allegations that the White House sought special access to the Defense Department for screenwriters planning a film on the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Ladin were found unsubstantiated in a Pentagon inspector general’s report released on Friday. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, ...

IRS Supervisor Clarifies Washington Role in Tax-Exempt Targeting

June 17, 2013 An Internal Revenue Service supervisor at the center of the tax-exempt applications process that erupted in political scandal in May has contradicted agency assertions that the mishandling was confined to an office in Cincinnati, but she offered no evidence that top IRS or Obama administration officials directed the added scrutiny. ...