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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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Congress lightens GAO’s load

December 14, 2012 The Government Accountability Office will be relieved of some long-required audits and reviews now considered burdensome and low-impact under a bill the lame-duck House approved on Thursday. The GAO Mandates Revision Act (S 3315), which the Senate passed in September, was introduced by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and backed by ...

Bill to curb improper payments likely headed to president’s desk

December 14, 2012 The lame-duck House on Thursday approved by voice vote its version of a Senate-passed bill to beef up protections against government payments to ineligible people who claim retiree or disability payments. The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act (H.R. 4053) was introduced in 2011 by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., ...

OMB unveils upgrade to governmentwide performance website

December 14, 2012 The Obama administration’s pursuit of goal and data-based “smart management” passed a milestone on Friday as the Office of Management and Budget went live with an enhanced version of the interagency website performance.gov. The revised site “strengthens the government’s performance management with greater transparency, accountability and shared responsibility,” Shelley Metzenbaum, ...

Does it take an emergency to get federal agencies to work together?

December 13, 2012 The holy grail of reaching goals through interagency collaboration requires a new culture and visible leadership by political appointees, and is currently realized more often during government emergencies than in day-to-day federal work life. So asserted executives from the General Services Administration, the Office of Personnel Management and other Obama ...

SBA misapplying policy on sole-source contracts, GAO says

December 13, 2012 The Small Business Administration lacks a process for assuring that agencies provide sufficient justification for awarding sole-source contracts to SBA-preferred contractors, the Government Accountability Office reported Wednesday. Auditors reviewed 72 sole-source contracts worth $20 million or more in the 8(a) program designed to benefit Alaska native corporations since 2009. Under ...

Justice Department grantees lag in stimulus funds reporting

December 13, 2012 Recipients of Recovery Act funds who failed to file a mandatory quarterly spending report were posted Wednesday on a “wall of shame” on the website updated by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. Continuing an earlier pattern, grantees serviced by the Justice Department had the poorest compliance rate, according to ...

Senator fears agencies are missing out on food contractor rebates

December 12, 2012 The government’s inconsistent and opaque policies for administering contracts for food services have produced overpayments of millions of dollars, a senator charged Wednesday. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, released a letter she sent to acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients urging review ...

Senators press Army to step up contractor suspensions

December 11, 2012 The Army is taking too long to suspend and debar unethical contractors working in Afghanistan, heightening the risk that funds could flow to terrorist groups, a group of senators has charged. Led by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Contracting Oversight Subcommittee, the ...

Afghans sit on basic tools to fight money laundering

December 11, 2012 As U.S. troops prepare to vacate war-torn Afghanistan, security specialists’ efforts to track cash movements out of Kabul International Airport have stalled, according to a report released Tuesday. John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said bulk currency-counting machines that the State and Homeland Security departments have placed at ...

Senate endorses provision pressuring Pentagon to clean up its books

December 10, 2012 Inside the Defense authorization bill now headed for House-Senate conference negotiations is an amendment to pressure the Pentagon to step up its ongoing effort to produce its first auditable financial statements or to face the consequences. The Senate last Thursday approved provisions of the Audit the Pentagon Act (S. 3487) ...