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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New Benghazi Emails? Depends on What the Meaning of ‘New’ Is

October 20, 2015 To start the week that will bring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a high-profile hearing Thursday at the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., appeared on “Face the Nation” and spoke of new emails he’d extracted that were sent in 2011-2012 by the late Ambassador...

OPM Asked to End Forced Leave for Chemical Safety Board Officials

October 20, 2015 A private employee rights counsel on Tuesday asked the Office of Personnel Management to intervene and end the four-month-old administrative leave of the managing director of the Chemical Safety Board, calling his twice-extended leave “an abuse of the civil service merit system.” Jeff Ruch, executive director of the nonprofit Public...

Making DATA Act Real Means Working Nights and Weekends

October 20, 2015 Small Business Administration staff are working overtime to keep up progress on a pilot project to standardize spending data as required by the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. “In addition to everything we do, along with a new executive order or guidance from the Office of Management and Budget,...

GAO Gets More Transparent By Publishing List of Restricted Reports

October 19, 2015 Congress’ watchdog agency has made public for the first time an online list of the titles of its reports—primarily intelligence community-related—that are restricted and can be released only by special arrangement with lawmakers and their staff. “The following products have been determined to contain either classified information or controlled unclassified...

SBA Watchdog Warns of IT Security Risks, Poor Data in Contracting Goals

October 19, 2015 The Small Business Administration has made solid headway in addressing most of its 10 major management and performance challenges, but took a step backward on information technology security, its inspector general reported. SBA also falls short in verifying data and toughening enforcement to curb the number of large companies that...

Navy Shows Progress Toward Clean Books

October 16, 2015 The Pentagon’s quest for auditability overall has been a story with a shortage of good news. But the Navy has weighed in as a bright spot on the horizon. The Navy’s audit procedures controlling $2.25 billion in military pay during a selected period in April 2013 produced sufficient and accurate...

Presidential Hopeful Kasich Would Downsize Transportation and Education Departments

October 16, 2015 John Kasich, the popular Republican governor of the swing state of Ohio whose presidential campaign remains mired in single-digit polling numbers, took aim at the Transportation and Education departments in an op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post. “Americans don’t need a costly federal highway bureaucracy,” he wrote in an...

Temporary 'Bridge Contracts' Risk Overpayments

October 15, 2015 Temporary extensions of contracts without competitive bids, a common practice at many large agencies, may waste money and misallocate staff time if the government doesn’t come up with a precise definition for the process, a watchdog found. So-called “bridge contracts” are not defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Government...

GSA Can Improve Measures for Curbing Costly Property Leases, GAO Says

October 15, 2015 In its continuing efforts to freeze and eventually shrink “the federal footprint,” the General Services Administration too often resorts to extending costly leases on buildings that house federal agencies, in part because it lacks meaningful performance goals, a watchdog found. From 2012 through 2014, leases in holdover or extension status...

OMB and GSA Tout Progress in Federal Agencies ‘Buying as One’

October 15, 2015 In the 10 months since the White House procurement policy chief announced a new push to consolidate contracts, the government as a whole has taken seven key steps in pursuit of category management, officials said on Wednesday. “The more we work together to leverage our buying power, drive more consistent...

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