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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IG Says the Pentagon's Estimates of Improper Payments Are Unreliable

May 14, 2015 Top financial managers at the Defense Department made a solid effort to comply with the law designed to curb improper payments, an inspector general found, but the IG said estimated error rates are unreliable because too few expenditures were reviewed. In an audit released Tuesday, the Pentagon watchdog said the...

Republican Senator Pressures Agencies on Regulatory Review

May 14, 2015 In his new role as chairman of a regulation subcommittee, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Wednesday launched an effort to pressure agencies to explain their priorities and progress in fulfilling President Obama’s mandate that they review existing regulations that might be dated, too costly or burdensome. In a letter to...

Obama Management Chief: Senior Execs Must Set Tone for Better Performance

May 14, 2015 The Obama administration has shrunk the agency real property footprint by 20 million square feet, “or the equivalent of three and a half Pentagons,” in the words of Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. Cobert cited that as one reason she is “excited”...

Social Security’s Acting Chief Pushes Long-Term Vision

May 13, 2015 The word “acting” attached to her title has not deterred Social Security Administration Commissioner Carolyn Colvin from taking the long view. On April 27, she and her team released a 10-year service delivery plan titled Vision 2025 that—after capturing input from employees, Congress and Social Security beneficiaries—will set the nearly...

The Odds of Getting Off GAO’s High-Risk List Aren’t Good

May 12, 2015 The dreaded list of high-risk programs published by the Government Accountability Office was characterized on Tuesday as “an opportunity for annual pillorying before Congress,” as “a full employment act for 60 Minutes producers,” and in several riffs on the Eagles’ hit song “Hotel California”—the one you can never leave. A...

A Top Spook Reunion, Of Sorts

May 12, 2015 It’s not every day that 10 former CIA directors and 10 former deputies get together. But when The New York Times recently saw fit to publish the names of three agency covert operatives, the old-boy network went into action. In a letter to the editor published Tuesday, they expressed displeasure...

VA Psychiatrist Wins Settlement After Complaints About Openness as Lesbian

May 12, 2015 This story has been updated. The Veterans Affairs Department has backed down from a stance that its mental health providers who are gay or lesbian should conceal that fact from patients. In a settlement announced Tuesday by the Office of Special Counsel, Dr. Patricia Kinne, a psychiatrist who was working...

Reformers Gear Up to Smooth the Next Presidential Transition

May 11, 2015 With presidential candidates already crowding the campaign trail, it can hardly be too early for good-government groups and lawmakers to prepare to work with the eventual nominees from both parties to help assure some continuity of management during the 2016 post-election transition. On Monday, the nonprofit National Academy of Public...

SBA Tops Off Small Business Week with Outreach to Women Contractors

May 11, 2015 With Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet inexplicably detained, her deputy-designate stepped up on Monday to tell an audience of women-owned small business contractors that they are “central to what the SBA and the Obama administration are trying to do” to promote a 21st century economy built on diversity and innovation....

Transparency Groups Pressure Senators to Mark Defense Bill in Public

May 8, 2015 With the eyes of the national security community soon to train on the Senate Armed Services Committee, a coalition of 60 good-government groups is mobilizing a phone blitz for Monday to pressure senators to vote to hold a public markup of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The “Open...

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