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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Pentagon's Afghanistan Unit Spent $150 Million on Luxury Villas and Guards

December 3, 2015 A Defense Department task force working to develop war-torn Afghanistan spent $150 million, or 20 percent of its budget, on luxurious housing and private security guards rather than housing employees at military installations, a watchdog found. The revelation from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction came in a Nov....

Lawmaker Adjusts Climate Change Subpoena Demands on NOAA

December 2, 2015 Tacking a bit in his battle with the executive branch over climate change, House Science panel Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, on Tuesday redirected some of the demands in the subpoena he sent to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker seeking internal emails from scientists preparing a controversial study of global temperature change....

Watchdog Vindicates Whistleblowers Who Warned Navy Yard Was Not Secure

December 2, 2015 The White House and Congress on Tuesday received confirmation that two whistleblowers working at the Washington Navy Yard before the deadly shootings in September 2013 had warned of weaknesses in the facility’s security procedures but weren’t taken seriously. The Office of Special Counsel, which released the declassified and redacted report...

Contractor Who Delivered Faulty Weapon Sights Pays $25M

December 1, 2015 An Ann Arbor, Mich.-based weapons contractor agreed to pay the government $25 million last month for having knowingly delivered flawed holographic rifle sights to the FBI and the Defense and Homeland Security departments. EOTech, according to the government’s complaint released Monday by the Defense Department inspector general, knew during seven...

IRS Whistleblower Program Makes Money But May Be Underfunded

December 1, 2015 This story has been updated. Stepped-up reliance on private-sector whistleblowers has helped the Internal Revenue Service bring in $2 billion to the Treasury from tax cheats over the past five years, a watchdog said. But budget cuts and poor communication have prevented the agency from doing even more to reduce...

Senator Mocks Federal Funds Spent on Solar-Powered Brewery, Silent Shakespeare Plays

November 30, 2015 Questionable federal spending--on silent Shakespeare plays, solar-paneled breweries and highly localized music documentaries--came under attack in a compilation released on Monday by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. Taking over the “Wastebook” published for years by his Oklahoma Republican predecessor Tom Coburn, Lankford’s new inventory of fodder for headlines employs a football...

How a Digital Swat Team Drove Home Obama’s College Scorecard

November 25, 2015 Some problems call for technical wizardry, others demand policy choices that prompt never-ending debate. This September, the Obama administration released its much-anticipated college scorecard, an ambitious effort to present data to help students pick a school that’s worth their money. For nearly three years, the initiative had bogged down over...

IRS Should Rethink How It Audits the Rich, Watchdog says

November 24, 2015 Though the wealthy provide the lion’s share of tax revenues, they also have greater opportunity to underpay by using complex schemes. While the Internal Revenue Service in recent years has improved its efforts to audit high-income earners, an inspector general says the agency needs to improve the quality of those...

GSA Has a Message for Mayors: Let’s Work Together

November 24, 2015 The government’s landlord would like to double as your local government’s partner in growth. The General Services Administration last week launched an Economic Catalyst Initiative “to better align the agency’s building, leasing, and relocation plans with the economic development goals of local communities,” GSA announced. Fresh from a three-city tour...

NOAA Chief Spars with Lawmaker Over Climate Change Data

November 23, 2015 House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is showing no signs of letting up on his demand for internal scientific documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose administrator on Friday criticized his tactics and reiterated her offer of an alternative approach. Since July, Science, Space, and Technology Committee...

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