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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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What the White House Hates About the Senate Defense Policy Bill

June 3, 2015 In a Tuesday statement threatening a veto of the Senate Defense authorization bill, the White House objected chiefly to off-budget war funding and the continuing of sequestration. But it also took aim at lawmakers’ plans to empower the military service chiefs in weapons acquisition and at smaller provisions affecting the...

Senators to Obama: Fill the Inspector General Vacancies

June 3, 2015 Nearly every recent scandal and lapse involving inspectors general was mentioned at a Wednesday Senate panel hearing as senators from both parties teamed with transparency advocates to push the White House to accelerate nominations to empty watchdog slots. The White House, however, sent no one to punch back, despite efforts...

White House Objects to Defense Bill Contracting Provision Empowering Service Chiefs

June 3, 2015 In a Tuesday statement threatening a veto of the Senate Defense authorization bill, the White House objected chiefly to off-budget war funding and the continuing of sequestration. But it also took aim at lawmakers’ plans to empower the military service chiefs in weapons acquisition and at smaller provisions affecting the...

Former Pentagon IG Official Probed for Destroying Documents

June 3, 2015 A current and former top official at the Defense Department’s inspector general office are the subjects of a court investigation of alleged destruction of key documents during the watchdog’s own probe of the whistleblower case of former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake. The IG officials are former acting inspector...

IRS Chief Says He Won’t Blame Data Breach on Budget Crunch

June 2, 2015 In the hot seat before a Senate panel probing the recent data breach of the Internal Revenue Service, Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday said the recent theft of personal identifying information of more than 100,000 taxpayers was not related to his agency’s budget crunch. “I don’t want everyone to think...

Acting TSA Chief Reassigned After IG Demonstrates Ease of Getting Weapons Past Screeners

June 2, 2015 Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the acting head of the Transportation Security Administration following a disturbing critique showing vulnerabilities in airport passenger screening. “Effective immediately, Melvin Carraway, the acting administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, will be reassigned to serve in the Office of State and Local...

Proposed ‘Fair Pay’ Rule Riles Federal Contractors

June 1, 2015 Nearly a year after President Obama signed an executive order requiring contractors to disclose labor law violations when they submit bids for federal work, a proposed rule and guidance on how companies should comply are drawing a thumbs-down from many in industry. Last week’s proposed rule from the Federal Acquisition...

Are Recusals Slowing Down SEC Decision-Making?

May 29, 2015 More indicators surfaced that critics may have had a point when they warned that Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White might be hampered in leading the agency because of her past Wall Street legal work. The New York Times business section on Friday gave details on the independent...

U.S. Efforts to Shore Up Afghan Economy Foundering, Watchdog Finds

May 29, 2015 The Defense Department’s business stability task force operating in war-torn Afghanistan has overlooked obstacles to a plan for a natural gas-powered automobile industry as well as commercial exploitation of the country’s vast underground wealth of minerals, an inspector general found. In a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter released Friday,...

House Republicans Demand Update on Lois Lerner Charges

May 29, 2015 Twenty-four Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday wrote to newly installed Attorney General Loretta Lynch seeking an update on prospects for criminal charges against former Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations chief Lois Lerner. Led by Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the lawmakers cited the April 9,...

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