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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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Centers for Disease Control Forced to Redo Some Math

February 22, 2016 Two federal health and safety agencies on Sunday night heard their names broadcast during a “60 Minutes” follow-up story on the dangers of formaldehyde poisoning from a household laminated flooring product made in China. A year ago, the CBS News Sunday magazine broke the story that Lumber Liquidators, one of...

Must Presidential Transitions End with Sabotaged White House Keyboards?

February 19, 2016 Among the array of nonprofits shepherding the 2016-2017 presidential transition, the White House Transition Project probably enjoys the best documentation and the most ongoing contact with veterans of past Washington changeovers. The nonpartisan project to smooth the presidential transition and the presidential appointments process --led by Towson University political scientist...

HHS Watchdog Is Able to Hire Again After Losing 200 Under Sequestration

February 18, 2016 The data-crunching team at the Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Office lost 200 employees under sequestration, but the push is on now to hire data analytics wizards from society’s growing population of “citizen data scientists.” During tight budgetary times, “It’s not gadgets that get squeezed, it’s the people,” said...

Obama Transparency Initiative Lacks Political Will, Advocates Say

February 17, 2016 The Obama administration’s commitment to improve transparency in government is flagging, according to a report released Wednesday by a coalition of 23 civil society advocacy groups. Of 16 goals set out in the U.S. government’s Second National Action Plan to do its part for the international Open Government Partnership, only...

State Department Staff Used Clinton’s 2008 Campaign Email for Official Business, Group Says

February 17, 2016 Aides to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the first Obama administration used an email account from her 2008 presidential campaign for government business, according to documents obtained by a conservative legal group. The Cause of Action Institute, which is representing the conservative website The Daily Caller in Freedom of...

Cobert Ineligible to Be Acting OPM Director, IG Says

February 17, 2016 This story has been updated with a comment from Sen. Ron Johnson. The acting director of the Office of Personnel Management is not actually eligible for the job, the agency’s departing inspector general has determined. Any decisions Beth Cobert made in her acting status since President Obama appointed her on...

Pentagon Rule Would Deepen Dialogue with Major Industry Contractors

February 16, 2016 Following through on its Better Buying Power procurement reforms, the Defense Department on Tuesday published a proposed rule that would require major contractors who seek reimbursements for their independent research and development to alert the Pentagon before committing. Under the proposed amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, contractors...

GAO Toots Its Own Horn, Sets Record for Returns on Taxpayers' Investments

February 16, 2016 The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office delivered to the government a record-high $74.7 billion in financial benefits in fiscal 2015, the watchdog reported in its annual self-assessment. GAO returned $134 for every dollar spent on its auditing staff of 3,000, and documented 1,286 improvements it influenced in agency programs and operational...

Air Force Told To Save Millions on Contractors’ Depot Labor

February 12, 2016 The Air Force has not effectively negotiated depot labor profit at its logistics complex at Robins Air Base in Georgia, the Defense Department watchdog concluded, missing an opportunity to cut contractor profit and fees by $9.6 million to $24.9 million. “Contracting officials did not adequately reduce or eliminate profit and...

Was the IRS Bullied Into Giving Karl Rove’s Group Tax-Exempt Status?

February 11, 2016 For more than two years, the loud dispute over whether the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative nonprofits included references to the pending application for tax-exempt status by the campaign group Crossroads GPS, founded by Kark Rove, a senior adviser to former President George W. Bush and longtime Republican strategist. This...