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 Intel Chief Seeks Same Unity of Effort as Military Services

May 6, 2016 With Congress revisiting how Pentagon units share authority under the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, the intelligence agencies under the next presidential administration should likewise review their own unity of effort to become more agile and able to integrate, the top Defense intelligence official said Thursday. “The integration of intelligence of the...

VA Therapist’s Whistleblower Complaint Resolved Through Mediation

May 6, 2016 An addiction therapist at a Phoenix VA hospital has settled with the Veterans Affairs Department to resolve a whistleblower retaliation case through mediation, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Friday. Brandon Coleman had disclosed that the hospital was not complying with VA policy requirements on suicide watch for vulnerable...

Group Sues SBA, Says Government ‘Defrauded Small Businesses’

May 5, 2016 Just a week after the Small Business Administration celebrated record-breaking contract awards to small business owners eligible for government set-asides, a longtime critic filed suit in federal court for an injunction to force SBA to halt some of the practices used in measuring its success. The Petaluma, Calif.-based American Small...

Inspectors General Win a Round in Fight Over Access

May 5, 2016 A key agenda item for the government’s 72 inspectors general has long been widening their access to sensitive documents that some agencies withhold, for reasons ranging from national security to wiretapping records to the privacy of credit reports. In the past week, the watchdogs got encouraging news from a previously...

Key Senator Asks GAO to Look Into Office of Special Counsel

May 5, 2016 On the same day his Senate panel voted to approve President Obama’s nominee for a second term leading the Office of Special Counsel, a key Senate committee chairman wrote to the Government Accountability Office requesting an in-depth examination of that office’s procedures and oversight mechanisms. The re-nomination of Special Counsel...

Pentagon Close, But No Cigar, on Curbing Improper Payments

May 4, 2016 The Defense Department has made significant progress toward compliance with two laws’ requirements for reducing improper payments, but fell short in one category and cast doubt on the reliability of its financial data, a watchdog found. The department inspector general’s report on a fiscal 2015 audit by the controller and...

Whistleblowers Praised for Exposing Alleged Pentagon Contractor Fraud

May 4, 2016 Two firms contracting with the Pentagon’s massive Defense Transportation Coordination Initiative agreed to pay the government $13 million to settle allegations of overbilling exposed by two whistleblowers, the Justice Department and private attorneys announced Tuesday. The California-based companies Menlo Worldwide Services and Estes Forwarding Worldwide agreed to resolve a lawsuit...

IRS Finds the Money to Recruit 600 to 700 Enforcement Employees

May 4, 2016 The budget-crunched Internal Revenue Service has found the revenue to bring on 600 to 700 new employees to improve enforcement of tax laws, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday in a memo to staff. The expansion—first reported by The Wall Street Journal—“will be our first significant enforcement hiring in more than...

Singed by the Benghazi Dispute, This Ex-Fed Is Laying Low

May 3, 2016 When the House Select Committee on Benghazi releases its long-awaited “final report” this summer, one former State Department official may find himself again dragged into the public eye. Raymond Maxwell, who in 2012 was director of regional affairs at State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, went down as a bit...

How Government Leaders Have Handled Downsizing and Other Big Changes

May 3, 2016 Change in an agency’s culture “creates uncertainty, anxiety, fear and absolute resistance,” the head of the Government Publishing Office said during a panel discussion in Washington Tuesday. Few agencies have undergone a transformation like the GPO (formerly the Government Printing office) to cope with galloping improvements in technology and the...

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