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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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GSA strives to become the 'civilian DARPA'

October 12, 2012 As the General Services Administration moves beyond last spring’s scandal over lavish spending at a Las Vegas training conference, it is pursuing innovation in ways that could make it a “civilian [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency],” acting chief Dan Tangherlini said Thursday. “A huge amount of innovation comes from the ...

Feds are underpaid, former Obama economic adviser says

October 12, 2012 An underpaid federal workforce is one of many short-sighted legacies the nation risks passing to the next generation if it fails to spur the economy through long-term investments in infrastructure, economist Larry Summers said Thursday. “If the federal work force is underpaid, that will compromise our children as well,” the ...

Homeland Security IG disputes charge of wasteful spending

October 11, 2012 A transparency advocacy group’s report charging nine federal offices with wasteful spending on commemorative items mischaracterized $700,000 spent by the Homeland Security Department inspector general’s office, the IG said in a statement released Thursday. Cause of Action, a nonprofit watch group, recently published results of a study based on Freedom ...

Watchdog alerts troops in Afghanistan to new IED dangers

October 11, 2012 A watchdog has warned U.S. troops and commanders in Afghanistan of a heightened threat of attacks using improvised explosive devices as a result of inaccurate inspection reports by Afghan contractors. In an Oct. 10 safety alert sent to top Marine generals James Mattis and John Allen, Special Inspector General for ...

Democrats forecast sequestration’s toll on nondefense programs, jobs

October 10, 2012 With most of the warnings against automatic budget cuts focusing on defense, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a detailed projection of sequestration’s likely harm to domestic programs, including air traffic control and border protection. In an Oct. 9 Dear Colleague letter signed by Rep. Norman Dicks, ...

Agencies still buying iPods, yo-yos, coins and other swag

October 10, 2012 This story has been updated. Nine agency offices may have violated a presidential order by continuing to purchase promotional items such as coins, clothing and plaques, according to an investigation by the right-leaning nonprofit government accountability group Cause of Action. Using Freedom of Information Act requests and other public documents, ...

IRS names acting commissioner

October 10, 2012 The IRS announced Wednesday that Steven Miller would become the agency's acting commissioner after its current chief, Doug Shulman, steps down Nov. 9. Shulman's five-year term ends next month, and he had announced earlier this year that he did not want to be nominated to a second term. The appointment ...

Can civility save us from the fiscal cliff?

October 9, 2012 Though politicians “demagogue” budget issues and use fear to get reelected, a more civil approach to negotiations based on mutual respect and compromise could achieve debt reduction less painful than many have assumed, a pair of federal fiscal combat veterans said at a panel Tuesday. Alice Rivlin, the first director ...

Defenders of fusion centers hit back at Senate panel’s criticisms

October 9, 2012 Days after a Senate panel’s scathing critique of the Homeland Security Department’s state and local fusion centers, a chorus of defenders has emerged to rebut the report, among them legislators, law enforcement organizations and DHS itself. On Oct. 3, the Permanent Investigations Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental ...

Feds arrest 91 doctors, nurses and others for Medicare fraud

October 5, 2012 In another tandem operation targeting fraudulent health care billing schemes, the Justice and Health and Human Services departments have arrested 91 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals on charges of fraud totaling $430 million. The alleged crimes perpetrated in seven cities include more than $230 million in home health care ...