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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Crocker: U.S. Wingtips and Pumps, Not Boots, Might Have Helped Syria

December 16, 2014 Ryan Crocker, the retired U.S. diplomatic pointman with experience across the Near East, said the United States must continue engaging in crises-racked nations, even though “we lack strategic patience” and try too hard to transplant American ideas where they don’t take. Speaking Tuesday at the Stimson Center, the former ambassador...

Embattled CBO Director Defends Calculation of Economic Uncertainties

December 16, 2014 Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, whose term expires in January, put out a blog post on Monday seeking to clarify how his agency handles the inherent uncertainty of budget estimates and the economic impact of legislation. The piece comes as numerous conservative think tanks and free-market advocates are pressing...

Defense Bill Extends Disputed Small Business Program

December 15, 2014 The massive fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill that cleared Congress on Friday renews for three years an obscure small business program that some industry advocates and the Pentagon itself had argued should be terminated. Known as the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program, it was set up in 1990 to “determine...

FEMA Ups Its Game in Sussing Out Phony Aid Claims

December 15, 2014 New controls put in place following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have allowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to sharply reduce payments to individuals making fraudulent damage claims, a watchdog reported. In dispensing more than $1.4 billion to victims of the 2012 Hurricane Sandy, FEMA whittled its rate of potential improper...

Contractor CEO Pleads Guilty to 20-Year Fraud of USAID

December 15, 2014 A former CEO of a New Jersey-based construction contractor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the federal government during 20 years of cost-reimbursable contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Justice Department on Friday announced that Derish Wolff, the onetime president and board chairman of Morristown-based Louis...

FOIA Reform Probably Isn't Going to Happen This Congress

December 12, 2014 Transparency advocacy groups were heartened during this Congress' final week when several senators dropped opposition and the chamber passed a long-sought Freedom of Information Act Improvement Act. But by Friday, hopes were dimming as House members fresh off a nail-biter vote on passage of the major government funding bill began...

Pentagon Gets a Better Grip on Spending for Services Contracts

December 12, 2014 Defense Department managers in fiscal 2013 came in $500 million under spending limits on contract services required by the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, a watchdog found, an improvement over the previous year, when departmental caps were exceeded by $1.72 billion. But more precision and consistency in multi-year data are...

Ban on Executive Oil Portraits Extended in Spending Bill

December 11, 2014 Any agency head who had thoughts of commissioning a portrait artist would be thwarted under a provision of the massive “CRomnibus” spending bill on the verge of passage in Congress. As he did last January, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who was elected to the Senate in a runoff last Saturday,...

GSA Wants Agencies to Get Smarter About Charge Cards

December 11, 2014 Perhaps plastic is not the future, after all. The 265,000 active purchase cards used regularly across the government may give way to more efficient and economical payment tools under the “SmartPay3” program being pursued by the General Services Administration. In a request for information published Wednesday, GSA asked financial services...

Psychologists' $81M Torture Contract Exposes CIA's 'Remarkably Broad' Acquisition Authorities

December 10, 2014 Among many controversial CIA actions described in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s new report on the post-9/11 detention and interrogation program is the award of an $81 million multi-year contract to access advice on pain infliction from two psychologists. Identified under pseudonyms of Swigert and Dunbar, the two Air Force veterans...

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