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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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Intel Community Ups Fees for Newly Declassified Documents

March 1, 2016 Researchers seeking newly declassified intelligence community documents will pay higher fees beginning in late April, according to a direct final rule published Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Under the Mandatory Declassification Review provisions of 2009 presidential Executive Order 13526, agencies must respond to the public’s...

Contractors Group Picks Ex-Pentagon Logistics Exec as Chief

March 1, 2016 The 400-member Professional Services Council on Tuesday announced that it has selected David Berteau, onetime assistant secretary of Defense for logistics and materiel readiness, as its new president. Effective March 28, Berteau will replace Stan Soloway, another Pentagon veteran who left the contractors group in December after 15 years to...

House Approves Bill to Smooth Presidential Transition

March 1, 2016 A bipartisan bill intended to take the politics out of presidential transitions was given approval by the House on Monday night by voice vote. The Edward “Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act (S 1172), which cleared the Senate last July, aims to help future presidential candidates navigate...

OMB Prepares to Ratchet Up Enterprise Risk Management

February 29, 2016 For more than a year, the Office of Management and Budget has been readying an update of the seminal Circular A-123, which provides guidance on agency internal financial controls. Expected in April, the new version will likely impose new requirements that agencies formalize the discipline known as enterprise risk management....

The National Archives' Unique Role in Resolving the Clinton Email Case

February 29, 2016 With the State Department set to release the final batch of Hillary Clinton emails on Monday, the agency charged with enforcing federal records management policy is continuing its own probe of the matter. The National Archives and Records Administration included Clinton’s case on its annual listing of “alleged unauthorized disposition...

House Science Chairman Pressures NOAA Anew on Climate Change Study

February 26, 2016 Though some in the scientific community thought he was backing off, House Science panel Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, this week stepped up his demands that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration locate and hand over more documents relating to a controversial 2015 climate change study. In a Feb. 22...

GAO Details Weaknesses in Governmentwide Quest for Clean Books

February 26, 2016 Despite two decades of progress on financial management, the government as a whole “urgently” needs to improve, the Government Accountability Office said on Thursday. In publishing its consolidated financial statements for fiscal 2014 and 2015, Congress’ watchdog reported that “certain material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting and other...

Whistleblower Persuades Navy to Correct Risky Jet Fuel Waste

February 25, 2016 Disclosures from a Marine Corps maintenance control coordinator at a North Carolina jet fueling facility prompted the Navy to correct unsafe, unauthorized and wasteful fuel disposal practices, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Wednesday. Glenn Schwarz, stationed at the Fleet Readiness Center East Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry...

Senator Makes Good on Vow to Block OPM Nominee

February 25, 2016 Sen. David Vitter on Thursday made good on an earlier threat to place a hold on President Obama’s nomination of Beth Cobert to move from acting to permanent status as director of the Office of Personnel Management. “Time for OPM to Fess Up on Washington’s Obamacare Exemption,” Vitter proclaimed in...

GSA Tech Swat Team Expands to Offer Help on Agency State and Local Grants

February 24, 2016 A team of digital gurus at the General Services Administration will expand its consulting and acquisition services to federal agency programs helping states and localities, GSA announced on Tuesday. The 18F mobile squad will partner with agencies providing grants to state and local programs to offer “best practices of human-centered,...