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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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Can You Accept That Glass of Wine at a Contractor’s Holiday Party?

December 8, 2015 Using language with ever-finer hair-splitting, the Office of Government Ethics is using the holiday season as an opportunity to remind federal employees of nuanced rules on accepting gifts at work, while proposing an update and clarification of the guidance. In a Dec. 2 blogpost, OGE Director Walter M. Shaub, Jr....

Newly Reauthorized Export-Import Bank Will Get Ethics Office, Risk Manager

December 7, 2015 Export-Import Bank officials breathed a sigh of relief when President Obama on Friday signed the independent agency’s reauthorization after months of efforts by Republicans to abolish the bank as “corporate welfare.” But changes are in the works, among them the bill’s requirements that the bank establish an ethics office and...

Agency Energy Use Reduced to 40-Year Low

December 7, 2015 The federal government’s overall energy consumption has been cut to its lowest level since recordkeeping began in 1975, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced on Monday. The Defense Department demonstrated the most dramatic reductions, in large part due to trims in jet fuel consumption, the unit of the Energy Department...

2016 Presidential Transition Already Under Way, Think Tank Says

December 4, 2015 With surveys showing trust in government at record lows, it’s not too early to begin an orderly and nonpartisan transition to the next presidential administration and begin rebuilding faith in agencies, an array of experienced federal officials told a conference on Thursday. “The management issue is not usually the focus...

Highway Bill Forces Federal Union to Swallow Bitter Pills

December 4, 2015 The final version of the $305 billion highway bill that President Obama is expected to sign contains two provisions affecting agency staffing bitterly opposed by the National Treasury Employees Union and several travel industry groups. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act cleared by Congress on Thursday—which the Congressional Budget Office...

Pentagon Bought Itself $150M in Unnecessary Luxury Homes in Afghanistan, Watchdog Says

December 4, 2015 A Defense Department task force working to develop war-torn Afghanistan spent $150 million, or 20 percent of its budget, on luxurious housing and private security guards rather than housing employees at military installations, a watchdog found. The revelation from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction came in a Nov....

Ex-Pentagon Official Blasts Political Parties for 'Crisis' in Washington

December 3, 2015 Deploying rhetoric unusually charged for a think tank conference, former Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre on Thursday excoriated the Republican and Democratic parties for causing a “collapse in our political system” that risks becoming a crisis of government that discredits agencies in the public mind. “The Democrats are dying of...

Pentagon's Afghanistan Unit Spent $150 Million on Luxury Villas and Guards

December 3, 2015 A Defense Department task force working to develop war-torn Afghanistan spent $150 million, or 20 percent of its budget, on luxurious housing and private security guards rather than housing employees at military installations, a watchdog found. The revelation from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction came in a Nov....

Lawmaker Adjusts Climate Change Subpoena Demands on NOAA

December 2, 2015 Tacking a bit in his battle with the executive branch over climate change, House Science panel Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, on Tuesday redirected some of the demands in the subpoena he sent to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker seeking internal emails from scientists preparing a controversial study of global temperature change....

Watchdog Vindicates Whistleblowers Who Warned Navy Yard Was Not Secure

December 2, 2015 The White House and Congress on Tuesday received confirmation that two whistleblowers working at the Washington Navy Yard before the deadly shootings in September 2013 had warned of weaknesses in the facility’s security procedures but weren’t taken seriously. The Office of Special Counsel, which released the declassified and redacted report...