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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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Watchdog Reopens Secret Service Probe as Chaffetz Tars Director

October 5, 2015 The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general on Monday announced that he has reopened a recently completed investigation that revealed that dozens of Secret Service employees had illegally accessed the personnel file of onetime job applicant Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. DHS watchdog...

Top Obama Aide Recalls Tensions of 2008 Presidential Transition

October 1, 2015 Best practices for running a change in administrations are frustratingly vague. Hence the Obama White House planners, after Election Day 2012, found themselves mulling whether protocol required them to seek the resignations of Obama’s entire Cabinet. Then they realized, according to then-Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu, that they had all gleaned...

Obama Again Found Lacking in Open Government Efforts

October 1, 2015 President Obama has still not lived up to his 2009 promise to run the most transparent administration in history, according to a new report card from 16 open-government advocacy groups. They said federal agencies are falling short of their potential in easing public access to sometimes-sensitive documents, “despite commendable efforts...

Ex-Im Bank Wins Another Reprieve

September 30, 2015 The embattled Export-Import Bank of the United States would get a stay-of-execution under the continuing resolution expected to clear Congress before the midnight Wednesday deadline, a bank spokesman, Lawton King, told Government Executive. Many Republicans oppose the lending agency as corporate welfare, and the spending bill released June 2 by...

Obama Officials Defend Fair Pay Rule Against ‘Blacklist’ Charges

September 29, 2015 Facing a barrage of criticism stemming from President Obama’s fair pay, safe workplace executive order, White House and Labor Department officials on Tuesday appeared at a House subcommittee hearing to defend the plan against industry charges that it would “blacklist” innocent contractors and stifle small business competition through burdensome record-keeping....

IRS Gave Executive Bonuses Totaling $6 Million Over Five Years

September 29, 2015 During five years spent under steady fire from Republicans in Congress, the Internal Revenue Service gave out 1,269 performance awards and retention incentives to 351 Office of Chief Counsel executive managers worth a total of $5.97 million, according to new numbers released to the publisher Tax Analysts under the Freedom...

Senators Push to Broaden Inspector General Access to Documents

September 28, 2015 In a challenge to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, a bipartisan group of a dozen senators introduced legislative language to widen inspectors general access to agency documents that under current policy are protected due to privacy concerns. Inspectors general for years have complained that agencies—among them the FBI—have...

Historic Effort to Track Stimulus Spending Wraps Up

September 28, 2015 On Sept. 21, Internet access was halted at the high-security Recovery Operations Center — the government’s most groundbreaking anti-fraud unit — housed in the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board offices, kitty-corner to the White House. The board, set up in April 2009 to track itemized spending of what became an...

GSA Steers Pentagon to $1 Billion Contract to Track Global Threats

September 25, 2015 The Defense Department will gain support for its operations to monitor and mitigate worldwide threats under a new services contract with Booz Allen Hamilton, the General Services Administration announced on Thursday. The $937 million award is the largest to date under GSA’s OASIS flexible strategic sourcing program focused on integrated...

Agencies Report Low Budgets and Staff for Online Privacy Protection

September 24, 2015 As the damage toll grows from this year’s breach of federal personnel data, a new survey shows federal managers reporting low budgets and short-staffing as they focus more than the private sector on compliance with procedures for preventing data loss. Agency employees in 70 percent of government programs cited insufficient...