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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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Trump's Vision for Pennsylvania Avenue

May 28, 2014 More than a half-century after President Kennedy pressed for a renewal of a then-blighted Pennsylvania Avenue, another experienced presidential candidate is making his mark on Washington’s grand boulevard. Developer Donald Trump, who last year won a General Services Administration 60-year lease to renovate the historic Old Post Office, has offered ...

Justice Fires Back at Issa on Testimony Over IRS Probe

May 27, 2014 Tuesday, May 27, was the day the Justice Department was supposed to produce a key prosecutor to testify to staff on a House panel probing alleged political favoritism at the Internal Revenue Service. But that was according to a May 22 letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder by House ...

House Defense Bill Would Raise Small Business Contracting Goals

May 27, 2014 The defense policy bill that cleared the House May 22 is controversial for multiple reasons, most stemming from its rejection of many of the Obama administration’s cost-cutting proposals in troop compensation, military bases and weapons systems. But deep inside the 700-plus page National Defense Authorization Act are also provisions to ...

Obama Touts OMB and HUD Nominees as ‘Proven' Leaders, Managers

May 23, 2014 The White House on Friday officially announced the nominations of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to take over as Office of Management and Budget director and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to lead HUD. News of the likely nominations broke last weekend. President Obama praised Donovan for his ...

Army Contracting Command Failed to Spot $100M in Overbilling

May 20, 2014 Two major contractors working on an Army counter-narco-terrorism project used unqualified labor and overbilled the government by nearly $100 million, according to a leaked version of a Pentagon inspector general report. Prime contractor Northrop Grumman and subcontractor DynCorp overcharged the government anywhere from $91 million to $123 million from 2007 ...

GSA Awards Professional Services Contracts to 74 Companies

May 20, 2014 The General Services Administration took a key step in its effort to harmonize agency services contracts with its announcement Monday that it has given awards to 74 companies under its vehicle called One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, or OASIS. As a family of contracts developed by GSA to streamline ...

GSA Acquisition Officer Bound for White House Role

May 19, 2014 After two months of press and industry speculation, the General Services Administration has announced that its top acquisition policy officer will become a senior adviser at the White House, possibly a step toward filling the vacant post of administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini, ...

Wanted: A Job Series for GPRA Specialists

May 16, 2014 An Energy Department official responsible for performance improvement at her agency recently bemoaned how tough it is to recruit a certain type of federal executive. She meant those with up-to-date experience in the priority goals and metrics vocabulary of performance management required under the 2010 Government Performance and Results Act. ...

Air Force Behind on Improvements to F-22 Fighter, Auditors Find

May 16, 2014 The Air Force’s quarter-century-old F-22 tactical aircraft is being modernized satisfactorily, but the concurrent program to improve its capabilities is falling short because it lacks its own cost baseline, the Government Accountability Office said on Thursday. The stealthy, highly maneuverable plane with advanced avionics and supersonic speed -- which cost ...

Issa Issues Yet Another Subpoena to Secretary of State Kerry on Benghazi

May 15, 2014 This story has been updated. In the latest twist in congressional overseers’ campaign to investigate the 2012 Benghazi tragedy, a key House chairman on Thursday issued a new subpoena to Secretary of State John Kerry, the fourth in a series and one that would require his appearance before the House ...