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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U.S. Halted Work on Half-Renovated Prison in Afghanistan

October 28, 2014 A five-year-old State Department effort to upgrade Afghanistan’s largest prison has been halted with only half the contracted work performed, a watchdog found. The Pol-i-Charkhi facility in Kabul Province -- designed in the early 1970s for 5,000 prisoners -- currently holds 7,400, according to a report by the Special Inspector...

Air Force General Misused Government Limo Privileges

October 28, 2014 The former deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office violated laws and regulations by using government cars and drivers for non-official Washington-area travel, the Defense Department inspector general determined. Maj. Gen. Susan Mashiko, who was also commander of the Air Force Space Command Element, misused a government vehicle “for travel...

Three Former Policy Czars Offer Advice for Ebola Point Man Ron Klain

October 28, 2014 Whether or not President Obama erred in tapping a Beltway political operative as his “Ebola czar,” Ron Klain is off and running in the post, leaving others to speculate on his prospects for success in addressing the highly fluid public health threat. The kibitzers on the new czar have a...

A Mixed Verdict on Customer Service at Five Agencies

October 27, 2014 With customer service now an Obama administration cross-agency priority goal, managers need to improve their use of performance measures well as their public presentation of customer service standards, according to the Government Accountability Office. The auditors’ mixed verdict on compliance with the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act covered...

Ebola Specialists Think Globally, Congress Thinks Domestically

October 24, 2014 With President Obama’s new Ebola czar invited but absent, a House oversight panel on Friday quizzed officials battling the virus on ways to reassure the American public of agency competence. But the committee elicited mostly a consensus among experts that the highest priority is containing the disease in West Africa....

Army Mistreated Transgender Employee, Probe Shows

October 23, 2014 Three months after President Obama signed an order protecting federal employees and contractors from discrimination based on their sexual identity and sexual orientation, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Thursday that it had obtained “corrective action” by the Army for the service’s discrimination against a transgender civilian employee. In...

USAID Watchdog Softened Audits, Whistleblowers Tell Post

October 23, 2014 The inspector general for the U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday issued a low-key statement tacitly acknowledging an expose on the front page of The Washington Post showing a pattern of top watchdogs softening criticism in audits of overseas aid programs. The Post story by Scott Higham and Steven...

History of Management Missteps Contributes to CDC’s Credibility Gap

October 23, 2014 When Dr. Tom Frieden admitted on Oct. 14 that the government’s point agency battling the Ebola threat “could have been more hands-on with the hospital [that handled the first case of the deadly virus in the United States] from Day 1,” it was a wrenching admission for the director of...

Lifesize Foosball Game, Swedish Massages for Rabbits Make Coburn's Final 'Wastebook'

October 22, 2014 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Wednesday released his final “Wastebook” before he retires, featuring $25 billion in alleged federal misspending on 100 items ranging from studies of gambling by monkeys to the Coast Guard’s reported free patrols to keep party crashers away from posh private events on yachts and exclusive...

IRS Chief: Congressional Overseers May Have Gotten ‘A Little Carried Away’

October 22, 2014 Asked recently whether the Internal Revenue Service might be exonerated as the six running congressional investigations of potential political bias at the agency near an endpoint, Commissioner John Koskinen took a gentle jab at the level of energy lawmakers have devoted to the controversy over targeting of nonprofits. In an...

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