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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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Pentagon’s Sole-Source Contracts Continue to Dwindle, Says GAO

September 11, 2014 The Defense Department is doing its part to curb the number of sole-source contracts awarded without competition and is properly justifying—in most instances—their use to help develop small, disadvantaged businesses, an audit found. The Government Accountability Office’s Sept. 9 report to the House and Senate Armed Services committees evaluated sole-source...

Lawmaker Demands Answers on a Highly-Paid, Do-Nothing IRS Employee

September 11, 2014 A key House Ways and Means Committee member is demanding that the Internal Revenue Commissioner answer for newly uncovered evidence of a highly paid do-nothing employee at the tax agency. The attack is the latest in an ongoing critique by Republicans of the amounts of “official time” federal employees spend...

Veterans and the Environment Are Winners in Latest Agency Management Efforts

September 11, 2014 The Office of Management and Budget on Thursday announced that third-quarter data on intra-agency and cross-agency performance goals show “significant progress,” including a 33 percent decline in veterans homelessness since 2010. “By using a data-driven, implementation-focused approach, agencies are achieving significant gains in their respective missions to accelerate economic growth...

Can't Get Tickets to the White House Tour? Try This Instead.

September 10, 2014 Washingtonians and visitors will have a new museum option on Sept. 13 with the reopening of the newly refurbished White House Visitors Center. Inside the Malcolm Baldrige room of the Commerce Department Building on Pennsylvania Avenue are nearly 100 artifacts, many never before displayed, according to Stewart McLaurin, president of...

Are Federal Agencies Spending Millions to Stop IGs from Doing Their Jobs?

September 10, 2014 The independence and quality of inspectors general investigations are threatened by the refusals of three agencies to turn over sensitive documents sought by auditors, a House panel was told on Wednesday. Watchdogs for the Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency and the Peace Corps spoke to the House Oversight and Government...

OPM Terminates Controversial Background Check Contractor

September 10, 2014 After months of building pressure, the Office of Personnel Management announced it “is not exercising its option next year with USIS,” the controversial contractor that for years had performed the bulk of background checks for federal security clearances. “This determination was made by OPM’s contracting officials following a careful and...

If There’s a Pandemic, Homeland Security May be Scrambling

September 9, 2014 As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows worse, the Homeland Security Department is being faulted for mismanaging its supply of protective equipment and antiviral medical countermeasures, a watchdog found. DHS Inspector General John Roth warned in a report dated Aug. 26 and sent to Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro...

Senators May Attach Strings to Federal Surplus Programs for Local Police

September 9, 2014 Invoking images of 20-ton armored vehicles confronting unarmed protestors after last month’s police shooting of a black youth in Missouri, senators on Tuesday quizzed agency officials on tightening oversight of federal programs that transfer surplus equipment to local law enforcement and provide anti-crime grants under post 9/11 calculations. The result,...

HHS Chief Gets Behind One Cause Everyone Can Believe In

September 9, 2014 Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell won't have an easy time making friends on the other side of the political aisle. But on Monday, she did take up one cause that could well be bipartisan. "I’ve learned to have respect for every sector of our society and to...

Around Government

September 9, 2014 Bravery in the Bureaucracy Making the right decision isn’t the hard part, agency leaders say, it’s having the guts to follow through. By Charles S. Clark Newscaster Dan Rather was famous in the 1980s for signing off the evening news with a simple word: courage. He may have been onto...

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