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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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SBA misapplying policy on sole-source contracts, GAO says

December 13, 2012 The Small Business Administration lacks a process for assuring that agencies provide sufficient justification for awarding sole-source contracts to SBA-preferred contractors, the Government Accountability Office reported Wednesday. Auditors reviewed 72 sole-source contracts worth $20 million or more in the 8(a) program designed to benefit Alaska native corporations since 2009. Under ...

Justice Department grantees lag in stimulus funds reporting

December 13, 2012 Recipients of Recovery Act funds who failed to file a mandatory quarterly spending report were posted Wednesday on a “wall of shame” on the website updated by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. Continuing an earlier pattern, grantees serviced by the Justice Department had the poorest compliance rate, according to ...

Senator fears agencies are missing out on food contractor rebates

December 12, 2012 The government’s inconsistent and opaque policies for administering contracts for food services have produced overpayments of millions of dollars, a senator charged Wednesday. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, released a letter she sent to acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients urging review ...

Senators press Army to step up contractor suspensions

December 11, 2012 The Army is taking too long to suspend and debar unethical contractors working in Afghanistan, heightening the risk that funds could flow to terrorist groups, a group of senators has charged. Led by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Contracting Oversight Subcommittee, the ...

Afghans sit on basic tools to fight money laundering

December 11, 2012 As U.S. troops prepare to vacate war-torn Afghanistan, security specialists’ efforts to track cash movements out of Kabul International Airport have stalled, according to a report released Tuesday. John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said bulk currency-counting machines that the State and Homeland Security departments have placed at ...

Senate endorses provision pressuring Pentagon to clean up its books

December 10, 2012 Inside the Defense authorization bill now headed for House-Senate conference negotiations is an amendment to pressure the Pentagon to step up its ongoing effort to produce its first auditable financial statements or to face the consequences. The Senate last Thursday approved provisions of the Audit the Pentagon Act (S. 3487) ...

U.S. superpower status projected for next 20 years

December 10, 2012 The national intelligence community’s consensus on global trends for the next 20 years asserts that no rival power will rise to challenge U.S. supremacy, but the era of an “American-dominated world stage” has passed, according to a report released Monday. The quadrennial effort by the National Intelligence Council, part of ...

Agencies keep too many documents classified, president told

December 7, 2012 Agencies charged with protecting national security are using a declassification system that is out of date and unable to keep up with the expanding volume of government documents, a presidentially appointed board has reported. The Public Interest Declassification Board, a group of military veterans, former officials and academics set up ...

Defense IG was ‘flawed’ in criticism of audit agency, official says

December 7, 2012 The Pentagon inspector general’s recent negative report on the revamped auditing priorities of the Defense Contract Audit Agency has prompted a fresh rebuttal from a senior Defense official familiar with DCAA. Last month, the IG reported that DCAA’s two-year-old effort to review fewer contracts and focus on high-dollar returns had ...

OMB touts 'historic' $20 billion in contracting savings

December 6, 2012 Agency spending on goods and services contracts fell by $20 billion during the past year, the Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday. Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan ascribed this “historic” savings level to “a concerted and collaborative effort by all federal agencies.” The downward trend in ...