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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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GAO Gets More Transparent By Publishing List of Restricted Reports

October 19, 2015 Congress’ watchdog agency has made public for the first time an online list of the titles of its reports—primarily intelligence community-related—that are restricted and can be released only by special arrangement with lawmakers and their staff. “The following products have been determined to contain either classified information or controlled unclassified...

SBA Watchdog Warns of IT Security Risks, Poor Data in Contracting Goals

October 19, 2015 The Small Business Administration has made solid headway in addressing most of its 10 major management and performance challenges, but took a step backward on information technology security, its inspector general reported. SBA also falls short in verifying data and toughening enforcement to curb the number of large companies that...

Navy Shows Progress Toward Clean Books

October 16, 2015 The Pentagon’s quest for auditability overall has been a story with a shortage of good news. But the Navy has weighed in as a bright spot on the horizon. The Navy’s audit procedures controlling $2.25 billion in military pay during a selected period in April 2013 produced sufficient and accurate...

Presidential Hopeful Kasich Would Downsize Transportation and Education Departments

October 16, 2015 John Kasich, the popular Republican governor of the swing state of Ohio whose presidential campaign remains mired in single-digit polling numbers, took aim at the Transportation and Education departments in an op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post. “Americans don’t need a costly federal highway bureaucracy,” he wrote in an...

Temporary 'Bridge Contracts' Risk Overpayments

October 15, 2015 Temporary extensions of contracts without competitive bids, a common practice at many large agencies, may waste money and misallocate staff time if the government doesn’t come up with a precise definition for the process, a watchdog found. So-called “bridge contracts” are not defined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Government...

GSA Can Improve Measures for Curbing Costly Property Leases, GAO Says

October 15, 2015 In its continuing efforts to freeze and eventually shrink “the federal footprint,” the General Services Administration too often resorts to extending costly leases on buildings that house federal agencies, in part because it lacks meaningful performance goals, a watchdog found. From 2012 through 2014, leases in holdover or extension status...

OMB and GSA Tout Progress in Federal Agencies ‘Buying as One’

October 15, 2015 In the 10 months since the White House procurement policy chief announced a new push to consolidate contracts, the government as a whole has taken seven key steps in pursuit of category management, officials said on Wednesday. “The more we work together to leverage our buying power, drive more consistent...

Customs and Border Protection Official Not Guilty of Prohibited Hiring

October 14, 2015 After four years of investigation and judicial hearings, a Customs and Border Protection human resources executive has been exonerated from charges that she participated in a team effort by employees to bypass civil service competitive hiring procedures to convert into career jobs three Schedule C political employees who were alumni...

TSA Chief Notes Progress After January’s Passenger Screening Debacle

October 13, 2015 Nine months after embarrassing revelations that federal airport screeners in a covert test had missed 95 percent of illegal passenger objects, the Transportation Security Administration has “begun the process of critical self-evaluation” under new leadership that could lead to a needed change in culture, a watchdog told lawmakers. Homeland Security...

Study: Agencies Flout Environmental Rules More than Private Firms

October 13, 2015 Government-owned power plants, hospitals and water utilities fall short in complying with federal environmental laws more often than similar private-sector entities, an academic study found. Publicly owned facilities are less likely to face fines or other sanctions for violations than are those owned and run by private firms, according to...