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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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SBA Shrugs Off Report That House Majority Leader's In-Law May Have Misused Small Business Contracts

October 15, 2018 The program for contractor set-asides to boost Native American small businesses may have been misused by the brother-in-law of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., according to a Los Angeles Times investigation published on Sunday. McCarthy himself is not accused of involvement in the arrangement dating back to 1998, when...

Watchdog Faults FBI Staff for Mishandling Secret Report on U.K. Terrorist Attack

October 15, 2018 An inspector general’s detailed review of emails faulted three FBI employees and a staff member for misrouting classified information relating to the May 2017 terrorist bombing of a concert in Manchester, England, given by singer Ariana Grande. The watchdog launched the probe after a tip from the FBI that someone...

Democratic Lawmakers Challenge State Department Same-Sex Visa Limits

October 12, 2018 Adjustments to visa policy for same-sex foreign diplomats enacted by the State Department late last month have drawn fire from 20 Democratic senators and some 119 House members. The new policy of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would deny, with some exceptions depending on country or origin, diplomatic (G-4) visas...

Agencies Backslide in Fight Against Jargon, Amid High Staff Turnover

October 12, 2018 Despite innovative efforts by government wordsmiths and designers, agency grades in jargon-free communications dropped from a B average to a C last year, according to the 2018 report card released on Friday by the nonprofit Center for Plain Language. One possible reason: high turnover during the past three years in...

Hope for Reforming Government in Polarized Times?

October 11, 2018 President Trump’s point person for government reform—the busier-than-ever Margaret Weichert—acknowledged earlier this week that she is “standing on the shoulders of giants.” During a week packed with speeches and duties for her new part-time role as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, Weichert on Wednesday appeared with three...

EPA Search for Pruitt-Cited Climate Studies Comes Up Dry

October 11, 2018 Nineteen months after it received a nonprofit’s Freedom of Information Act request, the Environmental Protection Agency has responded with a small batch of documents that seem to undercut former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s hint of internal agency studies concluding that scientists are undecided about the human impact on climate change. Documents...

Defense Contractor That Posed As Small Business Forfeits $7.8 Million

October 11, 2018 A company that rents tents and other outdoor structures for events agreed to pay the government $7.8 million to settle charges that it wrongly won Defense Department set-aside contracts reserved for small businesses. Arena Americas, which does business from multiple locations as Arena Event Services, settled after a False Claims...

Acting Federal Personnel Chief Plans to Demand More Data

October 10, 2018 Speaking 24-hours after her first day as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, Margaret Weichert on Wednesday said she will be looking for “a ton of data” on recruiting people with 21st-century skill sets and for improving “general management activities.” Weichert—whose day job remains deputy director of management...

Accounting Authority Finalizes Policy for Withholding Classified Budget Numbers

October 9, 2018 It’s final. The Pentagon and other agencies whose programs draw from highly classified budgets may withhold certain numbers from standard-format financial statements, an accounting authority announced last week. Following months of controversy and consultation with affected parties, the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board implemented a final version of a statement...

IRS Rebrands Obama-Era 'Future State' Efficiency Reorganization

October 9, 2018 Like many presidential administrations, the Trump team’s political appointees prefer to put their own mark on inherited efficiency improvement efforts. The managers at the Internal Revenue Service are no exception. The tax agency’s plan for “Future State,” launched in 2014 under then-Commissioner John Koskinen to polish up customer service and...