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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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Small Businesses Win More Than 25% of Federal Contracts

April 29, 2016 In awarding $91 billion in small business contracts in fiscal 2015, agencies exceeded their mandatory goal and steered 25.75 percent to eligible small businesses—topping the target for the third straight year, the Small Business Administration reported on Thursday. Following a March preview announcing that agencies had set records for contracts...

Uncollected Taxes Now Total $458 Billion, IRS Estimates

April 29, 2016 The annual “tax gap”—the estimated difference between what taxpayers owe the government and what the Internal Revenue Service actually collects from them—rose to $458 billion, the tax agency said on Thursday. The latest in the agency’s periodic studies covers the tax years 2008-2010, and is a slight rise from the...

Veterans Affairs IG Failed to Fully Investigate Allegations of Data Manipulation

April 29, 2016 The Office of Inspector General at the Veterans Affairs Department failed to thoroughly investigate whistleblower allegations at Texas VA hospitals and clinics, the Office of Special Counsel said this week. In letters to Congress and the White House, the independent investigative agency said that in three cases involving alleged manipulation...

Senator Extends Flap Over Ash Carter Personal Email Use

April 28, 2016 The Defense Department’s efforts to answer lawmakers’ questions about Secretary Ash Carter’s admitted use of personal email for some official business last year have come up short, a Republican senator said on Thursday. Having received a response from the Pentagon to a list of queries he sent in February and...

HHS Secretary Links Zika Emergency to Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

April 28, 2016 Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Thursday added new urgency to the Obama administration’s calls for Congress to appropriate emergency funding to combat the Zika virus, linking Puerto Rico’s health struggles to the larger issue of its ongoing debt crisis. “We’re obviously very concerned about the economy in...

HHS Secretary Links Zika Emergency to Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

April 28, 2016 Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Thursday added new urgency to the Obama administration’s calls for Congress to appropriate emergency funding to combat the Zika virus, linking Puerto Rico’s health struggles to the larger issue of its ongoing debt crisis. “We’re obviously very concerned about the economy in...

It's Unclear Whether U.S. Investments in Afghan Education Are Paying Off

April 28, 2016 The grim news from war-torn Afghanistan keeps on coming. The United States’ multi-agency investment of $759.6 million in more than a decade of seeking improvements in Afghan education cannot be thoroughly assessed or precisely tracked, a watchdog said in a report released Thursday morning. The Defense and State departments and...

Learning From Government’s Best (and Worst) Workplaces

April 28, 2016 The hearing previously titled “Worst Places to Work in Government” was modified to include the “Best and Worst” at the request of a key senator. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., shared that insight Wednesday as he greeted agency witnesses brought in to discuss best practices in improving employee engagement. Human capital...

Homeland Security Told to Beef Up Safeguards Against Improper Payments

April 27, 2016 The Homeland Security Department could do better in preventing its share of the estimated $125 billion in improper payments by federal agencies in fiscal 2010, a watchdog found. In allowing some $210 million of unwarranted funds out the door in 2011, the department missed opportunities to conduct recovery audits in...

Digital Swat Team Director: Don't Expect Us to Change Your Life Overnight

April 26, 2016 The federal government’s digital swat team known as 18F is a “change management office,” its executive director and co-founder said Monday. “The government’s biggest digital service problems are not rocket science problems but culture problems,” the product of “deep waves over time” like the Grand Canyon, Aaron Snow told an...