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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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White House Issues New Guidance on Category Management

March 22, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Eight years after the Obama administration began importing the private-sector procurement tool known as “category management,” the Trump administration on Thursday rescinded old directives and delivered new agency guidance. In a March 21 memo to all agency heads, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Margaret Weichert—who is doing double...

GSA’s Buildings Service Lost $49 Million On D.C.-Area Leases

March 22, 2019 Poor planning by the General Services Administration’s Washington-area Public Buildings Service caused it to miss performance targets intended to “break even” on its funds from operations, a watchdog found. The result was a loss of $49 million in fiscal 2016 on a “wide range” of leases and a debt to...

Acting SecDef Under Investigation for Boeing Ties: Pentagon Watchdog

March 22, 2019 The Defense Department’s inspector general confirmed on Wednesday that it has launched an investigation of acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on whether he has made decisions overly favorable to his former employer, airline industry giant Boeing. A spokeswoman for acting IG Glenn Fine released a statement saying the watchdog “has...

White House Issues New Guidance on Category Management

March 21, 2019 Eight years after the Obama administration began importing the private-sector procurement tool known as “category management,” the Trump administration on Thursday rescinded old directives and delivered new agency guidance. In a March 21 memo to all agency heads, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Margaret Weichert—who is doing double...

Pentagon Watchdog Launches Probe of Acting Defense Chief's Boeing Ties

March 21, 2019 The Defense Department’s inspector general confirmed on Wednesday that it has launched an investigation of acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on whether he has made decisions overly favorable to his former employer, airline industry giant Boeing. A spokeswoman for acting IG Glenn Fine released a statement saying the watchdog “has...

Lawmakers Pressure State Dept. for Documents on Alleged Political Retaliation

March 20, 2019 The fight between branches of government continues over evidence on whether early Trump administration appointees at the State Department retaliated against career employees with whom they had political differences. On March 15, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., joined with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., ranking member of...

Science and Environmental Spending Make Conspicuous Targets in Trump Budget

March 20, 2019 In targeting programs whose missions range from countering climate change, to cleaning coastal waters, to maintaining national parks, to conducting basic health research, the Trump administration’s proposed spending cuts in its fiscal 2020 budget have set off predictable alarm bells among science and environmental groups. The American Association for the...

IRS Allowed $74 Million in Excess Social Security Tax Refunds, Watchdog Finds

March 19, 2019 The Internal Revenue Service used detection tools as it processed more than 1.5 million tax returns in a recent year claiming a combined $3.1 billion in over-withheld Social Security taxes. But there were mistakes in as much as $74 million of those claims of excess employer withholding, according to a...

Fleshed-Out Trump Budget Would Cut $48.8 Billion in Program Spending

March 18, 2019 In part two of its unusual bifurcated budget release, the Trump administration on Monday put more flesh on the bones of last week’s $4.7 trillion fiscal 2020 budget, promising discretionary spending cuts of $48.8 billion through an “aggressive set of actions to redefine the proper role of the federal government.”...

ATF Rushed Sole-Source Contracts Without Market Research, Watchdog Finds

March 18, 2019 In its efforts to meet small business contracting goals, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives neglected proper market research and record-keeping before awarding sole-source contracts, a watchdog found. “Proper documentation is necessary to show that ATF safeguarded federal funds, furthered the purpose of small business programs, and complied...