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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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Nominee for OMB Deputy Slot Promises Focus on the Presidential Transition

2:08 PM ET If confirmed for the final six months of the Obama administration, deputy management director nominee Andrew Mayock would focus on ensuring a smooth presidential transition and would seek to avoid “reinventing the wheel,” he told senators on Tuesday. Mayock, who joined the Office of Management and Budget in 2013 after...

SBA to Interpret Supreme Court Contractor Ruling for Small Business

June 28, 2016 This month’s Supreme Court decision requiring the Veterans Affairs Department to expand set-asides for veteran-owned small businesses could affect broader procurement regulations across government, a Small Business Administration official said on Tuesday. John Shoraka, associate administrator of SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, told Government Executive at a...

House Oversight Panel Probes Consumer Bureau’s Advertising Strategy

June 28, 2016 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recently disclosed $12.5 million advertising contract is under the scrutiny of a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a June 24 letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the lawmakers cited a recent Wall Street Journal report drawn from...

One of the Longest-Running Whistleblower Cases Is About to Get Longer

June 27, 2016 Kim Farrington’s job with the Federal Aviation Administration ended in 2004, yet her protest, eventually directed to the Merit Systems Protection Board, was denied only three weeks ago—two and a half years after her latest hearing. Now the Florida-based member of the community of whistleblower activists plans to appeal, Government...

Senator Wants to Know More About Homeland Security's Use of Paid Leave

June 27, 2016 This story has been updated. Though Homeland Security has made strides in curbing overuse of paid administrative leave for employees accused of misconduct, the department needs to provide Congress with greater detail on individual cases, according to a request from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. In a June 23 letter to...

GSA Receives On-Time Bids to Build New FBI Headquarters

June 24, 2016 The General Services Administration confirmed that on Wednesday, on schedule, it received bids from an unidentified number of contractors to construct a 2.1 million rentable-square-foot new FBI headquarters facility. The offers came in response to a Jan. 22 phase II request for proposals following an environmental impact assessment completed last...

IRS Could Improve Reponses to Identity Theft, Says GAO

June 24, 2016 Efforts by the Internal Revenue Service to curb wrongful refunds to identity thieves have shown progress, a watchdog said, but shaky methodology may be low-balling estimates of bad payments and a new risk management assessment is warranted. The agency’s Taxpayer Protection Program to authenticate suspicious tax returns relies on posing...

Clinton's Private Email Server Was Briefly Locked Down in 2011

June 23, 2016 Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State show that technicians temporarily suspended traffic from the server to avoid penetration by hackers. The documents were obtained by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch through a court order as part of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking...

Interagency Task Force Completes Largest 'Takedown' of Medicare Fraud Yet

June 22, 2016 An anti-fraud task force led by the Justice and Health and Human Services departments reported a record setting number of arrests on Wednesday, announcing charges against 300 defendants in 36 districts for billing schemes worth more than $900 million. The nine-year-old Medicare Fraud Strike Force executed a “takedown” over the...

House Move to Impeach IRS Chief May Be Illegal

June 22, 2016 If the House Judiciary Committee moves to impeach or censure Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen, it would be entering “uncharted waters” while possibly producing an illegal bill of attainder—essentially declaring the IRS chief guilty of a crime and punishing him without a fair trial, the committee was told during a...

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