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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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Newspaper's Expose on Pentagon Waste Draws Mixed Reviews

December 6, 2016 With the words “exclusive” and “Bob Woodward” on top of its story, The Washington Post’s Tuesday expose on a “buried” Pentagon study that identified an $125 billion in waste over five years drew considerable attention. Several lawmakers, the Defense Department’s chief union and at least one anti-waste advocacy group greeted...

Program Management Bill Heads to Obama's Desk

December 6, 2016 On its way toward President Obama is a bill passed by the Senate last week aimed at improving agency program management and creating a new federal career path focused on that discipline. In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the Senate approved a modified House version of the 2015 Program Management...

VA Whistleblowers Credited With Preventing Patient Suicides

December 6, 2016 Two counselors at the Phoenix, Ariz., veterans hospital who blew the whistle on lapsed suicide-prevention procedures prompted changes that are saving lives, the Office of Special Counsel said on Monday. In letters to the White House and Congress, the independent investigative agency said it verified disclosures from Brandon Coleman and...

Ex-Navy Contract Officer Gets Prison Time in 'Fat Leonard' Scandal

December 5, 2016 In the latest sentencing in the Navy bribery scandal revolving around businessman “Fat Leonard,” a former supervisory contracting officer on Friday was sentenced to 72 months in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for steering U.S. Navy deals to the president of a defense contractor. Paul Simpkins, 62, of Haymarket,...

Is Trump Running the Fastest Transition in 40 Years, and Does That Matter?

December 5, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s orchestrated and secretive process for selecting a Cabinet has brought “refreshing energy” to the transition, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday’s ABC News “This Week.” “He's not only bringing together a Cabinet at a historic pace for the last 40 years, he's not only assembling a...

‘Catastrophic’ Power Outage Nearly Destroyed MSPB’s Electronic Records System

December 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A little-reported but “catastrophic” power outage that hit the Merit Systems Protection Board staff June 30, 2015, has prompted a series of reforms to the federal employee complaint adjudication agency’s in-house electronic records system. Details are outlined in an October 2015 consultant’s report recently obtained by Government Executive under the...

‘Catastrophic’ Power Outage Nearly Destroyed MSPB’s Electronic Records System

December 2, 2016 A little-reported but “catastrophic” power outage that hit the Merit Systems Protection Board staff on June 30, 2015, has prompted a series of reforms to the federal employee complaint adjudication agency’s in-house electronic records system. Details are outlined in an October 2015 consultant’s report recently obtained by Government Executive under...

Transparency Groups Hail Removal of FOIA Exceptions in Defense Bill

December 2, 2016 The $619.7 billion defense bill that cleared the House on Friday in a 375-34 vote does not grant the Pentagon its request for new exemptions in document release requirements under the Freedom of Information Act, a development that cheered transparency advocacy groups. For much of this year, the Defense Department...

What Should Trump Seek in a Budget Director?

December 2, 2016 News reports this week have President-elect Donald Trump considering Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to head the Office of Management and Budget. Unclear from Cohn’s Wall Street background is whether he would meet basic criteria that two past and prominent budget directors laid out at a Thursday lunch talk put...

Lawmakers Appalled at Forest Service Sexual Misconduct, Demand Firings

December 1, 2016 Graphic details and emotional testimony from a female government firefighter at a Thursday hearing prompted House members to scold Agriculture Department officials for their handling of a decades-old culture of sexual harassment at the U.S. Forest Service. The lawmakers’ impatience with agency managers’ claims that the numbers show improvements in...

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