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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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FBI to Conduct Internal Probe of Election-Season Tweets

November 3, 2016 Suddenly renewed activity on an FBI Twitter account publicizing Freedom of Information Act releases has prompted an internal bureau review of the propriety of such activity so close to the Nov. 8 election, according to a source involved in the matter. In emails obtained by Government Executive sent to an...

Homeland Security's Revised Anti-Extremism Plan Draws Mixed Reviews

November 3, 2016 As one of the government’s major prongs in the effort to fight domestic terrorism, the Homeland Security Department this week unveiled its detailed strategy to “counter violent extremism,” a plan for grants and community partnerships that has drawn criticism from the right and the left. The plan released on Oct....

Pentagon Urged to Better Integrate Intel Needs in Weapons Acquisition

November 3, 2016 Modern U.S. weapons systems, from the F-22 stealth fighter to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, are increasingly designed with intelligence community requirements in mind. But the Defense Department has yet to iron out kinks in the communications chain during the complex acquisition process, a watchdog found. The Pentagon has “developed...

Pentagon Urged to Better Integrate Intel Needs in Weapons Acquisition

November 2, 2016 Modern U.S. weapons systems, from the F-22 stealth fighter to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, are increasingly designed with intelligence community requirements in mind. But the Defense Department has yet to iron out kinks in the communications chain during the complex acquisition process, a watchdog found. The Pentagon has “developed...

Army General Was Allowed To Accept Free Housing from Contractor

November 2, 2016 The Pentagon’s gift rules allowed an Army National Guard General to accept rent-free living space from a defense contractor because the contractor is a personal friend. That was the finding of the Defense Department Office of Inspector General in a case involving Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck, who was terminated from...

White House Lays Out Digital Tools for Presidential Transition

November 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Touting President Obama’s status as “the first social media president,” the White House late Monday announced principles with which it plans to conduct the first digital presidential transition. In a blog post reviewing the administration’s eight-year digital accomplishments, Kori Schulman, special assistant to the president and deputy chief digital officer,...

White House Lays Out Digital Tools for Presidential Transition

November 1, 2016 Touting President Obama’s status as “the first social media president,” the White House late on Monday announced principles with which it plans to conduct the first digital presidential transition. In a blog post reviewing the administration’s eight-year digital accomplishments, Kori Schulman, special assistant to the president and deputy chief digital...

Building Roads in War-Torn Afghanistan Remains a Tough Slog

November 1, 2016 Having invested $2.8 billion since 2002 to build roads in mountainous, war-weary Afghanistan, U.S. agencies now confront a network that is underfunded, poorly maintained and threatening to government stability, a watchdog found. Without a new road improvement push, as much as $8.3 billion might be needed to replace the infrastructure...

Amid the Firestorm Over Comey Come Charges of Hatch Act Violations

October 31, 2016 Fallout from FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic move on Friday to alert Congress to possible new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email probe continued on Monday as the top law enforcement officer came under fire from Democratic lawmakers and numerous professional prosecutors. At issue is whether Comey’s missives to lawmakers...

Military Housing at Risk from Poor Utility Maintenance, Watchdog Finds

October 25, 2016 Faulty sprinkler systems, exposed wiring and unchecked household mold were among the deficiencies in military base housing around the world documented in a report released this month by Defense Department inspector general investigators. In the capstone report in a series of six over the past three years, auditors warned of...

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