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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History of Management Missteps Contributes to CDC’s Credibility Gap

October 23, 2014 When Dr. Tom Frieden admitted on Oct. 14 that the government’s point agency battling the Ebola threat “could have been more hands-on with the hospital [that handled the first case of the deadly virus in the United States] from Day 1,” it was a wrenching admission for the director of...

Lifesize Foosball Game, Swedish Massages for Rabbits Make Coburn's Final 'Wastebook'

October 22, 2014 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Wednesday released his final “Wastebook” before he retires, featuring $25 billion in alleged federal misspending on 100 items ranging from studies of gambling by monkeys to the Coast Guard’s reported free patrols to keep party crashers away from posh private events on yachts and exclusive...

IRS Chief: Congressional Overseers May Have Gotten ‘A Little Carried Away’

October 22, 2014 Asked recently whether the Internal Revenue Service might be exonerated as the six running congressional investigations of potential political bias at the agency near an endpoint, Commissioner John Koskinen took a gentle jab at the level of energy lawmakers have devoted to the controversy over targeting of nonprofits. In an...

Funding Hikes to Combat Health Care Fraud Could Pay Off, CBO Says

October 22, 2014 Fraud investigators and agency data-miners charged with curbing improper health care payments might take heart from a new Congressional Budget Office report on “program integrity” efforts in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. In a Monday report describing the budgetary impact of anti-fraud efforts by the Justice and...

Afghanistan's Opium Trade Is at an All-Time High

October 21, 2014 Among the long-term goals of the U.S-led coalition in Afghanistan was helping the war-torn underdeveloped country kick its economic dependency on the cultivation of poppies for the world’s illegal opium markets. But after various agencies spent $7.6 billion over more than a decade on counternarcotics efforts, opium poppy cultivation levels...

Does CDC Need More Authority to Enforce Its Own Ebola Protocols?

October 21, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday strengthened safety protocols for health workers caring for Ebola patients. But the agency still must rely on hospitals to follow the guidelines, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to enforce them if hospitals fall short. CDC’s Ebola protocols were intended...

$7 Billion Bid to Wean Afghanistan From Opium Trade Is a Bust

October 21, 2014 Among the long-term goals of the U.S-led coalition in Afghanistan was helping the war-torn underdeveloped country kick its economic dependency on the cultivation of poppies for the world’s illegal opium markets. But after various agencies spent $7.6 billion over more than a decade on counternarcotics efforts, opium poppy cultivation levels...

Bid Protest Ruling Deals Blow to Background Check Contractor

October 20, 2014 This story has been updated. The Government Accountability Office on Monday partially upheld the bid protest of a Leesburg, Va., contractor that sought to remove competitor USIS from a $210 million field office award signed in July by the Homeland Security Department’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In a victory...

Amid Ebola Scare, CDC Falls in Public’s Esteem

October 20, 2014 The Ebola crisis has taken its toll on the reputation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a CBS News poll conducted Oct. 15-16. Only 37 percent of respondents said the public health agency is doing an excellent or good job. A year ago, 60 percent of...

Laptops, Confidential Documents Left Sitting Out in GSA’s New Open Office

October 17, 2014 The agency leading the governmentwide charge toward economical open-office layouts has failed to follow procedures for securing sensitive and confidential documents and property, the General Services Administration’s inspector general found. A report released Thursday based on unannounced after-hours inspections of GSA’s cutting-edge, renovated headquarters at F Street Northwest in Washington...

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