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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Annual Defense Bill Has Major Implications for Feds’ Leave, Pay

December 9, 2016 Among the myriad provisions packed in the major defense authorization bill that cleared Congress Thursday are new curbs on agency administrative leave to prevent long periods where employees who are under investigation can’t report to work but are paid. The final version of the act also included language that will...

Lawmakers Press Patent Office for Crackdown on Timecard Abuse

December 8, 2016 The Patent and Trademark Office came under fire on Wednesday by lawmakers and an inspector general who retain their past skepticism that the agency—with its famed telework program-- is doing enough to curb time-card abuse by some examiners. While the agency delivered an upbeat progress report and the union leader...

GSA Uses Final Weeks Under Obama to Advance Shared Services, Category Management

December 8, 2016 With the transition to a Trump administration well under way, the General Services Administration is moving to further institutionalize the Obama administration’s push to make agencies more efficient and effective stewards of taxpayer dollars by sharing more back-end administrative services and adopting category management as a procurement model. On Wednesday,...

Lawmaker Seeking to Impeach IRS Chief Targets Public Service Award

December 8, 2016 Wednesday’s House oversight hearing was supposed to address time-and-attendance troubles at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. But one congressman actively seeking the impeachment of the Internal Revenue commissioner used his time to question a good-government nonprofit for having given IRS chief John Koskinen a public service award. Rep. Jim...

GOP Lawmakers Say State Department Should Trim Fancy Embassies

December 7, 2016 After two years’ research, Republicans on the main House oversight panel on Tuesday released a report blasting the State Department for building embassies overseas that “prioritize… architectural significance over security and cost efficiency.” Department officials and Democrats on the committee disagreed. The staff report from the Oversight and Government Reform...

Some Tips on Managing President Trump and His Staff

December 7, 2016 One of President-elect Donald Trump’s first appointments was Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to take on the all-consuming job of White House chief of staff. On Tuesday evening, Priebus got some tips on how to approach the Herculean task of playing wingman to the world’s most powerful executive, courtesy...

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,...

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