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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Whistleblowers Praised for Exposing Alleged Pentagon Contractor Fraud

May 4, 2016 Two firms contracting with the Pentagon’s massive Defense Transportation Coordination Initiative agreed to pay the government $13 million to settle allegations of overbilling exposed by two whistleblowers, the Justice Department and private attorneys announced Tuesday. The California-based companies Menlo Worldwide Services and Estes Forwarding Worldwide agreed to resolve a lawsuit...

IRS Finds the Money to Recruit 600 to 700 Enforcement Employees

May 4, 2016 The budget-crunched Internal Revenue Service has found the revenue to bring on 600 to 700 new employees to improve enforcement of tax laws, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday in a memo to staff. The expansion—first reported by The Wall Street Journal—“will be our first significant enforcement hiring in more than...

Singed by the Benghazi Dispute, This Ex-Fed Is Laying Low

May 3, 2016 When the House Select Committee on Benghazi releases its long-awaited “final report” this summer, one former State Department official may find himself again dragged into the public eye. Raymond Maxwell, who in 2012 was director of regional affairs at State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, went down as a bit...

How Government Leaders Have Handled Downsizing and Other Big Changes

May 3, 2016 Change in an agency’s culture “creates uncertainty, anxiety, fear and absolute resistance,” the head of the Government Publishing Office said during a panel discussion in Washington Tuesday. Few agencies have undergone a transformation like the GPO (formerly the Government Printing office) to cope with galloping improvements in technology and the...

House Defense Bill Seeks to Protect Contractor 'Religious Freedom'

May 2, 2016 Tucked inside a House committee’s markup of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act is language aimed at “clarifying” the religious rights of federal defense contractors who feel pressured to comply with an executive order addressing religion and discrimination. Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., offered language cleared by the House Armed...

Pentagon Wants to Raise Purchase Card Maximum to $10,000

May 2, 2016 The Pentagon wants to accelerate procurements by raising the “micro-purchase threshold” for using a government credit card from the current $3,000 maximum to $10,000 as part of the fiscal 2017 Defense authorization act. The proposed language, first reported by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, would also require the Office...

Outstanding Feds Named Finalists for Service to America Medals

May 1, 2016 The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service on Sunday named 32 federal employees as Service to America Medal finalists for their accomplishments related to issues of critical national importance, including defense and security, environmental protection, public health and safety. The finalists are contenders for eight annual awards, known as the Sammies,...

Small Businesses Win More Than 25% of Federal Contracts

April 29, 2016 In awarding $91 billion in small business contracts in fiscal 2015, agencies exceeded their mandatory goal and steered 25.75 percent to eligible small businesses—topping the target for the third straight year, the Small Business Administration reported on Thursday. Following a March preview announcing that agencies had set records for contracts...

Uncollected Taxes Now Total $458 Billion, IRS Estimates

April 29, 2016 The annual “tax gap”—the estimated difference between what taxpayers owe the government and what the Internal Revenue Service actually collects from them—rose to $458 billion, the tax agency said on Thursday. The latest in the agency’s periodic studies covers the tax years 2008-2010, and is a slight rise from the...

Veterans Affairs IG Failed to Fully Investigate Allegations of Data Manipulation

April 29, 2016 The Office of Inspector General at the Veterans Affairs Department failed to thoroughly investigate whistleblower allegations at Texas VA hospitals and clinics, the Office of Special Counsel said this week. In letters to Congress and the White House, the independent investigative agency said that in three cases involving alleged manipulation...

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