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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. 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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Clapper Touts Progress at Integrating Intelligence Community

March 4, 2015 James Clapper on Tuesday responded to his predecessors’ questions of whether his job as director of the Office of National Intelligence should be that of a manager, a coordinator or “an empowered quarterback.” His answer? “All of the above, with distinct roles in different situations.” Clapper said he views his...

U.S. Ebola Operation in West Africa Gets a Watchdog

March 4, 2015 The Ebola crisis may have faded from the headlines, but U.S. infrastructure-building operations in West Africa remain sizable enough to merit appointment of a lead inspector general. Jon Rymer, inspector general of the Defense Department, will broaden his portfolio to be the lead watchdog in Operation United Assistance, according to...

Long-Serving NTEU President Announces Retirement

March 4, 2015 Colleen Kelley, the face of the National Treasury Employees Union at pay and benefits hearings, Capitol Hill protests and in the news media, will retire this August, NTEU announced on Wednesday. In a memo to chapter presidents, Kelley—first elected in 1999 after 14 years as an Internal Revenue Service agent—said...

New Broadcast Board CEO Bails After Just Six Weeks

March 3, 2015 After just 40 days as the first-ever CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Andrew Lack—a broadcasting veteran who was sworn in at BBG on Jan. 20—has accepted a job at NBC, according to the anonymous blog BBGWatch. The move, negotiations for which first surfaced in the Hollywood trade publication...

Hillary Clinton Not Alone in Using Private Emails to Govern

March 3, 2015 The revelation that former secretary of State and likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton conducted State Department business using private emails is only the latest in a string of such disclosures: leaders at the Internal Revenue Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Chemical Safety Board have also used personal accounts...

Senators Press for Flood Insurance Fraud Probe

March 2, 2015 The Federal Emergency Management Agency failed to follow up on indicators that insurance companies altered damage assessments to avoid payouts to victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, according to news reports, court records and senators from New York and New Jersey. As detailed Sunday night in a “60 Minutes” broadcast,...

Republican Pick for CBO Director Draws Mostly Good Reviews

March 2, 2015 Keith Hall, whom Republican lawmakers on Friday named as the new director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, has a history of defending civil servants against conspiracy theorists’ charges of bias. Hall, chief economist at the International Trade Commission, is a former Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner who for two...

FOIA Reform Draws Backing from Ex-Archives Ombudsman

February 27, 2015 A bipartisan bill to codify a “presumption of openness” in the Freedom of Information Act process on Friday earned the blessing of a key former official at the National Archives and Records Administration. Miriam Nisbet, founding and former director of the Office of Government Information Services, which was established in...

How a Treasury Watchdog Found Long-Lost Lois Lerner Emails in Just Two Weeks

February 27, 2015 An inspector general’s staff took just two weeks to find emails that the Internal Revenue Commissioner had called unrecoverable, a House oversight panel was told at an unusual Thursday evening hearing. But the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration was also put on notice of a new complaint of his...

Pentagon Acquisition Bosses Ho-Hum on Multiple Reviews for Passing Milestones

February 26, 2015 Defense Department major weapons buyers could streamline the acquisition process by eliminating some reviews in the years-long phase for passing each procurement milestone, the Government Accountability Office found. “The process in some instances can include up to 56 organizations at eight levels and accounts for about half of the time...