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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Fire Intelligence Chief, Lawmakers Say

January 29, 2014 The White House should fire intelligence chief James Clapper as part of its effort to rein in the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, said a group of lawmakers this week. President Obama’s recently proposed NSA reforms “fall short of substantial transparency and reform” and should include the sacking of Clapper,...

Pentagon Joins With GSA to Improve Cybersecurity in Acquisitions

January 29, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel joined General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini on Wednesday to unveil six recommendations for better protecting the government acquisition system from cyberattacks. The joint report to President Obama complies with a February 2013 executive order and a presidential policy directive to boost cybersecurity governmentwide. The Homeland...

Obama’s State of the Union Reasserts Executive Authority

January 28, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday night issued a plea to Congress to move beyond “the rancorous argument over the size of the federal government” to make 2014 “a year of action,” while announcing a dozen executive orders aimed at rebuilding infrastructure, consolidating federal training programs and raising the wages of federal...

Werfel Departs OMB Following Stint as Acting IRS Chief

January 27, 2014 Danny Werfel, the Obama administration’s controller who spent the past half year as acting chief of the troubled Internal Revenue Service, has left government service, the Office of Management and Budget confirmed on Monday. Having spent more than 15 years at OMB, the last four as head of its Office...

Recovery Act Raised Accountability, GAO Says

January 27, 2014 The 28 agencies that distributed stimulus grants under the 2009 Recovery Act have learned largely positive lessons in best practices for accountability and transparency, the Government Accountability Office reported. As part of an examination of website tracking of how dollars were spent in 16 states to create jobs and boost...

Senator Seeks Special Prosecutor on IRS Controversy

January 24, 2014 Though known best for his time in the national spotlight attacking Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has now weighed in on the Internal Revenue Service’s still-controversial mishandling of primarily conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status. In a Jan. 22 letter, Cruz asked Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a “special...

State Department Faulted for Lax Oversight of Afghanistan Justice Contract

January 24, 2014 U.S. efforts to exit Afghanistan with a sustainable rule of law infrastructure in place may be jeopardized by “weaknesses in the design and oversight” of justice-sector contracts, an audit has found. State Department contracts totaling $223 million to help train Afghani justice administrators, prosecutors, attorneys and case managers suffered from...

EPA’s ‘Moonlighting Spy:’ I Guess Greed Made Me Do It

January 24, 2014 A newly released transcript of a congressional deposition of John Beale, the Environmental Protection Agency attorney sentenced to 32 months in prison for falsely claiming his workplace absences were due to a moonlighting gig at the CIA, is not a totally satisfying read. Beale was sentenced Dec. 18 for defrauding...

Top Contractor for Background Checks Charged With Fraud

January 23, 2014 The contractor that performed federal background checks on such headline personalities as National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis has been accused of fraud by the Justice Department. Falls Church, Va.,-based USIS, which had already been the subject of a False Claims Act suit filed...

HHS Secretary Defends, Obamacare to Mayors

January 23, 2014 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius touted the current website as much-improved from the balky site that millions struggled to navigate in October, during a discussion with a gathering of mayors in Washington on Wednesday. Asked by Green Bay, Wis., Mayor James Schmitt for comment on the botched...

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