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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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Under Pressure, Pentagon Publishes a Contractor-Fraud Report

May 14, 2019 It took a transparency advocate using a Freedom of Information Act request, but the Defense Department last week released a congressionally mandated report on the extent of criminal contractor fraud, naming nine firms that were suspended or debarred. The four-page report covering fiscal year 2013 through 2017 was sent to...

Newly Unveiled Pentagon Fraud Report Names 9 Debarred Contractors

May 13, 2019 It took a transparency advocate using a Freedom of Information Act request, but the Defense Department last week released a congressionally mandated report on the extent of criminal contractor fraud, naming nine firms that were suspended or debarred. The four-page report covering fiscal year 2013 through 2017 was sent to...

IRS Is Advised to Get Its Financial House in Order

May 13, 2019 The ability of the Internal Revenue Service to track unpaid tax assessments suffered from “continuing control deficiencies” in fiscal 2018, the Government Accountability Office reported last week. The watchdog’s May 9 letter, addressed to Internal Revenue Commissioner Charles Rettig, announced “new and continuing problems related” to the agency’s internal controls...

FEMA Used Google Rather Than Verified Registry to Fill Hurricane Relief Contracts

May 13, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More indicators of shaky contracting practices at the Federal Emergency Management Agency became public this week when an inspector faulted the agency's handling of two contracts for procuring tarpaulins and plastic sheeting to aid victims of Hurricane Maria’s 2017 devastation of Puerto Rico. In hurrying to award the supply work...

Watchdog Questions FEMA Hurricane Relief Contracting

May 12, 2019 More indicators of shaky contracting practices at the Federal Emergency Management Agency became public this week when an inspector faulted the agency's handling of two contracts for procuring tarpaulins and plastic sheeting to aid victims of Hurricane Maria’s 2017 devastation of Puerto Rico. In hurrying to award the supply work...

FEMA Used Google Rather Than Verified Registry to Fill Hurricane Relief Contracts

May 10, 2019 More indicators of shaky contracting practices at the Federal Emergency Management Agency became public this week when an inspector faulted the agency's handling of two contracts for procuring tarpaulins and plastic sheeting to aid victims of Hurricane Maria’s 2017 devastation of Puerto Rico. In hurrying to award the supply work...

Ex-Im Bank Swears in Leader with New Quorum

May 10, 2019 Kimberly Reed, an attorney, former food export executive and Treasury Department veteran, was sworn in on Thursday as president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, providing a quorum and ending three years of stalemate that hampered bank lending. The breakthrough came on Wednesday when the Senate...

'You’ve Had a Rough Year,' Senator Tells Feds at SAMMIE Awards Event

May 10, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ability of the federal workforce to press on in spite of “the shutdown and all that noise” was “a remarkable gift to the country,” said Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Thursday at a breakfast honoring finalists for the Service to America (SAMMIE) Medals staged by the nonprofit Partnership for...

Agriculture’s Economic Researchers Vote to Unionize Ahead of Planned Move

May 9, 2019 Less than a week after the Agriculture Department announced finalists among localities bidding to host relocated research offices currently based in Washington, employees at one of the offices voted to unionize. Professional and support staff at the Economic Research Service voted 138-4 on Thursday to be represented by the American...

'You’ve Had a Rough Year,' Senator Tells Feds at SAMMIE Awards Event

May 9, 2019 The ability of the federal workforce to press on in spite of “the shutdown and all that noise” was “a remarkable gift to the country,” said Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Thursday at a breakfast honoring finalists for the Service to America (SAMMIE) Medals staged by the nonprofit Partnership for...