AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 11-20 of 3691

Key House Democrat Says Pentagon Will Have to Become More Transparent

November 13, 2018 The Defense Department under President Trump has been too secretive, politicized, hawkish on nuclear weapons and discriminatory toward minorities, according to the Democrat most likely to take over the House Armed Services Committee. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the current ranking member, sent his caucus a letter on Nov. 8 announcing...

Social Security Doled Out At Least $10 Billion in Unmerited Payments Last Year

November 13, 2018 Confronted with unreliable wage and financial account reporting, the Social Security Administration has long struggled to reduce the amount of improper, or overpayments, to recipients of both retirement and disability benefits. In 2017, it fell short of its goals of a 98 percent accuracy rate, according to a report released...

House Democrats Map Out a Plan for Getting Trump’s Tax Returns

November 9, 2018 To the surprise of few, House Democrats responded to Tuesday’s electoral victories by stepping up plans to seek the tax returns that President Trump has declined to make public since he launched his presidential bid in 2015. But the process available to the incoming majority party in January will present...

Solicitor General’s Unusual Ethics Waiver Draws Scrutiny

November 8, 2018 Days before President Trump shook up the Justice Department with the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a watchdog group disclosed an ethics waiver granted to the solicitor general that may figure into the unfolding drama over the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections. Noel Francisco,...

Democrats' Coming Oversight Agenda: Subpoenas But Little Bipartisanship?

November 7, 2018 It took only hours after electoral clarity that Democrats will retake the House in January for the clash to unfold over the nature of legislative oversight of the executive branch. Will it be “presidential harassment,” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called it at a Wednesday morning press conference?...

US-Backed Forces in Iraq, Syria May Face Challenges for Years

November 7, 2018 The Pentagon has warned its inspector general that Iraqi Security Forces the United States is counting on to stabilize parts of Iraq and Syria formerly controlled by ISIS “would need years, if not decades” to become self-reliant. That latest report (covering July 1 through Sept. 30) from the watchdogs for...

U.S.-Backed Forces in Iraq, Syria May Face Challenges for Years

November 6, 2018 The Pentagon has warned its inspector general that Iraqi Security Forces the United States is counting on to stabilize parts of Iraq and Syria formerly controlled by ISIS “would need years, if not decades” to become self-reliant. That latest report (covering July 1 through Sept. 30) from the watchdogs for...

FBI and Intel Community Release Framework to Thwart Insider Threats

November 5, 2018 The multi-agency push to prevent illegal disclosures from the next Edward Snowden acquired some practical tools with the release on Nov. 1 of the “Program Maturity Framework” compiled by the National Insider Threat Task Force. The 19 “maturity elements” outline steps for senior management and line employees to implement in...

Northrop Grumman Pays $27.5 Million Under False Claims Act

November 5, 2018 Nothrop Grumman Corp. on Friday agreed to forfeit $27.5 million under the False Claims Act while acknowledging that some employees inflated their work hours on bills for two battlefield communications contracts with the Air Force. “Contractors that knowingly inflate their bills to the government will face serious consequences,” said Assistant...

Grassley Wins Declassification of CIA Documents on Monitoring Whistleblowers

November 2, 2018 After a four-and-a-half year wait, one of the Senate’s key whistleblower advocates succeeded in arranging the declassification of documents he says show that the CIA inappropriately monitored congressional staff correspondence with whistleblowers. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Thursday released a pair of “congressional notifications” from 2014 just delivered to him...