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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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20 of the All-Time Greatest Feds

October 1, 2011 A guide to some of history's most illustrious civil servants. Government may be facing some big challenges right now, but history shows that during times of crisis, great public servants have stepped forward to show tremendous leadership. Government Executive consulted with the National Academy of Public Administration and the Partnership...

Emerging Leaders

October 1, 2011 Young executives are taking their passion for public service to the top. As government grapples with seemingly intractable problems like shrinking budgets, overlapping missions and cumbersome processes from bygone days, there is some good news. Young leaders are stepping up to redefine the way federal agencies work through better technology,...

IG Reconsiders $16 Muffins

September 30, 2011 The Justice Department's inspector general has rethought its recent assertion that agency employees at a professional conference got bilked for breakfast muffins at $16 a pop. In response to continuing media coverage and denials by Justice and the hotel chain that hosted the fateful event, a spokesman for the IG...

Cataloging Contractor Misconduct

September 30, 2011 A not-inconsiderable 1,400 instances of unresolved misconduct charges against federal contractors were catalogued and posted Thursday by the nonprofit watchdog Project on Government Oversight. The misconduct ranged from overcharging to violation of Medicaid fraud reporting laws. The largest contractors have coughed up $25.3 billion in fines and penalties, the researchers...

OMB issues guidance boosting interagency purchasing

September 30, 2011 Encouraging agencies to reduce waste by leveraging their "own buying power," the federal chief procurement officer on Thursday issued guidance designed to reduce duplication in acquisitions by increasing interagency contracting and information sharing. Dan Gordon, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, in a letter to chief acquisition officers...

DIA marks its 50th anniversary of combining military and national intelligence

September 29, 2011 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday saluted past and present employees of the Defense Intelligence Agency in a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the agency's creation at the height of the Cold War. He spoke to a crowd of some 500 uniformed and civilian intelligence specialists at DIA's gleaming...

Virginia Lawmakers Play Traffic Cop

September 28, 2011 The forced march of some 6,400 national security employees to presumably safer digs in the Washington suburbs has never sat well with the Northern Virginia congressional delegation. With the multi-agency moves required under the Base Realignment and Closure process now underway, skepticism about the Pentagon's ability to manage the long-foreseen...

ICE announces nationwide arrests of thousands of convicted criminal aliens

September 28, 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday announced 2,901 arrests in 50 states and four territories during a recent week of coordinated efforts primarily targeting felons in violation of immigration law. In what ICE Director John Morton told reporters was his agency's largest ever operation aimed at criminals, Homeland Security Department...

Coming defense vote will alter contractor executive pay

September 28, 2011 With a Senate vote expected in early October on the fiscal 2012 Defense authorization bill, changes appear likely in how contracting companies are reimbursed for what they pay their executives. But the reach of the new policy remains in dispute. Both the House and Senate versions of the bill would...

Washington Monument Elevator Woes

September 26, 2011 The Aug. 23 East Coast earthquake, which caused cracks in the Washington Monument, also damaged its elevator, the National Park Service said on Monday. Because of suspected damage to the elevator's counterweights, the lift can rise only to the 250-foot level. Engineers -- including skilled "rappelers" who will scale the...