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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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Pentagon Lags on Policing Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable Contracts

November 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two years after Congress required clearer criteria on when the Defense Department could issue lowest price, technically-acceptable contracts, Pentagon contracting officers still lack adequate written guidance, the Government Accountability Office concluded in an audit released last week. Under the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (Section 813), the department is...

Legal, Ethical Challenges Mount for Acting Attorney General

November 19, 2018 An array of critics of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker are using legal machinery to challenge him on multiple fronts, from the constitutionality of his appointment by President Trump, to the secrecy around his financial disclosure forms, to his refusal to recuse himself from decisions affecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s...

Pentagon Lags on Policing Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable Contracts

November 19, 2018 Two years after Congress required clearer criteria on when the Defense Department could issue lowest price, technically-acceptable contracts, Pentagon contracting officers still lack adequate written guidance, the Government Accountability Office concluded in an audit released last week. Under the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (Section 813), the department is...

Ex-Senator Urges a Return to Bipartisan Oversight

November 16, 2018 Retired Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., was striving to avoid partisanship when he spoke on Friday at the first “Oversight Summit” organized by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight. After presenting a state lawmaker (South Carolina Republican Rep. Weston Newton) with Levin’s new namesake award for effective oversight, the 36-year veteran...

Critics of Agriculture’s Planned Office Moves Seek Funding Halt

November 16, 2018 As the Agriculture Department proceeds with site selection for a controversial move of two research offices outside of Washington, dozens of science and advocacy groups have stepped up their opposition. On Nov. 13, a coalition of some 60 science, research and advocacy groups sent House appropriators a letter requesting that...

Sexual Harassment Continues to Infect Forest Service, Park Service

November 15, 2018 More graphic details on sexual misconduct that led to the March resignation of the Forest Service chief were presented to a House oversight panel on Thursday, the same day that President Trump’s nominee to head the National Park Service acknowledged that such workplace harassment remains a problem at his own...

Presidential Rank Award Winners Total 131 for 2018

November 15, 2018 The professional association for career senior federal executives earlier this week announced that 131 top-performing career federal executives will receive the prestigious Presidential Rank Award for 2018. The 131 recipients—whose full titles and biographies are still being assembled—will be honored at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington in December, the Senior...

Latest Count of 'Revolving Door' Defense Contractors Names Names

November 14, 2018 As many as 380 high-ranking Defense Department officials and officers over the past decade left government to become lobbyists, corporate board members and defense contractor consultants, according to a transparency group’s tabulations. In 645 instances documented by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, officials went to work for major contractors—Boeing,...

IRS Criminal Investigators Report Progress Despite Shrunken Staff

November 14, 2018 Operating with its lowest complement of special agents since the 1970s, the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division still achieved one of the highest crime conviction rates in federal law enforcement, according to its fiscal 2018 annual report released on Wednesday. The staff of 3,000—including 2,100 special agents and 789...

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...