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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Obamacare Exchanges at Risk for Fraud, Watchdog Finds

September 13, 2016 Though enrollees report satisfaction with health insurance obtained under the Affordable Care Act, the state-based marketplace exchanges remain vulnerable to fraudulent applications, the Government Accountability Office found. In a pair of new reports, auditors reported results of undercover testing of the program’s verification of eligibility for what in many cases...

Former Clinton IT Aide Describes Destruction of Old Devices as Routine

September 13, 2016 House Republicans’ continuing investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server on Tuesday prompted new subpoenas, three witnesses taking the Fifth Amendment and one Clinton family information technology aide explaining his use of a hammer to destroy his boss’ obsolete mobile devices. Justin Cooper, a 15-year all-purpose employee...

OPM Widens Team of Contractors for New Background Check Bureau

September 12, 2016 Less than a month before it is scheduled to stand up its new National Background Investigations Bureau, the Office of Personnel Management on Monday announced that it had accepted bids from four contractors, two of which are already performing security clearance background investigations. Joining incumbents CACI Premier Technology Inc. and...

TSA Told to Beef Up Security System at Maritime Facilities

September 12, 2016 Transportation Security Administration leaders have provided lax oversight of the program that produces identity cards for dockworkers, increasing chances of penetration of port facilities by criminals or flouters of immigration law, a watchdog found. The Transportation Worker Identification Credentials program, which has assigned more than 3.5 million bio-metric I.D. cards...

FOIA Litigation Is Rising, and the Cost Is Unclear

September 12, 2016 Lawsuits from unsatisfied Freedom of Information Act requesters rose 57 percent over the past decade, and yet the Justice Department has not thoroughly tracked the resulting costs, according to a new audit. Since 2006, Justice has reported 3,350 FOIA lawsuits filed against agencies, the Government Accountability Office said in a...

No, Clinton and Trump Do Not Receive the Same Daily Intel Briefing Obama Receives

September 9, 2016 Calling this election year “sportier than we’re used to,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Wednesday sketched out the intelligence community’s obligations in briefing the major presidential candidates on national security threats in the modern era. “I know a lot of people have been feeling uncertainty about what will...

Commerce Trade Official Ordered Himself a $10K Carpet and VIP Suites

September 9, 2016 When a former investment banker joined the Commerce Department, among his earliest agenda items were renovations of his “beat up and run down” office and an upgrade to VIP travel accommodations, according to an inspector general’s report released on Thursday. By pressuring his staff and by submitting poorly detailed documentation...

Tip for Incoming Political Appointees: Don’t Ignore IGs

September 7, 2016 Incoming political appointees in the next presidential administration may need coaching on the value, independence and multi-hatted responsibilities of inspectors general, according to a new report. “IGs have several ‘bosses’— the agency leader, Congress, the president and the American public,” said the paper released Wednesday night by the nonprofit Partnership...

Senate Banking Panel Running Out of Time on Obama Nominees

September 6, 2016 With only weeks to go before election-conscious lawmakers adjourn, prospects for filling vacancies on financial agency boards remain iffy. Vacancies continue to slow action at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve Board and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. But the Export-Import Bank of the United States—where three vacancies...

An Inside Look at How Agencies Handle Whistleblower Revelations

September 6, 2016 A whistleblower may be completely wrong in his or her perceptions of wrongdoing, but if he or she reasonably believes what they report about waste, fraud or retaliation, they’re still a whistleblower. That's according to Dan Meyer, who runs the whistleblower program for the Intelligence Community inspector general. But “if...

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