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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Justice Department's Secret Legal Opinions Sought in Court

June 9, 2016 A transparency group is taking the Justice Department to court over whether the confidential opinions of the department’s Office Legal Counsel are covered by the Freedom of Information Act. The nonprofit Campaign for Accountability on Wednesday, following months of back-and-forth correspondence, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for...

Top Intelligence Officers Convene LGBT Pride Summit

June 8, 2016 The director of national intelligence joined with the FBI director and the top Pentagon spymaster on Wednesday to preside over the fifth annual Intelligence Community LGBTA Pride Summit held at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Southwest Washington. Some 1,000 officers joined James Clapper, James Comey and Vincent Stewart for livestreamed...

Senate Debates Defense Policy Bill Under Veto Threat, in Part for Acquisition Reforms

June 8, 2016 At a whopping 1,700 pages awaiting more than 300 planned amendments, the defense authorization bill now on the Senate floor drew a veto threat from President Obama on Tuesday in part because of acquisition reforms, many of which have support in the contracting community. In its statement of administration policy,...

IRS’ List of Scrutinized Nonprofits Was Larger Than Previously Thought

June 7, 2016 In the latest wrinkle in the three-year-old dispute over alleged targeting of conservative nonprofits, the Internal Revenue Service compiled a new list of organizations that might be members of a class action claiming damages: The roster extends to 426 groups, a larger number than the 296 compiled by the agency’s...

Fish and Wildlife Service Supervisors Disciplined for Retaliation

June 7, 2016 Three U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supervisors were disciplined for retaliating against an employee who blew the whistle on his boss’ improper use of agency property to fortify his home against flooding, the Office of Special Counsel announced on Tuesday. The managers also violated time-and-attendance procedures. The punishments—suspensions without pay,...

Federal Contract Spending Dipped 1.5% in 2015, Study Finds

June 7, 2016 Total federal contract spending in fiscal 2015 came in at $440.8 billion, a 1.5 percent decline from that in fiscal 2014, according to the fifth annual Bloomberg Government 200, released on Tuesday. Companies among the top 200 government contractors won about the same share of federal contract dollars as last...

White House Steps Up Presidential Transition Planning

June 6, 2016 As required in the presidential transition law enacted in March, the White House in June has begun meeting with designated agency officers to accelerate preparations for the handoff to the next administration. On Friday, the White House hosted the Agency Transition Directors Council to review coming milestones and discussed the...

DHS Employees Overseas: Drugs and Prostitutes Are Probably Not OK

June 6, 2016 Despite extensive overseas travel by their employees, six agencies within the Homeland Security Department lack broad policies and training programs on precisely what types of questionable personal conduct are permitted in foreign countries during off-hours. “The department has some limited, department-wide policies governing off-duty conduct in general, but the policies...

Army Spent Millions to Renovate Doomed Dining Hall

June 6, 2016 By the end of June, the Army will close the main mess hall at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax, Va., only six months after a one-year renovation costing a reported $6 million, Government Executive has confirmed. The Eagle’s Nest Dining Facility underwent a major renovation that brought new lighting, ceilings and...

Which Clinton Aide Arranged the Private Email Server?

June 3, 2016 When the State Department watchdog on May 25 released a damning report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lapses in email management, the footnotes added a new wrinkle to the story that could force other shoes to drop in the 2016 presidential campaign. “In addition to Secretary Clinton, eight...

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