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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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No Political Meddling with FOIA Requests, Pentagon Watchdog Finds

August 18, 2016 Responding to a senator’s suspicions, the Defense Department’s inspector general interviewed Freedom of Information Act officers for all the military services asking whether any politically appointed non-career staff had delayed or withheld release of any requested documents. In a report released on Thursday, the watchdog said it found no such...

Whistleblowers Exposed Contractors Who Sold Defective Helmets to Pentagon

August 17, 2016 Two contractors -- one private and one government-owned -- manufactured defective combat helmets ordered by the Pentagon, costing the government millions, a watchdog said on Wednesday. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a summary of two fraud investigations by his office and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, with help...

GAO and Pentagon Disagree on Budgeting for Operations and Maintenance

August 17, 2016 Under pressure to fund overseas combat operations, the Defense Department has “realigned” monies to and from day-to-day operations and maintenance accounts without fully explaining the numbers to Congress, a watchdog found. One result of transferring some $149 billion over the past five years, said a Government Accountability Office report released...

Clinton Names Familiar Figures to Lead Her Presidential Transition Team

August 16, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday named four experienced Washington hands to lead her transition team, just as a nonprofit good-government group released its latest advice on innovation for the next administration. Ken Salazar, a former Democratic senator from Colorado and Interior secretary under President Obama, will chair the...

Poll: Government Is the Least Popular of Any Major Industry in the U.S.

August 16, 2016 The image of the federal government took a beating in the latest annual Gallup survey of business-sector favorability. Government ranked dead last in positive views, with only 28 percent of respondents rating it favorably, compared with a whopping 66 percent holding favorable views of the restaurant industry and the computer...

Agencies Don't Know Exactly How Many ‘Special Government Employees’ They Employ

August 15, 2016 Federal agencies collectively employ more than 1,100 full-time high-level temps called “special government employees.” But counts of SGEs are not always reliable, according to a report released on Monday by the Government Accountability Office. As a result, said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who requested the report, agencies...

Senator Goes After Wolf Trap Unions, Fort Belvoir Food and Estonian TV

August 15, 2016 In the third of what is shaping up as a weekly “waste report,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., last week went after an appropriations earmark that forces the National Park Service to pay for unionized stagehands at the suburban Washington concert venue Wolf Trap Farm Park. “Wolf Trap is trapping nearly...

IRS Falls Short in Tracking Tax-Delinquent Contractors

August 12, 2016 Despite past admonitions, the Internal Revenue Service still has a ways to go in preventing the award of agency contracts to firms that owe back taxes, an agency watchdog has found. “The IRS tax check process was not effective in identifying tax-delinquent contractors,” wrote the Treasury Inspector General for Tax...

Some Advice for Feds During the Presidential Transition: Expect Pushback

August 11, 2016 Combining common sense with experienced insight, the Senior Executives Association’s Professional Development League has come out with tips for career managers to successfully navigate the presidential transition. SEA’s first-ever “Handbook on Presidential Transition for Federal Career Executives” delivers 20 pages of orientation on such issues as the role of career...

New Clinton Emails Raise More Questions About State's Response

August 10, 2016 Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department have revived debate over whether she commingled diplomacy with people involved with the Clinton Foundation and raise questions about how State handled requests for information about her email practices under the Freedom of Information Act going back years. The...