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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Contractor Who Delivered Faulty Weapon Sights Pays $25M

December 1, 2015 An Ann Arbor, Mich.-based weapons contractor agreed to pay the government $25 million last month for having knowingly delivered flawed holographic rifle sights to the FBI and the Defense and Homeland Security departments. EOTech, according to the government’s complaint released Monday by the Defense Department inspector general, knew during seven...

IRS Whistleblower Program Makes Money But May Be Underfunded

December 1, 2015 This story has been updated. Stepped-up reliance on private-sector whistleblowers has helped the Internal Revenue Service bring in $2 billion to the Treasury from tax cheats over the past five years, a watchdog said. But budget cuts and poor communication have prevented the agency from doing even more to reduce...

Senator Mocks Federal Funds Spent on Solar-Powered Brewery, Silent Shakespeare Plays

November 30, 2015 Questionable federal spending--on silent Shakespeare plays, solar-paneled breweries and highly localized music documentaries--came under attack in a compilation released on Monday by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. Taking over the “Wastebook” published for years by his Oklahoma Republican predecessor Tom Coburn, Lankford’s new inventory of fodder for headlines employs a football...

How a Digital Swat Team Drove Home Obama’s College Scorecard

November 25, 2015 Some problems call for technical wizardry, others demand policy choices that prompt never-ending debate. This September, the Obama administration released its much-anticipated college scorecard, an ambitious effort to present data to help students pick a school that’s worth their money. For nearly three years, the initiative had bogged down over...

IRS Should Rethink How It Audits the Rich, Watchdog says

November 24, 2015 Though the wealthy provide the lion’s share of tax revenues, they also have greater opportunity to underpay by using complex schemes. While the Internal Revenue Service in recent years has improved its efforts to audit high-income earners, an inspector general says the agency needs to improve the quality of those...

GSA Has a Message for Mayors: Let’s Work Together

November 24, 2015 The government’s landlord would like to double as your local government’s partner in growth. The General Services Administration last week launched an Economic Catalyst Initiative “to better align the agency’s building, leasing, and relocation plans with the economic development goals of local communities,” GSA announced. Fresh from a three-city tour...

NOAA Chief Spars with Lawmaker Over Climate Change Data

November 23, 2015 House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is showing no signs of letting up on his demand for internal scientific documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose administrator on Friday criticized his tactics and reiterated her offer of an alternative approach. Since July, Science, Space, and Technology Committee...

TSA’s Headquarters Move Could Be Delayed by Judge’s Order

November 23, 2015 The plan to move the Transportation Security Administration’s main office from Arlington, Va., to neighboring Alexandria has bumped into a legal obstacle that could threaten the transition scheduled for 2017. As reported first by Washington Business Journal, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Charles Lettow on Nov. 12 halted the...

Poll: Trust in Government Drops While Agency Reputations Improve

November 23, 2015 Only a fifth of Americans currently trust the federal government or think it is well run, a new low, according to a major new poll released on Monday. As many as 55 percent said that “ordinary Americans” could do a better job than the government at solving national problems, the...

Senate Clears Bill to Improve Management of Federal Programs

November 20, 2015 The Senate on Thursday passed a bill designed to curb government waste by using private-sector performance standards for federal programs and by creating new agency specialists in the discipline of program management. The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (S. 1550) sponsored by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Heidi Heitkamp,...

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