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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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The Face of Government’s Landlord

July 8, 2015 W hen President Obama nominated Denise Turner Roth to take the helm of the General Services Administration, he got a former city manager, legislative aide and efficiency crusader. At 41, Roth is younger than most people who’ve led the agency. As deputy she helped consolidate GSA’s information technology, human resources,...

Around Government

July 8, 2015 Defying Ranger Danger NPS’ Matt Hudson says he was just doing his job during a courageous nighttime rescue. After Matt Hudson received the call that his services were needed to rescue a man stuck on a rock amid Class IV rapids, he and his team—Brett Painter and Thomas Hall—had an...

IRS Did Not Willfully Destroy or Hide Lerner Emails, Watchdog Finds

July 7, 2015 An inspector general’s probe of the missing emails involving former Internal Revenue Service executive Lois Lerner “provided no evidence that the IRS employees involved intended to destroy data on the tapes or hard drives in order to keep this information from Congress,” the Justice Department or the inspector general’s staff,...

The Reports Most Lawmakers Don’t Want You to See

July 6, 2015 A long-simmering debate continues over whether the in-depth reports prepared for lawmakers by the Congressional Research Service should be published -- just as reports by the Government Accountability Office and Congressional Budget Office are made public. On June 17, The New York Times revived the issue in an editorial titled...

White House CIO’s Former Software Firm Settles False Claims Act Suit

July 6, 2015 The software company that recently employed federal chief information officer Tony Scott agreed to pay $75 million to settle claims that the company and a partner firm concealed commercial pricing and overcharged the government, the Justice Department announced last week. Palo Alto, Calif.,-based VMware Inc. and Reston, Va.-based Carahsoft agreed...

Justice Updates FOIA Guidance to Confirm Requesters Still Care

July 6, 2015 Freedom of Information Act requests often take agencies months to fulfill, by which time some requesters from the media or advocacy groups may have moved on to other pursuits. The Justice Department on July 2 issued new guidance aimed at improving the procedure known as a “still interested” inquiry, through...

CIA Establishes New Diversity Procedures

July 2, 2015 The CIA is implementing new diversity practices following a report released this week that concluded the agency “does not sufficiently prioritize the development of its officers, hold itself accountable for maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace, or consistently promote an inclusive culture.” Director John Brennan, in a June 30 statement,...

White House to Agencies: Budget for Climate Change

July 2, 2015 As part of President Obama’s continuing focus on addressing climate change, the White House budget office on Wednesday tasked agencies with “taking new steps to code it into the DNA of how we do business,” according to a blog post summarizing a new circular. “Climate action makes fiscal and economic...

Retirement of Acting VA Inspector General Doesn’t Halt Criticisms

July 1, 2015 Richard Griffin, longtime deputy inspector general and in recent years acting IG at the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, will leave the federal payroll on July 4, and his retirement is welcomed by some critics seeking a replacement who would be more in tune to whistleblowers. In a memo to his...

An Agency Left in Limbo as Authority Expires

July 1, 2015 The determined effort by some Republicans in Congress to defund the Export-Import Bank has left much of the agency’s staff cramped in their ability to work with industry, the press and public. As of Wednesday, the bank’s charter expired. The Ex-Im Bank—which critics view as corporate welfare due to its...

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