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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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IRS Employees Nailed for Using Purchase Cards for Hand Sanitizer

August 5, 2016 As part of its regular monitoring of how tax agency staff deploy purchasing cards, the independent watchdog for the Internal Revenue Service found that effective safeguards are in place for discouraging use of the cards for personal spending—including buying hand sanitizer, cold medicine and boxes of tissue – though abuses...

Agencies Hail Progress Toward Goal of Ending Veterans Homelessness

August 5, 2016 One of the Obama administration’s longtime strategic goals has been the multi-agency effort to end homelessness among veterans. Timed with President Obama’s speech to a disabled veterans group in Atlanta on Aug. 1, the Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments joined with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness...

Special Counsel Argues Against VA’s Bid for More Proof from Whistleblowers

August 4, 2016 Disputing a judge’s interpretation of the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Office of Special Counsel on Wednesday weighed in with its third amicus brief on a case involving the Veterans Affairs Department’s firing of an employee who reported wasteful practices. In Anthony Salazar v. Department of Veterans Affairs, the...

Agencies Get a New Playbook for Managing Risks

August 3, 2016 The General Services Administration, in cooperation with the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, on Friday launched a new “playbook” for enterprise risk management that aims to improve decision-making and planning across government. The “Playbook: Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)” is the action plan for complying with the Office of Management and...

Agencies Are Declassifying One-Time Secrets at a Higher Rate, Archives Reports

August 2, 2016 Historians, journalists and public policy analysts likely welcome the latest report on agency disclosures of one-time government secrets issued last week by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Obama administration’s goal of heightened transparency is visible both in reduced numbers of decisions to classify information and in expanded numbers...

FBI Director Lauds Whistleblowers' Role in Culture of 'Humility'

August 2, 2016 Declaring that “it is hard for us to be wrong,” FBI Director James Comey on Monday took a shot at explaining why whistleblowers often meet resistance with their disclosures of alleged waste, fraud or abuse. “Humility is one of the rarest elements in human existence,” and yet the FBI “spends...

Contractor for Afghan Army Vehicles More Than Doubled Cost, Watchdog Finds

August 1, 2016 A U.S. program to help the Afghan National Army become self-sufficient in maintaining transport vehicles failed to meet its basic contract requirements and program objectives, a watchdog reported on Friday. A five-year contract, originally valued at a fixed price of nearly $182 million, was repeatedly modified until the cost came...

With Political Conventions Over, Presidential Transition Planning to Hit Full Stride

August 1, 2016 With political convention balloons now dropped in both Cleveland and Philadelphia, the federal government on Monday begins in earnest to conduct what both parties hope will be a smooth presidential transition under the new law signed by President Obama in March. Designated transition staffers from both the Clinton and Trump...

Pentagon Watchdog Takes the Reins of Sexual Assault Whistleblower Investigations

July 29, 2016 Retired Lt. Col. Teresa James., a veteran of the Iraqi Freedom campaign who won a Bronze star for logistics leadership in Anbar Province, accepted a tough assignment from the Defense Department Office of Inspector General. As the principal in the first sexual assault whistleblower retaliation case substantiated by the IG,...

Hillary Clinton's Inner Wonk Emerges in Her Big Speech

July 29, 2016 In a work-woman-like acceptance speech packed with the obligatory rhetoric, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday night admitted what many had long suspected: That she is more at home discussing the minutia of Washington policy than she is on the campaign stump under pressure to bare her soul. Clinton’s...