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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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Pass-Through Contracts for War Zones Need Monitoring, GAO Finds

December 29, 2014 Three agencies working overseas that together spent $322 billion on contracting in fiscal 2013 need to improve guidance given contracting officers to reduce risk of overpayments, a watchdog found. Two-thirds of that money is funneled through prime contractors to smaller contractors who perform most of the work. Use of pass-through...

Anti-ISIS Operation Gets Its Own Inspector General

December 23, 2014 Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military’s campaign of airstrikes coupled with training of local troops to degrade the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, now has its own inspector general to watch for waste in the effort. Jon Rymer, the Defense Department watchdog, was named on Dec. 17 as the...

Health Service Marks Banner Year Without a Surgeon General

December 23, 2014 When Dr. Vivek Murthy was sworn in as the 19th surgeon general on Thursday, his team at the U.S. Public Health Service was doubtless relieved, but they had hardly been biding their time. For the past 18 months, the office and its 6,800-member commissioned corps had been led on an...

Lockheed Contractor Must Repay $27.5M for Overcharging Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

December 22, 2014 A defense contractor producing products and services for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan agreed on Friday to repay the government $27.5 million to settle overbilling charges brought under the False Claims Act. The Justice Department announced on Friday that Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems overbilled the Pentagon for work performed...

Senate Appropriations Chief: IRS Cuts Could Have Been Much Worse

December 22, 2014 Democrats, pundits and federal employee unions have blasted the massive spending bill signed into law last week for including a Republican proposal to slash the budget of the Internal Revenue Service because of its alleged political bias. But the cuts could have been far worse, outgoing Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman...

EPA’s Budget Cut Shrinks Staff to Smallest Since 1989

December 22, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency found itself among the losers in the massive fiscal 2015 spending bill signed last week by President Obama, absorbing a plan for heightened oversight and a $60 million cut that shrinks its staffing to the lowest levels since 1989. This continues five straight years of reductions....

Lockheed Martin Unit Forfeits $27.5 Million for Overbilling

December 22, 2014 A defense contractor producing products and services for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan agreed on Friday to repay the government $27.5 million to settle overbilling charges brought under the False Claims Act. The Justice Department announced on Friday that Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems overbilled the Pentagon for work performed...

Cigar Enthusiasts Champing at the Bit

December 22, 2014 Many U.S. businesses spent the weekend salivating over new trade and investment possibilities in Cuba that may be hastened by President Obama's move to begin normalizing relations with the left-wing dictatorship. But few took action quicker than the American cigar industry publication Cigar Aficianado, which took out a full-page ad...

OMB Trumpets Progress on Tracking Contractor Performance and Other Cross-Agency Goals

December 19, 2014 From cybersecurity to agency customer service to strategic sourcing, the priority goals set by the Obama administration in the budget last March continue to guide agency management improvements and are producing “notable progress and success,” according to the Office of Management and Budget. Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert in...

Here Are All the US Ambassador Nominees the Senate Left in Limbo

December 19, 2014 The Senate’s last-minute flurry of ambassadorial confirmations was no doubt better than gridlock for the American Foreign Service Association. That union has long complained of extended vacancies in key overseas posts due to Senate internal politics, and earlier this year took a rare position criticizing the Obama administration for nominating...

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