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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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Meet the Duo Responsible for a Smooth Presidential Transition

October 17, 2016 Beyond the acrimony and headlines of one of the most contentious presidential elections in history, two seasoned federal executives are working hard to deliver on an aspect of President Obama’s management agenda most Americans would support: executing a smooth and seamless transition to a new administration. Fresh off a meeting...

FEMA Advised to Claw Back $25 Million from Town Struck By Tornado

October 17, 2016 A $61.7 million emergency federal grant to a Mississippi town coping with an April 2014 deadly tornado was not properly accounted for, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general reported this month. The IG recommended that the Federal Emergency Management Agency call back about $25 million. The city of Louisville, where...

Former NCIS Supervisor Gets Longest Sentence Yet in 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Case

October 17, 2016 In the toughest punishment yet in the "Fat Leonard" Navy contractor bribery case, a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service supervisory special agent was given 144 months in prison on Friday by a Southern California district judge. John Bertrand Beliveau II, 47, of York, Pa., was also ordered to repay $20...

SBA Joins with LinkedIn to Boost Private Board Diversity

October 14, 2016 Continuing to push the advantages of diversity in the final months of the Obama era, the chief of the Small Business Administration on Thursday unveiled a new study of gender and racial makeup of private company boards while also announcing a recruiting partnership with LinkedIn. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet told...

Another Guilty Plea in Navy’s 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Case

October 14, 2016 A lieutenant commander in the Navy’s Western Pacific supply chain pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges on Thursday, the latest in a string of prosecutions in the so-called ‘Fat Leonard’ corruption scandal out of Singapore. Gentry Debord, 41, made the plea to a Southern California district judge acknowledging that...

It's Time to Reform OMB, Experts Say

October 14, 2016 The advent of a new administration represents an “historic” opportunity to elevate the “M” side of the Office of Management and Budget. That’s according to a new report from the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, based on interviews with some 70 OMB alumni and outside stakeholders. The report found that...

White House Accused of Bypassing Rules on Access to Taxpayer Information

October 13, 2016 In the latest in a long effort to prove White House interference with the Internal Revenue Service, the right-leaning legal group Cause of Action Institute released a 67-page investigative report saying President Obama has “circumvented the congressionally created and authorized procedures for accessing confidential taxpayer information.” Writing in the context...

Next Defense Chief Should Make Deputy a Real Manager, Says Business Board

October 13, 2016 Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming presidential election, the Defense secretary sworn in after Jan. 20 should curb overhead, elevate the department’s comptroller and make his or her deputy a true manager, according to presidential transition recommendations released Tuesday by the Defense Industry Board. The body of 26 industry...

State Department Has a Ways to Go to Achieve Proper Classification of Documents

October 12, 2016 One of the many issues raised by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email controversy is who within the State Department determines the classification level of key and routine documents. According to an inspector general’s report issued late last month, the department has fallen short in updating its list of...

Consumer Bureau Declared Unconstitutional by Appeals Court

October 11, 2016 This story has been updated. The controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—set up by the 2010 financial reform law with funding independent of Congress—was declared unconstitutional on Tuesday by the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In a case involving a New Jersey mortgage lender challenging a $109...