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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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Now It's Defense Chief Ash Carter's Turn to Explain Use of Personal Email

February 2, 2016 Citing the ongoing probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman on Monday asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter for a full inventory of the emails from his private account disclosed in the press last November. “The use of private email in this context exposes...

Obama’s Final Pentagon Budget Request May Renew Clash Over Spending ‘Gimmick’

February 1, 2016 President Obama’s final defense budget—to be previewed Tuesday by Defense Secretary Ash Carter before it is officially released on Feb. 9—is likely to provoke another clash with the GOP-controlled Congress about funding overseas contingency operations in the base budget, a specialist said on Monday. Where Obama regarded the $58.8 billion...

Afghanistan Growing More Dangerous for US Rebuilders

January 31, 2016 In the latest in a grim series, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction on Friday published a quarterly report highlighting the “fragile and worsening” condition of the economy and security climate in the war-torn country. After a decade of reconstruction and a U.S. investment of $113 billion, “intractable insurgents,...

SBA Finalizes New Business Size Standards

January 29, 2016 Beginning in February, the federal definition of what qualifies as a small business will change, the Small Business Administration announced on Thursday. Two final rules were published this week in the Federal Register for measuring the number of employees, along with final approval for an earlier rule addressing monetary worth...

Navy Commander Pleads Guilty in Contractor’s Bribery-Prostitution Scheme

January 29, 2016 Six years after the launch of an investigation into an Asia-based contractor bribery scheme that cost the Navy $20 million, a Navy commander pleaded guilty to accepting illegal cash, gifts, travel, entertainment and prostitution services, the Justice Department revealed on Thursday. Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, 48, of San Diego,...

Afghanistan Growing More Dangerous for U.S. Rebuilders

January 29, 2016 In the latest in a grim series, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction on Friday published a quarterly report highlighting the “fragile and worsening” condition of the economy and security climate in the war-torn country. After a decade of reconstruction and a U.S. investment of $113 billion, “intractable insurgents,...

National Tax Identity Theft Week Brings Out Stubborn Agency Challenges

January 28, 2016 With government and industry marking National Tax Identity Theft Week, the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced enhancements to its fraud reporting website, acting just as an inspector general faulted the Internal Revenue Service for missing some fraudulent tax returns in a pilot detection program. Identity thieves victimized 17.6 million...

Homeland Security Offers Training to Combat Human Trafficking

January 28, 2016 Courses offered by Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers will now include material aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking within the United States, the Homeland Security Department announced on Wednesday. The announcement, made as part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, said the centers, which serve law enforcement...

DHS Reports Spending Only 1 Percent of its $1.4B Training Budget

January 27, 2016 Though Congress provides more than $1 billion in funds to train personnel at the Department of Homeland Security, DHS spends a small fraction of that on workforce training—at least according to its bookkeepers. As an example of the iffy bookkeeping, auditors found that in fiscal 2014, Congress provided $1.4 billion...

D.C. World War I Memorial Design to Honor Common Soldier

January 27, 2016 The congressionally mandated campaign to add a World War I memorial to the Washington landscape took a major step on Tuesday with the announcement of a winner in its open and international design concept contest. Seeking to remedy a perceived neglect of “the Great War” and the average service members...