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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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The Ongoing Mystery of Who OK'd Clinton's Private Server

June 30, 2016 With Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign awaiting results of an FBI probe into her handling of classified information, her aides and former colleagues continue to give testimony in a private lawsuit without answering the question of who approved Clinton’s controversial private home server. Judicial Watch, the conservative nonprofit legal group that...

Clinton Technology Plan Promises 'Smarter' Government

June 30, 2016 The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign’s newly released Technology and Innovation Agenda, while addressing broad consumer issues such as broadband access, tech job growth and STEM education, contains a sizable set of proposals on making government “smarter.” It also comes out in favor of full implementation of the 2014 Data Accountability...

Nominee for OMB Deputy Slot Promises Focus on the Presidential Transition

June 29, 2016 If confirmed for the final six months of the Obama administration, deputy management director nominee Andrew Mayock would focus on ensuring a smooth presidential transition and would seek to avoid “reinventing the wheel,” he told senators on Tuesday. Mayock, who joined the Office of Management and Budget in 2013 after...

SBA to Interpret Supreme Court Contractor Ruling for Small Business

June 28, 2016 This month’s Supreme Court decision requiring the Veterans Affairs Department to expand set-asides for veteran-owned small businesses could affect broader procurement regulations across government, a Small Business Administration official said on Tuesday. John Shoraka, associate administrator of SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, told Government Executive at a...

House Oversight Panel Probes Consumer Bureau’s Advertising Strategy

June 28, 2016 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recently disclosed $12.5 million advertising contract is under the scrutiny of a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a June 24 letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the lawmakers cited a recent Wall Street Journal report drawn from...

One of the Longest-Running Whistleblower Cases Is About to Get Longer

June 27, 2016 Kim Farrington’s job with the Federal Aviation Administration ended in 2004, yet her protest, eventually directed to the Merit Systems Protection Board, was denied only three weeks ago—two and a half years after her latest hearing. Now the Florida-based member of the community of whistleblower activists plans to appeal, Government...

Senator Wants to Know More About Homeland Security's Use of Paid Leave

June 27, 2016 This story has been updated. Though Homeland Security has made strides in curbing overuse of paid administrative leave for employees accused of misconduct, the department needs to provide Congress with greater detail on individual cases, according to a request from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. In a June 23 letter to...

GSA Receives On-Time Bids to Build New FBI Headquarters

June 24, 2016 The General Services Administration confirmed that on Wednesday, on schedule, it received bids from an unidentified number of contractors to construct a 2.1 million rentable-square-foot new FBI headquarters facility. The offers came in response to a Jan. 22 phase II request for proposals following an environmental impact assessment completed last...

IRS Could Improve Reponses to Identity Theft, Says GAO

June 24, 2016 Efforts by the Internal Revenue Service to curb wrongful refunds to identity thieves have shown progress, a watchdog said, but shaky methodology may be low-balling estimates of bad payments and a new risk management assessment is warranted. The agency’s Taxpayer Protection Program to authenticate suspicious tax returns relies on posing...

Clinton's Private Email Server Was Briefly Locked Down in 2011

June 23, 2016 Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State show that technicians temporarily suspended traffic from the server to avoid penetration by hackers. The documents were obtained by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch through a court order as part of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking...