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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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Consumer Bureau Is a Political Football in Both Party Platforms

July 25, 2016 Five years after it was stood up as a response to the 2008 financial meltdown, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can boast its status this month as one of the few agencies specifically mentioned in both of the national political party platforms. Most Republican lawmakers haven’t given up on oft-stated...

IG: GSA Wastes Millions Due to Pricing Problems in Computer Resale Program

July 25, 2016 Despite years of efforts to streamline multiple award schedules used by information technology resellers, the General Services Administration has been offering many identical items at varying prices, said an inspector general’s report released on Monday. “GSA’s ability to obtain competitive, market-based prices may be impaired when IT schedule resellers have...

The $2.6 Billion Investment in Afghan IT Infrastructure Is Apparently Paying Off

July 22, 2016 American efforts to modernize communications to stabilize the economy of war-ravaged Afghanistan are paying off, according to an audit released on Friday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Since 2002, the State and Defense departments, helped later by the U.S. Agency for International Development, have implemented programs costing...

House Panel Demands That Agencies Describe Hatch Act Compliance

July 22, 2016 Following a slew of Hatch Act violations announced by the Office of Special Counsel, the chairman and ranking member of a key House panel have written to 18 major departments demanding details on their criteria for determining which events are too political for officials to attend. Hatch Act regulations define...

More Than 4,000 Feds Provided Security at GOP Convention

July 22, 2016 One down, one to go. The Republican National Convention ended Thursday night without violent incidents, prompting a statement of praise for the multi-agency security effort that will continue next week for the Democrats’ event in Philadelphia. Some 3,000 Homeland Security Department personnel aided the Cleveland Division of Police this past...

New Whistleblower Protections for Contractors Gain Traction in Congress

July 21, 2016 A bipartisan group of House members on Thursday unveiled a Whistleblower Protections for Contractors Act (H.R. 5920), following movement last month on a similar bill in the Senate. The bipartisan measure would give subgrantees and personal services contractors the same whistleblower protections currently afforded contractors, grant recipients and subcontractors. “Whistleblowers...

Patent Office Urged to Better Define Quality, Rethink Staff Incentives

July 21, 2016 The Patent and Trademark Office, at a time of rising lawsuits charging patent infringements, needs to improve quality and better monitor examiners’ work, a watchdog found. In a pair of reports and staff survey released on Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office said that patent examiners report being pressed for time...

CIA Director’s Goals for Next Administration Don’t Include Resuming Torture

July 20, 2016 Fresh off a planning meeting for the coming presidential transition, CIA Director John Brennan on Tuesday night named three items he hopes to see from the next administration: an embrace of digital intelligence tools; a congressional commission on balancing security with civil rights; and—most dramatically—a rejection of the proposal by...

Justice Accuses DynCorp of False Claims on Iraq Contract

July 20, 2016 DynCorp International, while under contract with the State Department to train police in war-torn Iraq, may have submitted inflated expense claims, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday. In a civil complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, prosecutors alleged that the McLean, Va.-based contractor “knowingly...

Transition Experts Bow to Congress’s Demand for Easier Discipline of Senior Execs

July 19, 2016 The latest in a series of recommendations for the coming presidential transition calls for the next administration to incentivize cross-agency collaboration on strategic systems and accede to the current pressures from Congress to raise the accountability bar for underperforming senior executives. In a report titled “Transition 2016: Equipping the Government...