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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Does CDC Need More Authority to Enforce Its Own Ebola Protocols?

October 21, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday strengthened safety protocols for health workers caring for Ebola patients. But the agency still must rely on hospitals to follow the guidelines, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to enforce them if hospitals fall short. CDC’s Ebola protocols were intended...

$7 Billion Bid to Wean Afghanistan From Opium Trade Is a Bust

October 21, 2014 Among the long-term goals of the U.S-led coalition in Afghanistan was helping the war-torn underdeveloped country kick its economic dependency on the cultivation of poppies for the world’s illegal opium markets. But after various agencies spent $7.6 billion over more than a decade on counternarcotics efforts, opium poppy cultivation levels...

Bid Protest Ruling Deals Blow to Background Check Contractor

October 20, 2014 This story has been updated. The Government Accountability Office on Monday partially upheld the bid protest of a Leesburg, Va., contractor that sought to remove competitor USIS from a $210 million field office award signed in July by the Homeland Security Department’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In a victory...

Amid Ebola Scare, CDC Falls in Public’s Esteem

October 20, 2014 The Ebola crisis has taken its toll on the reputation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a CBS News poll conducted Oct. 15-16. Only 37 percent of respondents said the public health agency is doing an excellent or good job. A year ago, 60 percent of...

Laptops, Confidential Documents Left Sitting Out in GSA’s New Open Office

October 17, 2014 The agency leading the governmentwide charge toward economical open-office layouts has failed to follow procedures for securing sensitive and confidential documents and property, the General Services Administration’s inspector general found. A report released Thursday based on unannounced after-hours inspections of GSA’s cutting-edge, renovated headquarters at F Street Northwest in Washington...

Agency Officials Oppose Flight Bans from Ebola Hot Zones

October 16, 2014 Federal Public health executives on Thursday faced off against lawmakers angry over their fitful response to the Ebola crisis by announcing new countermeasures and by disagreeing with proposals by House Republicans for an immediate travel ban on flights from three West African countries where the virus is raging. Energy and...

Federal Health Officials Face Questions from All Sides on Capitol Hill

October 16, 2014 The big guns of federal health agencies will appear Thursday at a noon hearing on the Ebola crisis for what is likely to be a political showdown over gaps in the U.S. response. “Ebola has been on the world's radar screen since March and yet the United States and the...

Government Failures Illustrate the Need for Risk Management

October 15, 2014 The government’s recent high-profile failures—the glitchy launch of, alleged targeting of interest groups by the Internal Revenue Service, the patient scheduling scandal at veterans hospitals—“show the need for a broader enterprise risk management program,” the U.S. Controller said on Wednesday. David Mader told an audience of government accountants that...

Controversial VA Procurement Executive Resigns Before She Can Be Fired

October 15, 2014 The Veterans Health Administration procurement chief recently accused of improperly favoring a private contractor notified the Veterans Affairs Department on Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately. Susan Taylor’s move comes amid pressure on the VA from lawmakers to accelerate the termination process for executives found to have engaged in...

Join a Gym or Get Your Hair Done, Sometimes on Uncle Sam’s Plastic

October 14, 2014 Given the thousands of agency employees who carry purchasing or travel cards, some misuse would seem inevitable. The most egregious case cited by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., at a Tuesday hearing involved some $31,000 spent by Coast Guard employees in fiscal 2013 at a Starbucks in Alameda, Calif. That was...

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