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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Geospatial Agency Chief Takes Care Not to Oversell Intelligence on the Islamic State

January 22, 2015 The speed with which the self-proclaimed Islamic State gobbled up territory in Iraq and Syria has made mapping its reach difficult, “which means we don’t try to oversell our intelligence,” the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said on Wednesday. Robert Cardillo told reporters that “the nuances and gray areas”...

Survey: Acquisition Workforce Falling Behind on Training

January 22, 2015 The buyers of products and services across government are not receiving the fresh training or modern skill sets needed to innovate and acquire the complex technology called for in today’s agency missions, according to a survey of federal acquisition employees released on Thursday. “The acquisition workforce’s skills in areas such...

Air Marshal Whistleblower Wins Supreme Court Case

January 21, 2015 The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of an air marshal whistleblower who went public with a Homeland Security Department move to reduce security coverage on long-distance flights, a 7-2 decision hailed by whistleblower advocates as a bulwark strengthening the Whistleblower Protection Act. In Department of Homeland Security v....

Model Telework Program Runs Into Problems of Its Own

January 21, 2015 The General Services Administration, which promotes the virtues of telecommuting governmentwide, has itself fallen short in managing its virtual employee workforce, an inspector general said Tuesday. “GSA does not know the number of virtual employees it has, and some virtual employee work arrangements were not fully approved,” according to a...

Around Government

January 21, 2015 What a Long, Strange Route It’s Been Patrick Donahoe strived to be the Postal Service’s bridge over troubled waters. By Eric Katz Nearly every time Patrick Donahoe makes a public appearance, he asks those who are listening to raise their hands if they still pay their bills through the mail....

A Ripe Time for Civil Service Reform?

January 21, 2015 The Republican leaders for the new Congress were cryptic in their post-election op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, vowing to address “an antiquated government bureaucracy ill-equipped to serve a citizenry facing 21st century challenges, from disease control to caring for veterans.” House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Majority...

Obama: Let's Set Sights Higher Than ‘Just Making Sure Government Doesn’t Screw Things Up’

January 20, 2015 In a State of the Union address delivered amid upbeat economic news, President Obama on Tuesday night declared for the first time in his presidency that “the shadow of crisis has passed and the state of the union is strong.” In a 6,400-word, 60-minute celebratory speech delivered two months after...

The Stories of Four VA Whistleblowers Who Exposed Lapsed Patient Care

January 20, 2015 The Office of Special Counsel on Tuesday distributed four new profiles of Veterans Affairs Department employees who experienced retaliation for reporting botched medical care. The detailed workplace stories of Mark Tello, Richard Hill, Rachael Hogan and Coleen Elmers are among more than 25 cases for which the governmentwide ombudsman’s office...

Defense Employees Used Fake Website to Net Millions in Recruiting Bonuses

January 20, 2015 A retired Army sergeant and his wife, both of whom work for the Defense Department, remain on the payroll after exposure of their scheme to collect Army recruiting bonuses using a ghost website, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., announced on Tuesday. The couple collected $4 million in bonuses for referring potential...

Afghan Reconstruction Audits Saved More Than $1 Billion, Watchdog Says

January 20, 2015 Since its launch in 2008, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has issued seven key audits with recommendations for the Defense Department that saved or repurposed $1.1 billion in taxpayer funds, the watchdog announced on Tuesday. The auditors issued 209 recommendations to Defense, chiefly to its Central Command, of...

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