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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GSA Wants Agencies to Get Smarter About Charge Cards

December 11, 2014 Perhaps plastic is not the future, after all. The 265,000 active purchase cards used regularly across the government may give way to more efficient and economical payment tools under the “SmartPay3” program being pursued by the General Services Administration. In a request for information published Wednesday, GSA asked financial services...

Psychologists' $81M Torture Contract Exposes CIA's 'Remarkably Broad' Acquisition Authorities

December 10, 2014 Among many controversial CIA actions described in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s new report on the post-9/11 detention and interrogation program is the award of an $81 million multi-year contract to access advice on pain infliction from two psychologists. Identified under pseudonyms of Swigert and Dunbar, the two Air Force veterans...

Watchdog Creates High-Risk List for Afghanistan Reconstruction

December 10, 2014 Two days after U.S. forces lowered their flag for the departure of most troops from Afghanistan, the special inspector general on Wednesday warned policymakers against allowing attention to the war-torn country to drift, and he unveiled a new “high-risk list” of factors that could complicate that country’s transition to self-sufficiency....

Agencies Show Progress in Curbing Improper Payments

December 9, 2014 Agency efforts to comply with congressional mandates for reducing improper payments—which hit an estimated $105 billion in fiscal 2013—show forward progress but some lapses in reporting and some failures to meet targets, a watchdog found. Thirteen of 24 major agencies demonstrated to their inspectors general that they had met criteria...

War Zone Food Contractor Pleads Guilty to Overcharging

December 9, 2014 A major supplier of food and bottled water to U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan on Monday pleaded guilty to overcharging the Defense Logistics Agency by $48 million. Supreme Food Service, whose parent company is based in the Netherlands, agreed to pay $434 million to settle criminal and civil...

Federal Job Satisfaction Sinks in Latest Survey

December 9, 2014 Employee satisfaction and commitment declined to their lowest levels since the 2003 debut of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” report in the edition released Tuesday by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte Consulting LLP. The new overall score of 56.9 out of 100, based...

GSA Launches New Shared Office Supplies Purchasing

December 8, 2014 The General Services Administration is free to inaugurate its long-planned shared services office supplies contract vehicle now that the Government Accountability Office has rejected all bid protests. GAO on Dec. 4 lifted a “stay of performance” for the so-called Third Generation OS3 solution, and the contract vehicle is “ready for...

Treasury Watchdog Rewrites Letter on FOIA’d Tax Documents

December 8, 2014 A legal letter implying that the White House and the Treasury secretary may have inappropriately viewed confidential taxpayer information prompted a do-over on Friday by an attorney for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. TIGTA attorney Gregory Williams in a Dec. 5 letter to the conservative transparency group Cause...

Treasury Watchdog Asserts Authority Over FOIA’d Tax Documents

December 5, 2014 The inspector general handling the targeting controversy at the Internal Revenue Service is resisting demands by a conservative legal group that it release documents the group believes show that White House employees violated privacy laws by reviewing confidential tax documents. The dispute—the latest twist in the 18-month-old investigation of IRS...

Telework Isn’t the Only Thing PTO Needs to Do a Better Job of Monitoring

December 5, 2014 The Patent and Trademark Office, recently under fire for weak supervision of telecommuting examiners, has insufficiently monitored its time-and-materials contracts to information technology service providers, a watchdog found. Contracts that present a higher risk of cost overruns were managed by employees “who did not follow best practices” and failed to...

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