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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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Justice Watchdog’s Bombshell Report Underlines Tricky Role of IGs

June 14, 2018 Thursday’s much-anticipated Justice Department watchdog report on the FBI’s handling of the 2016 election probes is unusual as a high-profile Rorschach test for partisans with opposite views. But the 500-page opus based on more than 100 interviews and a review of 1.2 million documents is highly typical of an inspector...

Agencies Continue Chipping Away at Science and Climate Change Spending

June 14, 2018 Despite Congress’s rejection of many of their proposed budget cuts, political appointees at agencies have made significant headway reining in scientific pursuits in the area of climate change, according to a compendium released on Wednesday. The liberal-leaning Center for American Progress compared the Trump budget submissions with final appropriations while...

EPA Under Fire for Slow Rolling Release of Public Records

June 13, 2018 A Democratic lawmaker has gone to bat for an array of open-government groups who’ve complained that the Environmental Protection Agency under Scott Pruitt has selectively slow-walked responses to public requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight and Government...

IRS Is Warned That Its Private Debt Collectors Are Harming the Poor

June 12, 2018 Fourteen months into its latest foray into using private tax debt collectors, the Internal Revenue Service is still grappling with the tendency for the contracted firms to target those taxpayers least able to afford payments. That’s the conclusion reached by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson in a June 6 blog...

Justice Task Forces Arrest 2,300 Online Child Sex Suspects

June 12, 2018 Task forces organized nationwide by the Justice Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children project arrested 2,300 suspected child sex offenders this spring, the department announced on Tuesday. Dubbed “Operation Broken Heart,” the coordinated effort by 4,500 state, local and tribal law enforcement teams responded to more than 25,200 complaints about technology-facilitated...

Booz Allen Wins Corrective Action from GSA on Army Software Contract

June 11, 2018 The General Services Administration must reimburse global contractor Booz Allen Hamilton for the costs of a recent bid protest due to delays in agency responses, the Government Accountability Office determined. In a decision from its general counsel dated May 7 but released only in redacted form on Monday, the congressional...

Army Incurred Costly Delays on Construction of Texas Hospital

June 11, 2018 The Army’s delays and added work orders for construction improvements for a hospital at Fort Bliss, Texas, cost the Defense Department more than $32.1 million, according to a new report from the inspector general. The watchdog faulted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Defense Health Agency for a lack...

Justice Department Watchdog Sets Stage With Congress for Politically Fraught Report

June 8, 2018 After more than a year of preparations and increasingly partisan pressures, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has given lawmakers a schedule for releasing his long-anticipated report on his agency’s controversial handling of 2016 election probes. In a June 7 letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Horowitz...

Secret Service Blames Late Data Entry for Accused Murderer Working in White House

June 7, 2018 Following the dramatic arrest of a White House contractor on attempted murder charges on Tuesday, the Secret Service finds itself on the hook for an explanation of how the man had been cleared to work at the presidential complex despite two past run-ins with the law. Martese Edwards, who performed...

Chemical Safety Board Chair Needs Broader Authority, IG Says

June 7, 2018 The 40-staffer independent Chemical Safety Board, whose leader announced her plans to resign this month, suffers from a lack of authority for the chairman over other appointees of its five-member board, a watchdog found. “The position of CSB chairperson lacks authority to hold board members accountable,” wrote Environmental Protection Agency...