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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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Study: Agencies Flout Environmental Rules More than Private Firms

October 13, 2015 Government-owned power plants, hospitals and water utilities fall short in complying with federal environmental laws more often than similar private-sector entities, an academic study found. Publicly owned facilities are less likely to face fines or other sanctions for violations than are those owned and run by private firms, according to...

Justice Forces Phony Woman-Owned Contractor to Pay $20 Million

October 9, 2015 The defense contractor UFC Aerospace and its former president agreed to pay $20 million after admitting to the government that the company had falsely certified itself as a woman-owned small business, the Justice Department announced on Thursday. Beginning in 2001 until 2011, the Bay Shore, N.Y-based firm and its former...

Weather Service Staffers Protest 'Gag Orders' in Workforce Planning

October 8, 2015 The National Weather Service’s recent introduction of employee nondisclosure agreements concerning internal issues such as workforce planning, grievance procedures and collective bargaining has prompted a legal complaint from two employee groups. The National Weather Service Employees Organization joined with the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on Wednesday in writing...

Intel Community Opens Campus in Suburban Maryland

October 8, 2015 Some 3,000 employees of the 17-agency intelligence community have begun switching their commute to report to a “state-of-the-art” campus that opened on Wednesday in Bethesda, Md. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was among the officials at the ribbon cutting hosted by the Defense Intelligence Agency. “I believe this world-class...

Budget-Crunched IRS Fell Behind on Protecting Social Security Numbers

October 8, 2015 As part of the governmentwide effort against identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service is working to minimize the use of Social Security numbers in routine forms and correspondence but is making limited progress, a watchdog found. As of January 2015, the IRS estimated that it had removed or masked Social...

Regulatory Overhaul Bills Clear Senate Homeland Security Panel

October 7, 2015 A key Senate panel on Wednesday took a step toward ambitious changes in the government’s regulatory agencies, approving four bills aimed at lowering cost burdens, weeding out obsolete rules, making rulemaking procedures consistent and boosting public participation. “We’ve been talking to find the sweet spot, to lay down this first...

OMB Pressured to Invoke Bush Directive Banning Earmarks

October 6, 2015 Two transparency groups with ties across the political spectrum are petitioning the Office of Management and Budget to curb spending by enforcing a George W. Bush-era executive order aimed at halting “wasteful earmarks.” In a letter to White House Budget Director Shaun Donovan, the nonprofits Cause of Action and Demand...

Senator Calls for Justice Department Probe of VA Relocation Funds Abuse

October 6, 2015 Elevating a story from alleged mismanagement to possible criminality, the ranking senator on the Veterans Affairs panel on Tuesday asked the Attorney General to investigate accusations published last month that Veterans Affairs Department managers spent relocation money to boost their colleagues’ salaries. The VA inspector general’s office reported on Sept....

After 640-Day Wait, VA Gets a Nominee for Inspector General

October 5, 2015 After more than 640 days with the office vacant, the Veterans Affairs Department’s inspector general slot now has a nominee, President Obama announced on Friday. The nominee is regulatory practice attorney Michael J. Missal, who has spent the past 25 years as a partner at K&L Gates LLP in Washington...

Watchdog Reopens Secret Service Probe as Chaffetz Tars Director

October 5, 2015 The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general on Monday announced that he has reopened a recently completed investigation that revealed that dozens of Secret Service employees had illegally accessed the personnel file of onetime job applicant Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. DHS watchdog...