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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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IRS May Offer Hope to Feds Affected by OPM Hack

June 23, 2015 As agencies scramble to contain damage from the data breach of federal personnel files, a senator has asked the Internal Revenue Service to assist the Office of Personnel Management to protect victims against identity theft. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., on Monday wrote to Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen asking him...

How an NPR Librarian Outdid VA Researchers in Finding Mustard Gas Victims

June 23, 2015 The Veterans Affairs Department knew there were 4,000 World War II veterans who had been exposed to mustard gas during chemical experiments, the existence of which wasn’t declassified until the 1990s. But the agency’s effort to track them down and compensate any who suffered injuries went almost nowhere, according to...

Senate Confirms Neffenger to Rescue TSA

June 23, 2015 The Senate on Monday voted 81-1 to confirm Peter Neffenger as the nation’s sixth administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. A 30-year Coast Guard veteran who leaves that service as vice commandant, Neffenger will be sworn in at a time when TSA has been jolted by poor performance on an...

Subcommittee Chair Who Was Trying to Be Nicer to Feds Removed After Trade Vote

June 22, 2015 After just six months as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel’s Government Operations Subcommittee, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., was removed over the weekend by the committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., in apparent retaliation for Meadows’ recent procedural vote against granting the president fast-track trade negotiating authority. A...

Senators Want GSA to Catch Feds Who Use Plastic at Strip Clubs

June 22, 2015 In response to recent reports about federal employees misusing government charge cards, four senators on Friday introduced a bill to improve detection and prevention of such waste by tapping data analysis at the General Services Administration. The Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards act...

Justice Watchdog Continues to Clash with FBI Over Access to Documents

June 19, 2015 In a new twist in an ongoing struggle over the powers of inspectors general, the Justice Department’s watchdog on Tuesday released a report showing continued resistance by the FBI in sharing documents requested by IG investigators. The FBI since 2010 has argued that it cannot share information from National Security...

Justice-HHS Strike Force Nabs Medicare Fraudsters for $712 Million

June 19, 2015 The Justice Department on Thursday announced a record-setting takedown of doctors, nurses and health insurance employees suspected of false billing to Medicare, charging 243 individuals representing a total of $712 million in fraud. The nationwide sweep represents the largest action to date measured in dollars and people charged in the...

USAID’s Reported Success in Afghanistan May Be Based on Falsified Data

June 19, 2015 American-backed efforts to improve schools in war-torn Afghanistan may have relied on progress data that was falsified by Afghan government ministries seeking to keep the funding pipeline open, a watchdog said on Thursday. The U.S. Agency for International Development, which has supervised distribution of $769 million to bolster schools in...

By Running for Sheriff, Corps of Engineers Employee Violated Hatch Act

June 18, 2015 Aspirants seeking a career change are often advised not to quit their day job, but sometimes they are instead fired. James Murry, an employee of the Army Corps of Engineers was removed from federal service on Wednesday after an administrative judge concluded he violated the Hatch Act by running as...

Two Placed on Administrative Leave as Tensions Mount at Chemical Safety Board

June 18, 2015 In the latest sign of governance tensions at the Chemical Safety Board, two key officials who had been criticized during congressional investigations were placed on 45-day administrative leave, according to in-house emails leaked to an employee rights group. General Counsel Richard Loeb and Managing Director Daniel Horowitz are “on leave,”...

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