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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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Evidence Grows that Marshals Service Bypassed Hiring Rules

April 21, 2015 A whistleblower’s allegation of a quid pro quo hire at the U.S. Marshals Service gained credibility on Monday when Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, released internal agency emails and a corrected letter from the Justice Department confirming that the allegations remain under investigation. The new emails suggest that Director Stacia Hylton...

Defense Contractors Unsatisfied with Thornberry's Acquisition Bill

April 21, 2015 The largest contractors trade organization has asked the House Armed Services Committee to rethink several components of its bill to reform the Pentagon’s acquisition process, opposing in particular a plan to centralize decision-making on whether to buy products on the existing commercial market. The 400-company Professional Services Council on April...

Contractors Oppose Plan to Centralize Pentagon Commercial Purchasing

April 21, 2015 The largest contractors trade organization has asked the House Armed Services Committee to rethink several components of its bill to reform the Pentagon’s acquisition process, opposing in particular a plan to centralize decision-making on whether to buy products on the existing commercial market. The 400-company Professional Services Council on April...

Newly Revealed Memo Revives Flap Over ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Disclosures

April 20, 2015 The four-year-old dispute over whether top Pentagon officials disclosed classified information to the makers of the Bin Laden raid movie “Zero Dark Thirty” took on a new wrinkle this month. The nonprofit Project on Government Oversight on April 16 unveiled a document suggesting greater White House involvement in influencing the...

Bipartisan Team Launches Effort to Better Assess Whether Programs Work

April 20, 2015 As promised, a bipartisan and bicameral pair of congressional budget leaders on Thursday introduced their bill to create a commission to recommend ways to expand the use of data to weigh the effectiveness of programs and tax expenditures. Coming from House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate...

House Uses Tax Day to Pass Restraints on IRS

April 16, 2015 As promised last month, the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday by voice vote passed seven bills aimed at reining in alleged politicization at the Internal Revenue Service. "We've said from day one that we're going to clean up the IRS, and these bills are a key part of that effort,” said...

U.S. Hostages from 1979 Iranian Revolution May Finally Be Compensated

April 15, 2015 Years of litigating and recent weeks of lobbying appeared to have paid off on Tuesday when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a landmark bill addressing the pending Iran nuclear weapons deal that included a new sort of rescue for a famous set of U.S. hostages. Standing to benefit is...

It Just Got Easier to Contest Inclusion on the No Fly List

April 15, 2015 As part of an ongoing review of passengers’ rights to challenge the federal No-Fly List, the Justice Department is giving up some secrecy in the fight against terrorism. In a filing Monday in District Court in Portland, Ore., acting Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Mizer established new procedures under which would-be...

Program Duplication Report: Should Scientists Analyze Toy Guns?

April 14, 2015 In presenting 66 actions agencies or Congress could take to reduce program duplication and fragmentation, the Government Accountability Office on Tuesday placed most of the onus for achieving new efficiency on the legislative branch. “Where there has been good progress, it took congressional action to achieve savings, even though agencies...

VA's Handling of Whistleblowers Continues to Irk Lawmakers

April 14, 2015 Quality of life for head and neck surgeon Dr. Christian Head has done little but deteriorate since last July when he gave testimony to a House panel on a “climate of fear and intimidation” of whistleblowers at the West Los Angeles veterans health care campus. “My leader has been reassigned...

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